45 Astonishing Examples of Long Exposure Photography

April 8th, 2010

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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106 comments for „45 Astonishing Examples of Long Exposure Photography
  1. piyanistll on April 8th, 2010 at 3:20 am

    very nice thanks for post

    • foryou on April 9th, 2010 at 12:47 am

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

      • beth on July 27th, 2010 at 4:33 am

        Lol :L

  2. Perki on April 8th, 2010 at 3:28 am

    These are awesome. This is quite weird though… I did one last night :D

    • Jordan on June 25th, 2010 at 1:04 pm

      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 on June 25th, 2010 at 1:06 pm

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

      • bob on June 29th, 2010 at 11:17 am

        why you gotta be a bitch

      • Snake on July 6th, 2010 at 7:27 am

        ’cause she is a biatch.

      • Harry on September 9th, 2010 at 6:53 pm

        you have wonderful eyes

      • mem on July 16th, 2010 at 4:36 am


      • Noel on August 6th, 2010 at 5:59 am

        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 on July 16th, 2010 at 5:30 am

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

      • Cheryle on September 14th, 2010 at 11:51 pm

        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 on September 28th, 2010 at 10:20 am

        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 on February 21st, 2011 at 1:31 am

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

    • Asher Fergusson on July 11th, 2011 at 11:42 pm

      Those pics are impressive.

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



  3. ...paul on April 8th, 2010 at 3:29 am

    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.

  4. Ilja on April 8th, 2010 at 3:53 am

    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 on June 29th, 2010 at 1:25 pm

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

  5. Jeryc Garcia on April 8th, 2010 at 4:22 am

    Nice. Here’s my contribution. 30 seconds on a moonlit night –

    • MS on April 15th, 2010 at 9:02 am

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

  6. Tj on April 8th, 2010 at 4:39 am

    utterly brilliant

  7. NooN on April 8th, 2010 at 5:05 am

    Great shots, thank you :)

  8. Jordan Walker on April 8th, 2010 at 5:15 am

    Those are some amazing images.

  9. Lena Tailor on April 8th, 2010 at 5:49 am

    Nice Job….
    Spectacular Collection…

    • ashraf on May 13th, 2010 at 10:03 am

      you have spectacular eyes

    • Harry on September 9th, 2010 at 6:50 pm

      you have a beautiful face

  10. Lucas Janin on April 8th, 2010 at 7:55 am

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

  11. Usman Arshad on April 8th, 2010 at 8:20 am

    Very nice collection…!

  12. Javier Mateos on April 8th, 2010 at 8:57 am

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

    Cheers from Mexico!

  13. BigM75 on April 8th, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    perfect shots

  14. Ellie on April 8th, 2010 at 3:38 pm

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

  15. frymde on April 9th, 2010 at 12:17 am

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

  16. Elmar on April 9th, 2010 at 12:56 am

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

  17. Web Risorsa on April 9th, 2010 at 1:07 am

    Eye catching images.. Superb collection…

  18. Rupinder Singh on April 9th, 2010 at 9:44 am


  19. Vinod on April 9th, 2010 at 9:52 am

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

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

  20. Arash on April 10th, 2010 at 1:05 am

    Truly amazing.

  21. Thomas Craig Consulting on April 10th, 2010 at 2:45 am

    Very cool effects, love your collection of photos.

  22. devil | m on April 10th, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    Simply breathtaking.

  23. Uncle B on April 11th, 2010 at 3:14 am

    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 on September 22nd, 2010 at 6:34 pm

      What are these?

  24. Natasha on April 11th, 2010 at 8:02 am

    wonderful collection…..loved it

  25. Grayman Returns on April 11th, 2010 at 9:03 am

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

  26. lava360blog on April 11th, 2010 at 9:33 am

    dazzling photos. S-Ben is really beautiful

  27. vinay on April 11th, 2010 at 9:45 am


  28. Danny Garcia on April 11th, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    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.

  29. Cami Martin on April 11th, 2010 at 8:10 pm

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

    Thank you so much for sharing this for the worl

  30. WPExplorer on April 11th, 2010 at 10:22 pm

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

  31. Glauber on April 12th, 2010 at 12:51 am

    Great post, really beautiful!!!

  32. Josh.Liba on April 12th, 2010 at 6:03 am

    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.


