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John Mannick

13 Days Ago

I Love Long Exposure Photography - Talk Me Out Of It !!

i have a tendency to stick a 10 stop filter on a great deal of my landscape images, i love it haha

is there any reason why you would dissuade me from doing this in your personal opinion, maybe it looks crap, or you much prefer the natural click of an image ??

please fire away and maybe post some of your photography with/without filters and long exposures... and tell me why you love the difference..

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Val Arie

13 Days Ago

We can't have image threads without approval - adding a link is ok as far as I know.

That said why would we want to talk you out of long exposures? They can be striking.

I am not that much of a photographer so I can't speak technically but for me every image I see is an individual that I may or may not like. .


T-S Photo Art

13 Days Ago

@ John, I do them as well, but I pick and choose what scenes and the effect I'm after, artistically. I'm pretty picky about the results.
I've done so to add motion blur to clouds (they need to moving towards you, or away from you to look picturesque) and of course for an ethereal
silky flow to waterfalls and streams. I avoid 10 stop ND filters for that since I dont shoot forested scenes in daylight.



Bradford Martin

13 Days Ago

I don't have any such filters but long exposures are popular where I live for rocket launches. Especially at night. If you use a wide angle lens you can trace a nice arc across the night sky. A filter can be of help to avoid overexposure.


Marcio Faustino

13 Days Ago

I love it too and I used to do the same using the square filters kit. Then I decided to use a camera that has the long exposure as its feature and that is much lighter to carry in my backpack: Pinhole camera. And Pinhole photography became my main photography work for at least 3 or 4 years. I shot even portraits with it.

Do you know why I love it? Because while I wait the exposure to be done I can contemplate what I am photographing and it feels good.

It is part of my philosophy to work against the rushy tendency we live in today's society and go back to the approach humanity used to have before the "work salvation" (work doctrine) of our industrial and service society; work and production not as a mean for acumulation and consumption but a mean for contemplation.

We rush so much today in order to accumulated and consume (including experiences) but with the lack of contemplation in our experiences they become empty. So we feel empty, bored and waisting time if not over producing and consuming.

So my goal is to create art that reflects my attempt to go back to experiences that reflects it. Although I am guilty of going against my own philosophy as attempt to obtein the marketing and sales results, specially when I am really broken.


Joshua House

13 Days Ago

I've never been an ND person, but I like yours.


John Mannick

13 Days Ago

Marcio you have just blown my mind haha im not sure it was in a good way either .... lol

although edited ... i also love the wait whilst waiting for the exposure to finish, i love the wait of 30s to 4 minutes hahaha


Marcio Faustino

13 Days Ago


It is just that I am not the best person to talk people out of long exposures... :P


John, you've got some really nice work there.

The only time I've used the very long exposure technique was for some city scenes a long time ago. An exposure of about one minute makes a lot of moving people "disappear" from the scene. That only works, of course, for people who are actually moving and not seated on a bench or leaning against a wall. YMMV

~ Bill


Jeffrey Kolker

13 Days Ago

I find you get a lot of blur if there's a breeze. Maybe I did it wrong. But I do live where the wind always seems to be blowing. I guess it depends on what you're shooting.


David Smith

13 Days Ago


I think I have a 15x floating around somewhere.


Dale Kauzlaric

13 Days Ago

I use a ND filter, but usually only for cloud movement. I do not use it for moving water, because I almost always shoot in overcast conditions with a polarizing filter and get all the blur I want. I usually prefer some definition in my moving water as opposed to the pure white silky look, but that is just me. John, I like your cloud movement shots.


Tatiana Travelways

13 Days Ago

Long exposure can be very nice if done properly, but everything done this way will not automatically look GREAT just because...

It really takes practice and thinking about what you really want to achieve.

To me, a beautiful lake (or sea) water that looks like a skating rink, doesn't make sense. Neither does a waterfall that can otherwise look gorgeous, but instead looks like pouring milk.

Water IS beautiful the way it is, and a little long exposure can enhance it (by case), only if it's properly done. Otherwise it becomes artificial and kitsch art.

Just my opinion.


Andrew Pacheco

12 Days Ago

I see no reason to talk anyone out of long exposure photography. I think it's great!

In my opinion, using long exposure techniques can add some mood to an image that can elicit a more emotional response from viewers.


Jennifer White

12 Days Ago

I love it too. It's my favorite form of photography. I need to invest in a 10 stop filter for some of my new lenses. I only have one that fits my older lenses. No one can talk be out of it because it's my love too. My favorite use of it is with waterfalls, oceans and night exposures. I also like it with clouds in some scenes. Sometimes water looks better without a long exposure but I always take the photo both ways and then I can decide which one I like best when I can see it larger. I don't think I've ever really liked a waterfall image that wasn't a long exposure. But too long of an exposure can also ruin the shot.


Toby McGuire

12 Days Ago

I love long exposure photography, it's great. I use it from time to time. I always have a 10 stop ND filter on me. I generally have a specific purpose if I'm setting up a long exposure.

For instance, for city night shots I go back and forth between doing long exposures and using a fast lens depending on what I'm going for. Even handheld, my D750 + a 1.4 lens can make for beautiful night time city shots. I tend to like nightlife photos so I like freezing the people in the shot which requires a relatively fast shutter speed. But sometimes I like car trails and turning the points of lights into stars so I'll bust out the tripod. I also LOVE astrophotography which obviously requires long exposures (sometimes a half hour or more for star trails).

It's all good.

Jennifer what I did was to buy a 10 stop ND filter that fits my largest lens then it's much cheaper just to buy a bunch of step-up rings so you can fit it on all of your other lenses.


Bradford Martin

12 Days Ago

One thing I don't care for is long exposures of the sea. People please stop that. There is nothing attractive about blurry images. It makes me rub my eyes and clean my glasses. Maybe a slight blur on some of the movement is ok, but when the subject is blurry, that is not good photography.

You can keep the creamy waterfalls too. It looks so fake.

I would like to do some night shots in urban areas where the traffic blurs into lines of red and white and the people disappear. That looks pretty cool.


Dave Bowman

12 Days Ago

I've done a fair bit of LE work over the years on both film and digital. Film was more of a challenge due to reciprocity failure, so digital certainly simplified the process and that's why I've tended to do much more on the digital side. I find it works well for some scenes and not so well for others and the simplest approach is to ask yourself what you think adding LE brings to the scene rather than just doing it for the sake of. For instance, if a scene is quite detailed with a busy sky/water/etc. within the scene causing too much distraction I will generally use LE to focus more attention on the main subject. Castles work well for this, especially in b&w, as the viewers attention can be drawn to the castle by softening any clouds/surrounding water with LE. It also tends to add more drama. My two cents.


JC Findley

12 Days Ago

It all depends on what I am shooting, how much wind there is and whether that wind helps or hurts the image.


Rick Berk

12 Days Ago

I do long exposures quite a bit, using the Benro 100mm square filter system with a 10-stop and a 4-stop ND (plus grads when needed). I don't do it a ton, but when the scene calls for it, I'm all over it.


Jerry Connally

11 Days Ago

There's nothing wrong with long exposures, so just keep on shooting them.


Brian Wallace

11 Days Ago

I personally Looooove variety. I want to see all kinds of photography techniques and methods. I don't like everything exactly the same.

There's a general rule that says, anything done too much gets old after a while. Mix it up!


John Mannick

5 Days Ago

i love a good mixed bag of personal tastes....

thank you everyone for your tips tricks and imputs ...


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