25+ Incredible Long Exposure Photos That Show Our World Like You’ve Never Seen Before

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Usually, we are viewing photos that capture a short moment in time, but these pictures are completely different. The intent of long exposure photography is to create an image that highlights the effect of passing time. There is no fixed definition of what constitutes “long” because a 30-minute picture of a static object might not be distinguishable from a short exposure. Therefore, the inclusion of motion (mostly through light) is the main factor that adds intrigue to these images.


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Bored Panda has compiled a list of interesting and innovative examples of long exposure photography. It will not only please your eye but give you some ideas about what to look for when trying to achieve a similar effect as well. From traffic lights on an empty street to fireflies in a jar, the photographers behind these shots certainly found an interesting way to picture their objects. Scroll down to enjoy the list and vote for your favorite entries!

Traffic Light Long Exposure

Image credits: dittidot

Departing train long exposure

Image credits: iam4real

Long exposure of helicopter landing

Image credits: twilling8

Long exposure I did in a tunnel

Image credits: Andrewlego72

I put some fireflies in a jar and did a long exposure for 3 minutes. (dont worry I let them go).

Image credits: Greghogan

Long exposure of bugs under a streetlamp

Image credits: Tnargkiller

Long exposure of a Tilt-A-Whirl

Image credits: Proteon

Long exposure photo of a plane taking off

Image credits: Hilltopchill

Long exposure of hundreds of skiers holding flashlights

Image credits: mike_pants

My long exposure photograph of tonight’s Delta IV rocket launch

Image credits: johnkphotos

Long exposure of a lighthouse

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Long Exposure Of u201cMerry Go Roundu201d

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Escalator Long Exposure

Image credits: Sumit316

Milky Way long-exposure looks like fractal geometry

Image credits: Sosolidclaws

Peephole was refracting a rainbow on the wall. I took a long, shaky exposure of it.

Image credits: joabaldwin

Long exposure shot of a space shuttle launch

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Long exposure of fireworks

Image credits: Proteon

I took this long exposure shot of a pumpkin as my lense unknowingly fogged up

Image credits: kudjo24

Long exposure of a friend in a stream

Image credits: UABSamurai

The Motions Of Canoers And Kayakers Revealed With LEDs In Long Exposure Photography.

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Roomba LED Long Exposure

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Long Exposure Yoga pose using LEDs

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A Long Exposure Photo of a Train Roaring through the Canadian Rockies

Image credits: DonTago

Long exposure of a departing Tram in Budapest covered with 30,000 LEDs

Image credits: Proteon

Long exposure photography of a snowboarder with LEDs on his board

Image credits: I_AM_STILL_A_IDIOT

Long-exposure capture of moths swarming a light at night

Image credits: phototactic

I’m a photographer. My girlfriend and I are nerds. Obviously the best course of action would be to take a long exposure shot of a lightsaber duel

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Long exposure shot of glow sticks dropped into a waterfall

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