Long exposure photography

Posted by Mitchell Pearson-Goff on

This is the first post in a series that will discuss long exposure photography - the reasons I love it, the technique behind it and the photographic opportunities it provides. 

From the moment I took my first long exposure photograph, I fell in love with this photographic technique. In its simplest form, long exposures are photographs taken while using a slower shutter speed allowing the image to be created over a period of time. 

The length of time the shutter can remain open for is dependent on the available light, the use of Neutral Density filters, ISO and aperture. I predominantly shoot long exposure seascapes but it is also a great technique to use at night to captures light trails or star trails. 

For me personally, long exposure landscape photography is more than just a genre or style of photography it is a creative process that is good for the soul. The technique of creating long exposures allows me to slow down, stop and take in the scene around me. The natural elements take on different characteristics when all that is introduced to the equation is time. Water becomes a soft mist like substance that is silky smooth with no hardness or sense of direction. 

If the conditions are right the movement of the clouds creates depth and conveys a sense of motion. While taking a long exposure photograph you can record the way that light has moved across a scene over a period of time. There is an inherent peace and serenity that accompanies long exposure photography. When I press the shutter and wait for my image to be created I get to absorb myself in that moment. I can watch the light change, the clouds move and the swell shift.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this read. My next post in this series will deal with the technical aspects of long exposure photography. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.  

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