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45+ surreal Long Exposure Photography Inspirations

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45+ surreal Long Exposure Photography Inspirations

Long exposure photography is one of the coolest ways of taking pictures. It requires a longer shutter speed, anywhere from 1/2 sec up to several minutes or even a hour.

The ability to take long exposures requires a user to use a tripod for optimum results (of course, some people prefer the hand shake look). The use of a tripod is essential because the inability for the human hand to stay still is truly remarkable. No matter how good you get, it will be very hard to hand hold a 1 second shutter release without very noticeable blur. As well as a tripod (or monopod in some cases could work), a photographer should make use of the timed shutter release. This will allow the user to set the shot up, and set a timer to release the shutter. Most cameras have the option of one or more timed shutter releases, for example my Canon 40D has a 2 second and 10 second wait. I usually use the 2 second release as this gives you just enough time to get your hands off the camera to not bump the shot. This is even more important on longer shutter times.

Having a longer shutter speed of a few seconds allows the camera to take in more light to the sensor (or film for the film buffs). This means that the camera can read more β€œdata” from the scene and gather more detail in a low light condition, creating some truly remarkable results as you will see below.

As well as low light conditions, a slow shutter speed allows for creative uses of motion in photographs. Some very cool portraits can be taken using a slower shutter speed, for example someone riding by on a bike creates a blur of the background and the bike, but could create a detailed portrait of the rider’s face if you follow the action. The same goes for a moving car, a fast shutter will catch a car in the exact instance, it could look like it’s not even moving (even at 200 mph with a fast lense). But using a slower shutter and following the path of the car could create a remarkable sense of speed that is tough to mimic and master.

Enjoy the great examples below and get out their and experiment with your camera taking long exposures.

45+ surreal Long Exposure Photography Inspirations

45+ surreal Long Exposure Photography Inspirations

45+ surreal Long Exposure Photography Inspirations

45+ surreal Long Exposure Photography Inspirations

45+ surreal Long Exposure Photography Inspirations

45+ surreal Long Exposure Photography Inspirations

45+ surreal Long Exposure Photography Inspirations

45+ surreal Long Exposure Photography Inspirations

45+ surreal Long Exposure Photography Inspirations

45+ surreal Long Exposure Photography Inspirations

45+ surreal Long Exposure Photography Inspirations

45+ surreal Long Exposure Photography Inspirations

45+ surreal Long Exposure Photography Inspirations

45+ surreal Long Exposure Photography Inspirations

45+ surreal Long Exposure Photography Inspirations

45+ surreal Long Exposure Photography Inspirations

45+ surreal Long Exposure Photography Inspirations

45+ surreal Long Exposure Photography Inspirations

45+ surreal Long Exposure Photography Inspirations

45+ surreal Long Exposure Photography Inspirations

45+ surreal Long Exposure Photography Inspirations

45+ surreal Long Exposure Photography Inspirations

45+ surreal Long Exposure Photography Inspirations

45+ surreal Long Exposure Photography Inspirations

45+ surreal Long Exposure Photography Inspirations

45+ surreal Long Exposure Photography Inspirations

45+ surreal Long Exposure Photography Inspirations

45+ surreal Long Exposure Photography Inspirations

45+ surreal Long Exposure Photography Inspirations

45+ surreal Long Exposure Photography Inspirations

45+ surreal Long Exposure Photography Inspirations

45+ surreal Long Exposure Photography Inspirations

45+ surreal Long Exposure Photography Inspirations

45+ surreal Long Exposure Photography Inspirations

45+ surreal Long Exposure Photography Inspirations

45+ surreal Long Exposure Photography Inspirations

45+ surreal Long Exposure Photography Inspirations

45+ surreal Long Exposure Photography Inspirations

45+ surreal Long Exposure Photography Inspirations

45+ surreal Long Exposure Photography Inspirations

45+ surreal Long Exposure Photography Inspirations

45+ surreal Long Exposure Photography Inspirations

45+ surreal Long Exposure Photography Inspirations

45+ surreal Long Exposure Photography Inspirations

45+ surreal Long Exposure Photography Inspirations

45+ surreal Long Exposure Photography Inspirations

Reader suggested Long exposure Photographs

I would like to add some of the best long exposure photographs suggested by my readers here. So that this post will remain alive for a long time. Will update this post regularly !

45+ surreal Long Exposure Photography Inspirations

45+ surreal Long Exposure Photography Inspirations

About the author / 

Mohamed Rias

I'm a programmer, photographer, and proud parent. With a passion for coding and a love of capturing life's moments through my camera lens, I'm always on the lookout for new challenges and opportunities to grow. As a dedicated parent, I understand the importance of balancing work and family, and I strive to be the best version of myself in all aspects of my life.

