Apr 08 2010

45 Astonishing Examples of Long Exposure Photography


Today we bring you an enticing article about long exposure photography. Long exposure photography is a technique in which a camera’s shutter is left open to expose over a longer period of time (be it 8 seconds or 8 hours). It is quite famous, trendy and somewhat difficult form of photography that allows you to witness things from a different perspective and lets you experience time in a different fashion. It enlightens your imagination to see beyond the face of an image, and to see what it can become.

So, without a further ado, here we present a list of 45 of the dazzling and unbelievable long exposure photographs that will take your breath away. We are quite sure that you will love this post whether you are a photographer or just a long exposure photography fan.

Long Exposure Photos

Annual photo


Fire and water


Long Exposure of Fireworks


S-Bend (ii)


Flame Wall


Niagara Falls


Tower Bridge


Amusement Ride


Pigeon Point Lighthouse


Long Exposure at La Ronde – 16


Light drawing during insomnia


Star trails


Light From Within


Long Exposure at La Ronde – 1


KFOG KABOOM in the Fog


Hats of ice


From East to West; New Brighton, The Wirral


My Son and I


Time to choose the right colours..


Disney – Illimunations – Reflections of Earth (1) (Explored)


Disney – A Ride On The TTA at Night (Explored)




In Car Entertainment in Dubai – long exposure


Energy – Film Long Exposure




Monasterio de Piedra Spain




Center of the world


Knapp’s Castle, Electrified


Golden Trafalgar


Loose Voltage


Platform Holly, Goleta, CA


Long Exposure Embers2


Glow Poi, The Big Rock at Hendry’s


Sparkling Shore


Forever Dreaming




Whirling around and around


Grande roue sous la verrière du Grand Palais – Paris


Tower bridge wide


How long is my exposure?


Long exposure test II






Neon Dichotomy


De Haan 1 – Long Exposure


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Comments and Discussions
  • piyanistll, 08 April 2010

    very nice thanks for post

    • foryou, 09 April 2010

      Hi, unfortunately we do not know but can we talk?
      I liked the girl in the picture:)

      • beth, 27 July 2010

        Lol :L

  • Perki, 08 April 2010

    These are awesome. This is quite weird though… I did one last night :D http://www.flickr.com/photos/planetperki/4501338094/

    • Jordan, 25 June 2010

      If you did one “last night,” then why is the date for the Flickr URL show as having been taken on “April 7, 2010.”

      Quite trying to derail the post to shamelessly plug your own photo.

      • Jordan, 25 June 2010

        And I should learn to look at the date.. You can mark this (and my other) comment for trash instead. *shameface*

      • bob, 29 June 2010

        why you gotta be a bitch

      • Snake, 06 July 2010

        ’cause she is a biatch.

      • Harry, 09 September 2010

        you have wonderful eyes

      • mem, 16 July 2010


      • Noel, 06 August 2010

        I sometimes don’t set the time on my camera so that could be why. Definitely taken by the guy, check out his style of photography on his flickr “pro” (being paid for) account

      • Waisybabu | WINARS, 16 July 2010

        Nevertheless, the photograph is still something we all must see. :)

      • Cheryle, 14 September 2010

        WOW, you guys! Jordan posted in June and assumed Piyanisll did too. She realized after busting him out that he actually posted on April 8, so the time stamp on the photo of April 7 was “last night” when HE posted, not when SHE posted. When she realized the mistake, she owned up to it.

      • Taint_Puncher, 28 September 2010

        fits perfectly for the “long time exposure” topic though don’t you think? puts the perspective of time in a new light. though she was modest enough to claim the fault right after (AND keep it up), you all still flock at the chance to ridicule her long after it happened. all while never commenting on the base topic to begin with… tsk tsk

      • Jamie, 21 February 2011

        if you look at his post… its posted on april 8th which means it was from the other night retard

    • Asher Fergusson, 11 July 2011

      Those pics are impressive.

      I also just put some up similar to this on my blog.



  • ...paul, 08 April 2010

    Stunning photography! A great compilation, thanks for taking the time to put it together. The s-bend one works very well; but they are all amazing.

  • Ilja, 08 April 2010

    After seeing all these beautiful shots I can’t wait to experiment more with long exposure shots! They get the creative juices flowing, thanks :)

    • Chris, 29 June 2010

      Agreed! My creative juices are well and truely flowing after seeing these shots. Shame there are no setting details ;-(

  • Jeryc Garcia, 08 April 2010

    Nice. Here’s my contribution. 30 seconds on a moonlit night – http://bit.ly/aBq7Pb

    • MS, 15 April 2010

      Thank you …your is also astonishing..is subtle and its beauty lays in that.

