The photo below is an example of using more light to get a movement effect of water. I know of a couple more tricks such as motion in clouds, motion with light (highway).

  • Was wondering if their are others with some concept of taking a long exposure?

  • How does a Long Exposure change the expression of a photo?

    • Are Long Exposures based more on time and movement than anything?

Long Exposure - Representing Motion

  • Can you break this down a little bit? This topic can easily fill bookshelves, and that kind of question rarely works very well here. (See the FAQ: photo.stackexchange.com/faq#dontask) – mattdm Sep 8 '12 at 0:11
  • @mattdm is this a better format for the question? – Nate-Wilkins Sep 8 '12 at 0:31
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A few others spring to mind (sorry not to provide examples, but the web should have plenty):

  • long exposures of the sea to get a glassy effect
  • long exposure of the night sky for star trails
  • long exposure of a monument, etc. with people passing so that they "blur out"
  • intentionally changing zoom during the exposure
  • second curtain flash when shooting moving objects so they are captured with a trailing blur not a leading one
  • panning to capture a moving object sharply whilst blurring the background instead
  • high speed photography to capture bullet impacts, balloons bursting, water droplets, etc.

Light graffiti or whatever you want to call it.

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Not the best picture in the world. I have only played with the concept. I mean really played as in I gave my cousins a bunch of colored LED key chains on the beach and just had fun.

This was done with a nikon D3000, 30s exposure, iso100.

I just googled long exposure and found this. The path of a roomba:
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Here is a bunch of pictures too.

  • +1 Great examples not quite what I was looking for though thanks! – Nate-Wilkins Sep 10 '12 at 11:25

In addition to other answers, long exposure can also be used in night to capture the light trails of vehicles in a busy road. This is a typical night long exposure example.

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