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.

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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#11 I Used Some Led Lights To Spin A Forest Of Mushrooms Under The Milky Way

I Used Some Led Lights To Spin A Forest Of Mushrooms Under The Milky Way

mohair69 Report

Peter Doré 1 year ago

No you didn't.

#12 I Took This Long Exposure Shot Of A Pumpkin As My Lense Unknowingly Fogged Up

I Took This Long Exposure Shot Of A Pumpkin As My Lense Unknowingly Fogged Up

kudjo24 Report

Asia 1 year ago

Well, you've captured the spirit of haloween for sure :D

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#13 Long Exposure Of Helicopter Landing

Long Exposure Of Helicopter Landing

Andreas Feininger Report

Vlad Horobet 1 year ago

So the chopper goes down, then backwards, then down again. I'd frame this on my wall.

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#14 A Long Exposure Photo Of A Train Roaring Through The Canadian Rockies

A Long Exposure Photo Of A Train Roaring Through The Canadian Rockies

DonTago Report

#15 Long Exposure Of A Tilt-A-Whirl

Long Exposure Of A Tilt-A-Whirl

Mehulat Report

Châu Trần 1 year ago

Giant flaming yoyo

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#16 Long Exposure Of “Merry Go Round”

Long Exposure Of “Merry Go Round”

Sergei Kalinin Report

Asia 1 year ago

My head is spinning a bit from looking at it :D Awesome!

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#17 I Attached A Blinking Light To The Robot And Did A 10 Minutes Exposure Of It Cleaning The Living Room

I Attached A Blinking Light To The Robot And Did A 10 Minutes Exposure Of It Cleaning The Living Room

benkol Report

Jennifer Schrimpf 1 year ago

Missed a spot.

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#18 Long Exposure Of A Departing Tram In Budapest Covered With 30,000 Leds

Long Exposure Of A Departing Tram In Budapest Covered With 30,000 Leds

Zsolt Andrasi Report

Vlad Horobet 1 year ago

The tram teleported. Or left with the speed of light. Or warped.

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#19 I Put Some Fireflies In A Jar And Did A Long Exposure For 3 Minutes. (Don't Worry I Let Them Go)

I Put Some Fireflies In A Jar And Did A Long Exposure For 3 Minutes. (Don't Worry I Let Them Go)

Heidi Stauff Report

Ash 1 year ago

"Don't worry I let them go" :) Haters and trolls have made us overtly cautious. You never know when a simple, innocuous statement can lead to a full blown war of words!

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#20 Here Is A Long Exposure Zoom Keyboard

Here Is A Long Exposure Zoom Keyboard

Luke_Dukem Report

Vlad Horobet 1 year ago

This looks like the intro from some movie, flying inwards through the credits scene. Amazing.

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#21 Long Exposure Photography Of A Snowboarder With Leds On His Board

Long Exposure Photography Of A Snowboarder With Leds On His Board

I_AM_STILL_A_IDIOT Report

Ida Råtass 1 year ago

Ok, so obviously a stupid question for those who know... but how do you get a clear shot of the moving snowboarder when everything else moving gets blurry?

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#22 Long Exposure + Subway Tunnel =

Long Exposure + Subway Tunnel =

steakmane Report

Thomas Kolev 1 year ago

I'm in the mood for strwaberry ice cream now for some reason.

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#23 Long Exposure Of A Lighthouse

Long Exposure Of A Lighthouse

Grown_Man_Poops Report

Luck Yeah 1 year ago

Shows how mighty the light is, keeping ships safe

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#24 Long Exposure Photograph Of A Firework

Long Exposure Photograph Of A Firework

teshmeki Report

Vlad Horobet 1 year ago

Alien drill going towards the center of the earth!

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#25 Long-exposure Capture Of Moths Swarming A Light At Night

Long-exposure Capture Of Moths Swarming A Light At Night

phototactic Report

Vlad Horobet 1 year ago

Looks like some steampunk art.

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#26 Took This Photo Last Night By Zooming My Lens In And Out During A 10 Second Exposure. Had To Look Up And Make Sure The Building Hadn't Exploded After Reviewing The Picture. (no Photoshop)

Took This Photo Last Night By Zooming My Lens In And Out During A 10 Second Exposure. Had To Look Up And Make Sure The Building Hadn't Exploded After Reviewing The Picture. (no Photoshop)

Rellergic Report

Jennifer Schrimpf 1 year ago

Ghostbusters!

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#27 Long Exposure Photography Of Lava Lamp Looks Like Some Galaxy Captured In A Jar

Long Exposure Photography Of Lava Lamp Looks Like Some Galaxy Captured In A Jar

AvoidableBoat67 Report

TC 1 year ago

There are worlds in this world...

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#28 Long Exposure Photo Of Candle Procession At Salisbury Cathedral

Long Exposure Photo Of Candle Procession At Salisbury Cathedral

jarheadsynapze Report

Vlad Horobet 1 year ago

Looks like a scene from harry potter dining hall.

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#29 Long Exposure Of Road

Long Exposure Of Road

Christoph Schaarschmidt Report

Aaron Ling 1 year ago

I need to know where this is . Looks like a dream to drive on :)

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#30 Escalator Long Exposure

Escalator Long Exposure

rasmussen Report

Asia 1 year ago

Awesome smoothness.

