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!

#1 Departing Tram Long Exposure

Departing Tram Long Exposure

Viktor Varga Report

Claire 1 year ago

"Warp speed Mr Sulu".

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#2 Milky Way Long-Exposure Looks Like Fractal Geometry

Milky Way Long-Exposure Looks Like Fractal Geometry

Christian Sasse Report

Michel M. Prins 1 year ago

This looks like the most complex mandala drawing ever. I love it!

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#3 Long Exposure Photo Of A Plane Taking Off

Long Exposure Photo Of A Plane Taking Off

Hilltopchill Report

Michel M. Prins 1 year ago

Looks like a neon highway for hovercrafts!

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#4 Traffic Light Long Exposure

Traffic Light Long Exposure

Lucas Zimmermann Report

Yaman Yamaner 1 year ago

I wish, Lucas Zimmermann, the photographer, was credited. But of course, compiling images from internet is very easy to prepare a post but, crediting the image owners is a huge burden. Isn't it?:(

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#5 Long Exposure Of Fireflies In A Forest, Japan

Long Exposure Of Fireflies In A Forest, Japan

spicedpumpkins Report

SuicidalSylveon 1 year ago

yOU WOULD NOT BELIEVE YOUR EYES IF TEN MILLION FIREFLIES

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#6 The Motions Of Canoers And Kayakers Revealed With Leds In Long Exposure Photography

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

Stephen Orlando Report

Daria B 1 year ago

Reminds of old Windows screensavers....

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#7 Long Exposure Of Ferris Wheel Looks Like It Has Stained Glass

Long Exposure Of Ferris Wheel Looks Like It Has Stained Glass

Ayako Huzikawa Report

Celestial Lynx 1 year ago

This image is spectacular! It needs more upvotes!

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#8 Zoomed Out While Taking A Picture Of My Christmas Tree

Zoomed Out While Taking A Picture Of My Christmas Tree

bryce901 Report

Mimis Nachbarin 1 year ago

That's the spirit of Christmas coming out of your tree to fill your hearts... ;-)

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#9 Long Exposure Of Fireworks

Long Exposure Of Fireworks

Proteon Report

Isabel Tamayo 1 year ago

Sorry. Looks like an egg cell being attacked by sperm cells.

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#10 Long Exposure Of Bugs Under A Streetlamp

Long Exposure Of Bugs Under A Streetlamp

Tnargkiller Report

Châu Trần 1 year ago

Flying noodles :D

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