  • Tj, 08 April 2010

    utterly brilliant

  • NooN, 08 April 2010

    Great shots, thank you :)

  • Jordan Walker, 08 April 2010

    Those are some amazing images.

  • Lena Tailor, 08 April 2010

    Nice Job….
    Spectacular Collection…

    • ashraf, 13 May 2010

      you have spectacular eyes

    • Harry, 09 September 2010

      you have a beautiful face

  • Lucas Janin, 08 April 2010

    Nice selection !!
    Happy to see my picture there (Light drawing during insomnia).

  • Usman Arshad, 08 April 2010

    Very nice collection…!

  • Javier Mateos, 08 April 2010

    Hey there! Thanks for the share my fav is the one called “Persistence”; as always amazing post. :)

    Cheers from Mexico!

  • BigM75, 08 April 2010

    perfect shots

  • Ellie, 08 April 2010

    Awesome pictures- especially liked the Pigeon Point Lighthouse one.
    Thank you for the post.

  • frymde, 09 April 2010

    Awesome! They are really great pictures. Well done. I love take picts with this technic too but with people each time.

  • Elmar, 09 April 2010

    Loved the one of the merry-go-around, have done it myself brought back the memories

  • Web Risorsa, 09 April 2010

    Eye catching images.. Superb collection…

  • Rupinder Singh, 09 April 2010


  • Vinod, 09 April 2010

    I MUST buy myself a SLR after seeing all these!!!
    I’m hellot hungry now!!!

    Thanks a zillion for these pics!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Arash, 10 April 2010

    Truly amazing.

  • Very cool effects, love your collection of photos.

  • devil | m, 10 April 2010

    Simply breathtaking.

  • Uncle B, 11 April 2010

    Love the moving water shots – gotta get out my camera and try this! Will use Gimp (free with Ubuntu) to touch the shots up – I’m on disability pension and cannot afford Photo shop or Microsoft for that matter – Tip: save $ Use Ubuntu, older computer, and Gimp for your digital photos!

    • Amanda, 22 September 2010

      What are these?

  • Natasha, 11 April 2010

    wonderful collection…..loved it

  • Grayman Returns, 11 April 2010

    Cheers for the art that the exposure for a long time creates.

  • lava360blog, 11 April 2010

    dazzling photos. S-Ben is really beautiful

  • vinay, 11 April 2010


  • Danny Garcia, 11 April 2010

    How would one submit their own image for consideration on this list? I just did a long exposure photo of the space shuttle discovery taking off which made Flickr’s Explore page.

  • Cami Martin, 11 April 2010

    These photos are absolutely beautiful…I can’t even believe it.

    Thank you so much for sharing this for the worl

  • WPExplorer, 11 April 2010

    Wow! These are all beautiful! But I really really like the “light from within”, the one with the flowing water. So beautiful.

  • Glauber, 12 April 2010

    Great post, really beautiful!!!

  • Josh.Liba, 12 April 2010

    Wow! Thanks for using one of my photos! I really appreciate it, and I am so impressed by the collection put together here!

    Really great work! I’m honored to be in the same list.


  • Danko LogoFoo, 12 April 2010

    A great list of painting with lights. Only photographers can absolutely did it!

  • bo, 14 April 2010

    great selection of pictures!

    you might want to check out this french artists…she’s been working with/on long time exposure for a while


  • great set of images…thanks

  • Richard Jones, 14 April 2010

    GORGEOUS WORK–my personal fav is the bridge with
    thr fireworks in the fogg! Wonderful. Makes me want
    to get a cable release…

  • sarahjonez, 14 April 2010

    Just Ashtonishing……….. Love it

  • Inkalill, 15 April 2010

    Beautiful! The world in a new light!

  • Eduardo Manostijeras, 15 April 2010

    Very Pretty Pics!… Congrats!…

  • Flo, 17 April 2010

    amazing photography

  • Joe, 17 April 2010

    Very cool! I thought my long train one was cool…until I saw these! Nice examples, gives great ideas!


  • San, 18 April 2010

    Such wonderful shots !!! Well done and thank you!

  • Pradeep, 18 April 2010

    great compilation, thanks.

  • Michael Lawrence, 27 April 2010

    Truly striking photography, fine examples of the technique. Thank you for the collection. I am troubled by one thing, the lack of photographer credits. Yes, you did link the image name to the photographer so it is available but would it have been so difficult to credit each photographer under the title of the image? Just a thought.