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213 Comments

  1. Pixzii January 6, 2010 at 8:03 am - 

    Fantastic photography. I love them all, thumbs up n twitted =)

  2. wparena January 6, 2010 at 9:21 am - 

    These are really amazing collection. One of my fried refer me to this page and I like this collection

  3. tibs1 January 7, 2010 at 4:32 pm - 

    As one of the photographers who’s work was posted, just a quick thank you for linking back to the source image(s) unlike many other sites.

  4. JacquiJSB January 8, 2010 at 7:15 am - 

    Hi
    I would also like to say thankyou for including my work and linking back to the source photographs.
    Great collection of photos in the article.

  5. designsdelight January 8, 2010 at 10:41 am - 

    interesting photos you have there, is this a new blog, i have not been here before

    • Mohamed Rias January 9, 2010 at 7:03 am - 

      Yes , its a new blog indeed. I will try to provide you some cool tips which other top sites missed πŸ˜€

  6. Yegor Korzh January 10, 2010 at 6:40 pm - 

    Nice collection! Lighthouse is just amazing!

    • Mohamed Rias January 11, 2010 at 12:50 am - 

      Thanks Yegor πŸ™‚

      • Stephen Steinbrecher January 15, 2010 at 12:29 pm - 

        Hi, Enjoyed all the photos. I would like to save some for my desktop. How is this done. I’ve viewing on
        StumbleUpon

  7. Jim Denham January 11, 2010 at 6:51 am - 

    Awesome stuff. Very inspiring!

  8. Lesley Pattinson January 12, 2010 at 12:52 am - 

    Wow those are amazing, I just love the lighthouse one!

  9. mannanoida January 12, 2010 at 6:13 am - 

    Beautiful and amazing shots!! I luv them..

  10. anon January 12, 2010 at 11:52 am - 

    Most of these are HDR not just long exposure

  11. Hendrik January 12, 2010 at 4:18 pm - 

    thanks for featuring my work!

  12. Mario Lat January 13, 2010 at 4:08 am - 

    Amazing. Great works of art. Thanks, so beautiful. πŸ™‚

  13. abigael January 13, 2010 at 4:12 am - 

    I love those pictures. I just want to ask if all of those pics are real. The device that used here is also great, I want to have one of the best camera someday and take photographs like photographs here. I want to learn about that technique. ^^

  14. Edwin January 13, 2010 at 6:36 am - 

    Amazing shots!. Brilliant!

  15. rogerbatista January 13, 2010 at 8:52 am - 

    muito legal , very cool Fantastic πŸ™‚

  16. Madeline M Allen / SmudgeArt January 13, 2010 at 9:56 am - 

    WOW! BRAVO!!! Stunning work. Love them all!

  17. kamlesh January 13, 2010 at 12:22 pm - 

    This is really fantastic. Thanks for sharing it.

  18. joe ercoli January 13, 2010 at 1:59 pm - 

    Great work from all! Thanks for adding displaying my work (CA State Capitol @ Xmas) in your collection!

    -joe

  19. AHR January 13, 2010 at 4:03 pm - 

    These are very cool pictures, would be nice if one could buy their print from their photographer directly using a service like fotomoto.

  20. Mohamed Rias January 13, 2010 at 5:05 pm - 

    Thanks for all your comments πŸ™‚ I am really very happy to see your response on my new Blog.. I will try to provide you all interesting posts like these..

    regards,
    Mohamed Rias

  21. El Endemoniau January 13, 2010 at 6:12 pm - 

    Thanks for adding my work in this excellent collection! (and link to the source :D)

    • Mohamed Rias January 13, 2010 at 6:20 pm - 

      Its indeed my pleasure to add your work in my collection.. Your “News from Mars” image is really stunning dude πŸ™‚

  22. Brandon January 13, 2010 at 10:49 pm - 

    hi, im new to doing long exposures and i really like doing them so far, so if i were to try and get a long exposure of the starts moving, what would be a good exposure be? on a nikon D40

    • Gordon January 14, 2010 at 7:31 am - 

      Hopefully this should work on a D40.

      First get yourself a tripod or a suitable stable surface and a remote trigger (to remove camera wobble). Secondly set your camera to shutter priority mode (S on the dial on top) and put it as low as it can go (biggest number) and also set your ISO to the lowest number (best is 50 or 100).

      Have a couple of test shots. If they are too bright you’ll need to pick up an ND filter (buy good ones, not not Β£5 rubbish of ebay). Now take a series of pictures and use something like photoshop to merge the images so that ten 30 second exposures become one 5 minute exposure.