  33. Danko LogoFoo on April 12th, 2010 at 5:43 pm

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

  34. bo on April 14th, 2010 at 6:49 am

    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

  35. ian rogers aka USA Rogers Bros on April 14th, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    great set of images…thanks

  36. Richard Jones on April 14th, 2010 at 3:18 pm

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

  37. sarahjonez on April 14th, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    Just Ashtonishing……….. Love it

  38. Inkalill on April 15th, 2010 at 12:15 am

    Beautiful! The world in a new light!

  39. Eduardo Manostijeras on April 15th, 2010 at 8:46 am

    Very Pretty Pics!… Congrats!…

  40. Flo on April 17th, 2010 at 4:35 am

    amazing photography

  41. Joe on April 17th, 2010 at 1:23 pm

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

  42. San on April 18th, 2010 at 4:56 am

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

  43. Pradeep on April 18th, 2010 at 9:26 am

    great compilation, thanks.

  44. Michael Lawrence on April 27th, 2010 at 3:34 am

    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.

  45. onelargeprawn on May 6th, 2010 at 6:11 am

    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.

  46. Fx on May 8th, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    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?

  47. Nishant Singh on May 9th, 2010 at 12:56 am

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

  48. John on May 13th, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    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 on September 9th, 2010 at 6:46 pm

      Hey John…

      Take it easy man… they are just images..

  49. safwen on May 17th, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    see more

  50. J Generation on May 21st, 2010 at 2:00 am

    very beautiful~~

  51. consuelo on May 24th, 2010 at 11:09 am

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

  52. jayathu Chathuramadhu on May 28th, 2010 at 4:14 am

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

  53. herveleger on June 2nd, 2010 at 12:46 am

    wow… so amazing pictures .

  54. herveleger on June 2nd, 2010 at 12:47 am

    wow.. so amazing pictures . like it

  55. Schahryar Fekri on June 10th, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Wow!!! Kool!

  56. KAMLESH on June 18th, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    Its an Awesome Pics ….

  57. Dain Miller on June 19th, 2010 at 9:46 pm

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

  58. algdfa on June 20th, 2010 at 4:04 am

    wow.. so amazing pictures . like it

  59. Angel on June 27th, 2010 at 5:29 am

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

  60. Heidi on June 27th, 2010 at 8:06 pm

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

  61. lk on July 4th, 2010 at 8:25 am

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

  62. David on July 5th, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    Very beautiful séries, I really like it. Great work

  63. energy monitoring on July 7th, 2010 at 12:32 am

    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.

  64. Rachel on July 8th, 2010 at 2:37 pm

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

  65. Jack on July 9th, 2010 at 6:19 am

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

  66. Jens on July 16th, 2010 at 5:04 am

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

  67. Larita Czach on July 28th, 2010 at 4:41 am

    Very Good post man Thank you

  68. Graham on August 2nd, 2010 at 10:53 am

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

  69. Theone on August 8th, 2010 at 10:37 pm

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

  70. Harry on September 9th, 2010 at 6:48 pm

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

  71. Sherman Unkefer on September 15th, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Those were amazing – loved every one of them!

  72. binu on September 22nd, 2010 at 10:11 am

    i like verymuch what a beauty full photos..

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  73. Sarah on September 23rd, 2010 at 6:27 am

    I envy your free time and your life.

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  75. Mario on October 24th, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Well done. The are simply spectacular. Love’m

  76. Michael P on October 26th, 2010 at 5:26 pm

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

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  78. Reynaldo Enosario on December 7th, 2010 at 8:16 am

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

  79. Melissa J Daniels on December 24th, 2010 at 10:29 pm

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

  80. dasf on January 28th, 2011 at 2:39 am


  81. fajas colombianas on March 14th, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    I love the fireworks exposure the most

  82. suzichan on April 7th, 2011 at 7:55 pm


  83. Laura on August 21st, 2011 at 5:13 pm

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

  84. (¯`•¸Geca¸•´¯) on September 29th, 2011 at 3:33 am

    Genius! Love love love your photographs :D

  85. RobyFabro on February 4th, 2012 at 5:07 am

    Great display of wonderful shots, I love them all!

  86. Kerala Professional Wedding Photographer on September 26th, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Such kind of photographs are always an inspiration to new commers