Samuel Burns is master of creating moody, minimalist landscapes. Using a large format camera, he chooses perfectly baren areas and shoots them using a long-exposure process to give them a more blurry, dream-like feel. Beginning with setting up his old-fashioned camera on a tripod, adjusting the dials, and triggering the shutter, the entire process may take up [...]
Australian photographer Samuel Burns creates limited edition, affordable, museum-quality prints using his old 4×5 film camera. His serene images are the result of hours of long-exposure photography. He makes sure his composition is perfect before allowing the film to expose, creating these beautiful and contemplative images. At his website, you can purchase his prints starting [...]
Sean Lenz and Kristoffer Abildgaard recently lit up some waterfalls in Northern California at night with glow sticks, then captured long-exposure shots of the glow sticks snaking their way through the water. Pretty cool.
Love moves in mysterious ways. Photographer Paul Schneggenburger’s Sleep of the Beloved photography series has him capturing couples as they sleep by setting up long exposure shots for the night with lit candles beside them. Beautiful concept, beautiful execution.
Canadian photographer David Johnson shot these amazing long-exposure photographs of the Casino du Lac-Leamy Sound of Light fireworks festival in Quebec. The flower-like effect was achieved by adjusting the camera’s focus during the length of the exposure, creating a series of psychedelic images.
London-based photographer and graphic designer Amandine Alessandra created an alphabet of long-exposure photographs. The series is entitled Dance With Me and it features 26 choreographic micro-pieces. Each letter is formed by the continuous motion of the subject’s arms, and the long-exposure photography records the motion that the naked eye can’t see.
The Alleys and Ruins series by Chicago-based photographer Xavier Nuez might be my favorite series of photographs. I’m a huge fan of long-exposure photography, and I love how Nuez’s photographs are dark and colorful at the same time. Nuez ventures out to high-risk locations to capture these amazing images, and he’s faced many dangerous encounters in the process. I was lucky enough to be able to purchase a print of my favorite image in the series, the lead image in this post, when Nuez was at Artisphere in Greenville, SC.
Japanese hobby photographer Tsuneaki Hiramatsu used time-lapse photography techniques to take numerous continuous long-exposure shots of fireflies at night in southern Okayama, and merged these shots afterwards in Photoshop. Now, if these pictures were taken over three years between 2008-2011, and the average lifespan of fireflies is a few weeks, we must be looking at several generations of fireflies in these images.
There is something so dramatic about these long exposure shots, which highlight what was once total frenetic action, but is now just a series of haunting lines in the sky.
Gabriela Herman uses long exposures, dramatic lighting, and unusually wide angles to great effect, capturing a lot of motion as well as the spaces around her subjects. Even her relatively static images seem to have a kinetic feel to them, very much emphasizing the fleetingness of the moments she captures.
For some reason it’s rare that you see London in this light. Nightscapes of big cities are usually reserved for New York and Tokyo, for example. Perhaps the comparatively scarce skyscrapers makes the city less photogenic in that respect. So photographer Jason Hawkes’ work is long overdue — he has really brought the city to [...]