      If your taking an image of the stars try to have the ground in shot too.

      Test it out and most importantly have fun and experiment by adding your own twist to the images.

      Gordon C Burns
      β€œIf you buy cheap, you buy twice”

      • Brandon January 14, 2010 at 10:54 pm - 

        thanks for the advice, hopefully it will work. Im gonna go try it out tommorow night.

    • Gary January 14, 2010 at 11:09 am - 

      I have had great success shooting long exposures with a D40x.

      Get a tripod and an IR remote, as the camera won’t shoot past 30 seconds (bulb) without it.

      I use mine on M (manual) and control both shutter speed and aperture myself.

  23. Dancer30815 January 14, 2010 at 12:18 pm - 

    Awesome and awe inspiring.what beauty.Thank you for sharing your talents with us.

  24. Jen January 14, 2010 at 8:06 am - 

    Absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing, it made my Thursday.

  25. Jennifer Cote January 14, 2010 at 8:39 am - 

    What a great collection. Such an inspiration! Good job, all you photographers- what artistes πŸ™‚

  26. ana martorell January 14, 2010 at 11:06 am - 

    gorgeous!

  27. Tammy January 14, 2010 at 12:19 pm - 

    those are some of the best pics I have ever seen, Thank you for sharing them and Great work for those that took them.

  28. Mandi January 14, 2010 at 3:31 pm - 

    Great collection – as someone else previously stated, a lot of these are not long-exposure.

    Still, nice collection.

  29. Garrett January 14, 2010 at 4:21 pm - 

    Awesome. Many photos in this collection are ones I could see myself owning prints of.

  30. Kevin Roe January 14, 2010 at 8:25 pm - 

    Those are awesome. I’m amezed as a newbie photographer. Hope I can do it with Canon 1000D.

  31. Wai Keat January 14, 2010 at 9:13 pm - 

    Wow… it’s amazing work of art.
    I really drawn into what i see here

    But my question is how do you take these picture when the exposure is already enough in the camera???

    Wouldn’t it be over expose???

  32. electro January 14, 2010 at 10:48 pm - 

    Wow! nice, very beautiful!!!

  33. dlysen January 15, 2010 at 1:46 am - 

    Nice and great… there is so much you can do to make it better… nice talent and skills.

  34. Jaison January 15, 2010 at 2:48 am - 

    HI!

    I have been trying these things and it is indeed a pleasure to see such a beautiful collection.

    Here is one of the snap from my humble canon 1000 D, some one had asked whether it was possible with 1000D, yes it is…

    http://lh6.ggpht.com/_leXSB19u0A8/SqfVcsg4tsI/AAAAAAAABkk/py0WH7zToZw/s640/alkhuwairroundabout1.jpg

    http://lh3.ggpht.com/_leXSB19u0A8/SpVqmFklNRI/AAAAAAAABjA/u8WvP1p9cak/s640/IMG_5086.jpg

    http://lh3.ggpht.com/_leXSB19u0A8/SY-41_uwtnI/AAAAAAAAAXg/PveR76au55A/IMG_1294.JPG

    Trying harder to learn more…

    Jaison

    • Mohamed Rias January 15, 2010 at 3:52 am - 

      really awesome jaison , I love them πŸ™‚

  35. David Day January 15, 2010 at 3:33 am - 

    Really nice set of pictures. I enjoyed that! Thankyou.

  36. Angie Lay January 15, 2010 at 3:44 am - 

    Very nice collection! Absolutely beautiful… Good luck with your new blog!

    • Mohamed Rias January 15, 2010 at 4:02 am - 

      Thanks Angie. I will be providing more interesting collections like this πŸ™‚

  37. shyam jsohi January 15, 2010 at 5:47 am - 

    these are great! amazing, stunning, thaks for that

  38. Jean Chen January 15, 2010 at 6:00 am - 

    Fantastic works.

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  40. adroid85 January 15, 2010 at 10:39 am - 

    The second image down in a h u r r y is great. Loving the hit of color with the no U turn.

  41. sethu menon January 15, 2010 at 11:51 am - 

    wonderful.. apperture is intact. nice frames. Iris open in exact hues..

  42. John January 16, 2010 at 2:19 pm - 

    Amazing pictures

  43. sivakumar January 17, 2010 at 5:42 am - 

    Great collection of long exposure photography. Keep it up

  44. babu January 17, 2010 at 5:43 am - 

    Real collection of Long exposure photography

  45. saravanan January 17, 2010 at 5:49 am - 

    Fine collections

  46. Myra Dais January 17, 2010 at 6:46 am - 

    Gorgious and amazing view’s this photo’s were great.

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