Theme: Long Exposure

Either a picture containing motion blur (star trails, cars on a road etc.) or a combination of several photos to create a time-lapse in one photo.

This theme was suggested by damned truths.

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    Sorry for the late contest, I was traveling all weekend, and forgot about the contest schedule. – scottbb Jun 10 at 12:40
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    Why are some answers community wiki and some are not? – Michael C Jun 10 at 22:52
  • @MichaelC Thanks for catching that. I forgot to mark the question as CW until after a few submissions. I didn't know existing answers prior to CW weren't converted to CW. I've gone through and made them all community wiki. – scottbb Jun 11 at 0:42

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People's Park, Saint Helier, Bailiwick of Jersey

6 August 2016

Nikon D750, Nikkor 50mm f1.2, 3 seconds (tripod), ISO 140.

Walking around the park taking some ordinary long exposure photos and filling the frame with motion blur, I noticed the ticket taker in the booth sitting perfectly still and thought "could be an interesting photo", so I backed up a little to include the ticket booth.

Night time long exposure of carnival ride

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    Nice one. The ticket booth makes it 10 times more interesting, it's the key element for me. – MaxD Jun 11 at 19:44
  • Did you merge two separate photos to get the booth in focus, or is there some camera trick to do that? – BlueRaja - Danny Pflughoeft 2 days ago
  • It's a single photo taken with an old lens. I have several "Non-CPU" lenses and the Exif aperture value recorded is not reliable. (I assume you are asking about shallow DOF at f/1.2, right?) It's entirely possible the aperture was smaller but I typically use this lens wide open at night. – Tom Brossman 2 days ago

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Plodda Falls

Location: Plodda Falls, Scotland

Date: 2018-08-28

Camera: Panasonic DC-GX1, 14-42@14mm, f/4.5, 0.5 sec, iso 150


Gave de Lutour

  • Location: Pyrénées, France.
  • Date: June 14th, 2018.
  • Camera: Nikon D7000; Nikkor 70–200mm lens; tripod.
  • Settings: ƒ/11.0, 70.0 mm, 13 s., ISO 100.

Cherry Grove Sunset. Taken at Cherry Grove Beach, SC, in October, 2012 with a Sony Alpha 65 and a neutral density filter. The original photo was taken at f/32 and ISO-100 with a 15 second exposure to smooth out the waves. I split the ARW file into 3 bracketed exposures and combined them using tone mapping to get this final image. Note that while the camera was on a tripod, there was a bit of wind blowing that may have affected the sharpness of the pier in the image. But the people on the pier were relatively still the whole time.enter image description here


Johny Mnemonic's dream

Johny Mnemonic's dream

*Location: Warsaw, Poland *Date: 24-12-2020 *Camera: Nikon D750, Nikkor 20mm 2.8 AIS lens, f/22, 2 sec, ISO 100


traffic signs

Bumpy Road

Location: Autobahn A8, Mühlhausen, Germany

Date: 2018-12-26

Camera: Nikon D3100, 55-300@300mm, f18, 6s, 80km/h, ISO 450

  • Autobahn bumpy?? – Zeus Jun 11 at 0:24
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    @Zeus: Our Autobahns are smooth like a baby bottom, always. – user24582 Jun 11 at 8:43

Bay Bridge in the Fog

San Francisco, June 27th 2020

Canon 500D, Tamron 70-300

f/25, 5 seconds, ISO100

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Hours on the Highway

Taken in the car, took a lot of shots to get the blur perfect.

California, February 14th 2021

Canon 500D, Tamron 70-300

f/16, 1/10, ISO100

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Milky Way Rising

Location: Mauna Kea Observatory, Hilo, Hawaii.
Date: October 11th 2017.
Camera Sony A7, 18mm, f2.8 ISO 6400, 15sec exposure


Downtown Bangkok accident

Location: Silom road in Bangkok. Settings: f/4, 1/2 second exposure, 64.84mm (image is cropped) at ISO500 with a Sony RX10M3. Photo was taken in March of 2021.

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  • Damn, I wish you'd have gone for higher exposure time. A bit more blur would take it to a whole new level. – MaxD Jun 11 at 19:47
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    @MaxD Yea, I took like a hundred but I think they're all short like this. I was playing around with the composition and I don't think I fully locked it into the tripod (just using it for support). I'll try to post a longer exposure of the same intersection but without the accident. :) – JJJ Jun 11 at 19:54

Ice Cave

ice cave

Location: Eisriesenwelt, Austria

Date: 2019-08-16

Camera: Nikon D3100, 18-55@18mm, f5, 4s, ISO 3200


Carousel ride at night

May the 25th in 2019, time of day 21:48, Strasbourg, France. carousel ride at night

Camera was placed on something available at the location, no tripod was available/used.

Leica Q2

  • ISO 64,
  • 28mm
  • f/10.0
  • 1 sec

Winter Bridge

Bobrava stream, near Brno, Czechia, 2021-02-13

Nikon D810, Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED @ 32 mm, 4", F/22, ISO 64, Polarizing filter

Winter Bridge


Shinjuku Station Traffic

From the bridge of one of the exits of Shinjuku Station.
Tokyo, October 2008

Shijuku Station traffic

Canon EOS Kiss X2, EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II (cropped)

f/16, 2.0 s, ISO 400


Busy Bangkok intersection

The intersection of Rama I and Phayathai road in Bangkok (a.k.a. the Pathumwan intersection) as seen from the walkway in the north east corner. There are some light trails on the opposite side of the road (note that the emergency responders are parked there). Unfortunately, I couldn't get steady longer exposures because of the tripod police guarding the walkways.

Settings: f/2.4, 0.5 second exposure, 8.8mm at ISO125 with a Sony RX10M3. Photo was taken in April of 2021.

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Welwyn Garden City, June 2021

  • Camera: Zenza Bronica ETRSi
  • Film: Agfapan APX100 (expired in 2001 so shot at 80 ISO and pushed a bit)
  • Lense: Zenzanon PE 75mm
  • Settings: f2.8 (most likely) at either 1/2s or 1s shutter speed.

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Bangkok intersection traffic patterns

Location: Silom road in Bangkok, Thailand. Settings: f/4, 3.2 second exposure, 54.57mm (image is cropped) at ISO160 with a Sony RX10M3. Photo was taken in March of 2021.

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November 14 2020, Los Gatos, CA

Canon 500D

f/9, 1/60, ISO3200

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Fireworks in Germany

Location: Düsseldorf, Germany

Date: 2015-12-31

Camera: Panasonic DC-GX1, 14-42@14mm, f/9, 20 sec, iso 160


Boat messing up the reflections

May 23rd 2019, time of day 20:38, Strasbourg, France. boat messing up the reflections

Leica Q2

  • no tripod was used, camera was placed on a bridge railing
  • 28mm
  • f/16.0
  • ISO 200
  • 5 sec

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