Long Exposure Photography

Long Exposure Photography

Jack Walker, Photographer

You may be wondering, what is long exposure photography?

Long-exposure photography, or time-exposure photography, involves using a long-duration shutter speed to sharply capture the stationary elements of images while blurring, smearing, or obscuring the moving elements. The paths of moving light sources become clearly visible.”

— -wikispces

As long as I can remember I have always wanted to try long-exposure photography, but never have until just recently. I got the sudden urge to go out and see how fast I could pick up the creative technique. I gathered all my gear I needed and headed out to a bridge that overviewed a highway. When I finally I got setup, the first thing that ran through my mind was “It’s freezing outside,” because it felt like ten degrees with the windchill. That didn’t faze me. I pushed through the cold for a good thirty to forty-five minutes seeing what kind of shots I could capture.

This is what I came to conclude with long-exposure photography. It is not something you can just master immediately. For my first time attempting it, I ended up with around 40 photos, which then narrowed down to a whopping 4 after editing. Just like everything, practice makes perfect. And I can’t wait to try long-exposures again.