30 Stunning Examples of Long Exposure Photography

By / May 26, 2010 / Inspiration
shares

Long exposure photography involves leaving the shutter open for longer periods of time to allow more light to be captured. This technique is used by photographers to produce breathtaking results. For instance, capturing a busy street at night will result in an image of light streaks moving against the stationary buildings in the background. Here are 30 stunning examples of long exposure photography for your enjoyment.

Make sure you click on each photo to see a larger version and learn more about each of the talented photographers behind the cameras.

long exposure photography

long exposure photography

long exposure photography

long exposure photography

long exposure photography

long exposure photography

long exposure photography

long exposure photography

long exposure photography

long exposure photography

long exposure photography

long exposure photography

long exposure photography

long exposure photography

long exposure photography

long exposure photography

long exposure photography

long exposure photography

long exposure photography

long exposure photography

long exposure photography

long exposure photography

long exposure photography

long exposure photography

long exposure photography

long exposure photography

long exposure photography

long exposure photography

long exposure photography

long exposure photography

About the Author

Henry Jones is a web developer, designer, and entrepreneur with over 14 years of experience. He is the founder of WDL and ThemeTrust.

20 Comments

  1. Scott Corgan
    May 26, 2010

    This is my favorite type of photography! I love to see what the world looks like from a near-sided person’s perspective!

    Reply
  2. baca
    May 26, 2010

    great collection, second one is the best!!

    Reply
  3. kaha
    May 26, 2010

    Very nice collection! Not only the second is “the best”

    Reply
  4. Sander
    May 26, 2010

    Nice pictures. Love this one: http://webdesignledger.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/long_exposure_8.jpg

    Reply
  5. Auré
    May 26, 2010

    I’m not a great fan of this kind of photos but I have to admit that the effects are always very impressive…

    Reply
  6. Julio Flores
    May 26, 2010

    Wow!… Now I understand the radial effect in the stars and static objects. I’ll try this.

    Cool collection ;)

    Reply
  7. TKNY
    May 26, 2010

    One more:
    http://zestfullyclean.com/index.php?showimage=172

    Reply
  8. Anna
    May 26, 2010

    nice search that will work for browsers that support CSS3 a Thanks for sharing…Some of them are amazing…the rest is just great:) love it! Though, it would be nice to see referral to the relevant photographer against his/ her picture…

    Reply
  9. Laira
    May 26, 2010

    Wow, these are really amazing photos! Beautiful captures….Impossible to choose a favourite.Thanks for sharing…

    Reply
  10. Noushad
    May 27, 2010

    Nice collection :)

    Reply
  11. Beno
    May 28, 2010

    Great collection, thank you for sharing!

    Reply
  12. Colin
    May 30, 2010

    Truly amazing. I’d love to learn how to do this.

    Reply
  13. Ricardo Saavedra
    June 1, 2010

    Does anybody know any technique to do this kind of photo shoot ?

    Reply
  14. Will Watson
    June 14, 2010

    Hey! Great collection.

    Here’s a few I’ve taken in the great city of London…

    http://www.dontstayin.com/uk/london/a-secret-location/2007/aug/24/photo-7251793

    http://www.dontstayin.com/uk/london/a-secret-location/2007/aug/24/photo-7251681

    http://www.dontstayin.com/uk/london/a-secret-location/2007/aug/24/photo-7251667

    Let me know what you think ;)

    Reply
  15. Rawsan
    August 2, 2010

    How they do that ?

    http://webdesignledger.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/long_exposure_21.jpg

    Reply
    • Jim
      December 20, 2010

      Actually, Photoshop is a big part of that answer. That particular one is a composite, which isn’t really in the spirit of the post. The star trails are from somewhere – who knows – but you cannot simultaneously expose for that amount of time and also freeze the clouds. Clouds are moving way faster than the stars and just look like haze with a long exposure, not to mention obscuring the stars. In addition, you’ll notice the stars on the left are spinning on a different orbit than those on the right near the north pole. Nice and surreal, but definitely not real. IMHO, night photography is wild enough without the tinkering, but it is a nice image all the same.

      Reply
  16. Martin Soler Photography
    August 24, 2010

    Rawsan, It’s a camera set up in bulb mode (manually controlled exposure) where the camera is aiming at the sky for an hour or more. As the earth moved the stars make white lines. One just needs to ensure it’s done on a totally black night.
    Here is my long exposure photo, but not stars:
    http://martinsoler.com/2009/10/27/la-route-pour-versaille/

    Reply
  17. christian
    October 3, 2010

    Nice photographs, but 2/3 of the pictures you choose all were from 1x.com in the “night” category. Why not just make a blog post about 1x being THE place to go online if you want to see some amazing photography?

    Reply
  18. Arthur Does Designs
    October 27, 2010

    The Quality is fascinating.

    Reply
  19. Alex
    November 13, 2010

    Wow, some fantastic long exposure photographs there.

    Reply

Leave a Reply