The Long Exposure is a drug, and I cannot stop.
Now that the light of summer is growing ever longer each day, the Aurora I usually chase well into the dark skies of winter is all but gone. In the North the summer light lasts well past midnight. It can be a great perspective to grab images, but how many sunsets that last for 3 hours can I shoot? Ok I shoot them a lot, but there is a great reason now. The discovery of long exposure photography, and I am in love!
You should fist check out what can be captured at night here, and some of the Aurora I chase down right here. The discovery of long exposure photography took place, well, always. When your cameras shutter is open, a long time, for just one image, you have just taken a long exposure. Or an exposure of a photo that took a long time… Ok moving on. Typically this happens at night as most photos can be about 30 seconds or more! I take some that last up to 15 mins at times to get some cool “star trail” action, check it out below.
Ok so thats at night, if I tried the same thing in the daylight I would have a great pure white image… And I am not a good enough salesmen to sell that yet… So something has to be done. Enter “filters”. Filters come in many ranges and sizes, but for long exposure you need something DARK, so the light that comes into the camera can be limited, but you still will get a properly exposed image.
OK so why do I want to take a long exposure image in the daylight? Well, the best way for me to explain is by showing you what is possible with a long exposure image.
So as you can see clouds feel like they are moving, water looks like glass and fast water looks like a mist. This isn’t everyone’s cup of tea I get it, but I really love taking these shots. It is just another way to see all of the amazing scenery around us, and these photos are just scratching the surface! Be sure to check out my latest 50 photos RIGHT HERE!