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#31 Long Exposure Of Air Traffic Above San Francisco

Long Exposure Of Air Traffic Above San Francisco

exxonvaldez Report

didi 1 year ago

The top image of the runways makes me think of spiders when they trail kite lines in the wind. How appropriate!

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#32 I Tied Glowsticks To My Hands And Feet And Took A Long Exposure Shot Of Me Rock Climbing

I Tied Glowsticks To My Hands And Feet And Took A Long Exposure Shot Of Me Rock Climbing

shatteredankle Report

CelSlade 1 year ago

I'm just admiring the cast-iron balls (madness?) of someone who rock climbs at night.

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#33 Long Exposure Of A Roomba Vacuum With Color-changing Light On Top

Long Exposure Of A Roomba Vacuum With Color-changing Light On Top

KevlarYarmulke Report

Markus McCloud 1 year ago

Who installs a dance floor in the bedroom? :D

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#34 A Long Exposure Of Our Planet As Seen Through The Windows Of The Iss's Cupola Module By Don Pettit, Nasa Astronaut

A Long Exposure Of Our Planet As Seen Through The Windows Of The Iss's Cupola Module By Don Pettit, Nasa Astronaut

I_AM_STILL_A_IDIOT Report

Luck Yeah 1 year ago

Looks like folded paper, that is weird

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#35 A Truck Passed In Front Of The Camera During A Long Exposure Shot

A Truck Passed In Front Of The Camera During A Long Exposure Shot

bg1987 Report

jasmine chilton 1 year ago

ultimate photo bomb

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#36 Long Exposure Of A Plane Taking Off

Long Exposure Of A Plane Taking Off

Proteon Report

Bradley Auerbach 1 year ago

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#37 Long Exposure Shot Of A Carousel At Night

Long Exposure Shot Of A Carousel At Night

Yewbert Report

KK 1 year ago

It's like a fire tornado.

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#38 My Long Exposure Photograph Of Tonight's Delta Iv Rocket Launch

My Long Exposure Photograph Of Tonight's Delta Iv Rocket Launch

johnkphotos Report

Valdis 1 year ago

lol.. Looks like epic Golf ball shot from previous picture

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#39 Long Exposure Photo Of Fireworks

Long Exposure Photo Of Fireworks

Terence Chang Report

Vlad Horobet 1 year ago

Dementors!

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#40 I Took A Long Exposure Of A Moving Train, And I Am Very Happy With The Result

I Took A Long Exposure Of A Moving Train, And I Am Very Happy With The Result

then0mads0ul Report

artdirector 1 year ago

Looks fake, only the train should looks blurry.

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#41 Long Exposure Shot Of Glow Sticks Dropped Into A Waterfall

Long Exposure Shot Of Glow Sticks Dropped Into A Waterfall

akelly96 Report

Mimis Nachbarin 1 year ago

Why did you threw glow sticks in a river? Not cool.

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#42 Long Exposure Of Hundreds Of Skiers Holding Flashlights

Long Exposure Of Hundreds Of Skiers Holding Flashlights

mike_pants Report

Vlad Horobet 1 year ago

Ski-way of hell!

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#43 Long Exposure Of An Illuminated Golf Ball Shot

Long Exposure Of An Illuminated Golf Ball Shot

DonLeon1423 Report

Luck Yeah 1 year ago

Whizzing

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#44 While Playing Some Christmas Light Jump Rope, I Decided To Take A Long Exposure Photo

While Playing Some Christmas Light Jump Rope, I Decided To Take A Long Exposure Photo

th3clara Report

didi 1 year ago

Is that a thing now?

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#45 Roomba Led Long Exposure

Roomba Led Long Exposure

dittidot Report

didi 1 year ago

Where is all the neat organisation in a square grid of the other roomba on this feed?

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#46 Took A 4 Sec Exposure Of My Front Bike Tire With Some Post It Notes Attached To The Rungs

Took A 4 Sec Exposure Of My Front Bike Tire With Some Post It Notes Attached To The Rungs

apdt75 Report

Antoine Gagnon 1 year ago

what is happening behind the wheel?

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#47 Long Exposure Of Teacups

Long Exposure Of Teacups

Eric Castro Report

Super Cat 1 year ago

i JUST realised there are other people in the scene :p

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#48 Long Exposure Of Soyuz Launch To The Iss

Long Exposure Of Soyuz Launch To The Iss

Aero-Space Report

Vlad Horobet 1 year ago

Looks like some sort of ray is hitting the earth. "Beam me up, Scotty!"

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#49 Marathon Of Colour Long Exposure

Marathon Of Colour Long Exposure

thebrainguy Report

TC 1 year ago

You have to find the equilibrium exposure between the runners and the static people. 1 second perhaps ?

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#50 Long Exposure Of A Peacekeeper Missile Testing

Long Exposure Of A Peacekeeper Missile Testing

David James Paquin Report

Dániel 1 year ago

Peacekeeper missle? Only in Earth... -.-

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#51 Long Exposure Of Speed Zones

Long Exposure Of Speed Zones

my.cools.view Report

Ed Parsley 1 year ago

Pendulum in 30 seconds

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