  • onelargeprawn, 06 May 2010

    Amazing shots.

    Although it’s a little old, I’d say Justin Quin­nell’s 6-month long exposure would be a good addition to this gallery.


  • Fx, 08 May 2010

    Wonderful pics, I’m inspired to try my hand at this myself!

    I especially like the dreamy, pastel-like quality of the daytime outdoor shots. I wonder if this is due solely to the long-exposure technique, or if a special filter was used?

  • Nishant Singh, 09 May 2010

    These are beautiful pictures and make for excellent wallpapers. Amazing photography indeed!

  • John, 13 May 2010

    What I don’t understand is how you people can keep reproducing copyrighted images on your site — especially without giving credit to the copyright holders. You are just spreading the fallacy that anything on the Web is free for the taking.

    • Harry, 09 September 2010

      Hey John…

      Take it easy man… they are just images..

  • safwen, 17 May 2010

    see more


  • J Generation, 21 May 2010

    very beautiful~~

  • consuelo, 24 May 2010

    me encanta todo lo de Banco de imagenes, gracias por los envios saludos

  • Awesome! They are really great pictures. Well done. I love take picts with this technic too but with people each time.

  • herveleger, 02 June 2010

    wow… so amazing pictures .

  • herveleger, 02 June 2010

    wow.. so amazing pictures . like it

  • Schahryar Fekri, 10 June 2010

    Wow!!! Kool!

  • KAMLESH, 18 June 2010

    Its an Awesome Pics ….

  • Dain Miller, 19 June 2010

    This is the most amazing thing I have ever seen as far as Photography goes. I can say that with almost 100% certainty.

  • algdfa, 20 June 2010

    wow.. so amazing pictures . like it

  • Angel, 27 June 2010

    Awesome photos,many of its I guess are more then 30 sec exposing time :) ?

  • Heidi, 27 June 2010

    Awesome photos.
    i guess ghost pictures count as extended exposure too?

  • lk, 04 July 2010

    Nice colelction.. But a few of them look shooped.

  • David, 05 July 2010

    Very beautiful séries, I really like it. Great work

  • energy monitoring, 07 July 2010

    very nice. my boyfriend spins fire poi &i take some pretty cool pictures of him. but i’m sure that you’d be able to take better ones.

  • Rachel, 08 July 2010

    These are fascinating! I like the one Perki did as well :)

  • Jack, 09 July 2010

    Have a look at One Eyeland. Some of the best images I have seen in a long time oneeyeland.com

  • Jens, 16 July 2010

    I like the “Loose Voltage” foto. :-)

  • Larita Czach, 28 July 2010

    Very Good post man Thank you

  • Graham, 02 August 2010

    Amazing photos not my field but I wish I could do it.
    Thanks for the insight

  • Theone, 08 August 2010

    THANK YOU. These are amazing I love all of them.

  • Harry, 09 September 2010

    yeah..nice images. I will try some this weekend..

  • Sherman Unkefer, 15 September 2010

    Those were amazing – loved every one of them!

  • binu, 22 September 2010

    i like verymuch what a beauty full photos..

    +91 9846381110

  • Sarah, 23 September 2010

    I envy your free time and your life.

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  • Mario, 24 October 2010

    Well done. The are simply spectacular. Love’m

  • Michael P, 26 October 2010

    Very nice collection of photos.
    Found you on Stumble Upon…Glad I tripped into you.

  • internet tablet, 02 December 2010

    The next time I read a web site, I hope that it doesnt disappoint me as considerably as this 1. I imply, I know it was my option to read, but I essentially believed youd have a thing interesting to say. All I hear is a bunch of whining about a thing that you just could fix for those who werent too busy searching for attention.

  • Reynaldo Enosario, 07 December 2010

    Its a very great photography. A brilliant flicks and compilation.

  • Melissa J Daniels, 24 December 2010

    Your long exposure photography blows my mind! Your images are very surreal, and have a generally pleasing aesthetic. Kudo’s.

  • dasf, 28 January 2011


  • fajas colombianas, 14 March 2011

    I love the fireworks exposure the most

  • suzichan, 07 April 2011


  • Laura, 21 August 2011

    Stunning. The Pigeon Point Lighthouse one looks so mysterious….

  • (¯`•¸Geca¸•´¯), 29 September 2011

    Genius! Love love love your photographs :D

  • RobyFabro, 04 February 2012

    Great display of wonderful shots, I love them all!

  • Kerala Professional Wedding Photographer, 26 September 2012

    Such kind of photographs are always an inspiration to new commers

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