Long Exposure Photography.

Some of my best pictures so far have been Long Exposures. It just seems to me that I am actually not to bad at it.

Even though I absolutely love Long Exposure Photography, I am usually way to impatient to set up my tripod and get my settings dialled in. Luckily, you can also do so without a tripod.

Shot without ever touching a tripod.

I took the Shot above while I was in Cologne for Photokina last September. Since I had forgotten my tripod in the Hostel, I had to look for other means to get a good stand for my Camera. I ended up using an iron railing that shook vigorously whenever a train moved past. But in the end, I ended up with a Photograph I actually like quite a bit.

Taken in Rotterdam with the use of a propper Tripod.

While I absolutely despise the use of tripods, sometimes you just have to use a proper set of legs to get a good footing for your Camera. And while I went through quite a number of those three legged things, I ended up with a small Manfrotto Tripod that folds up neatly. And that is actually why I still use that tripod. It is barely an inconvenience to carry around.

Taken last week in Czechia.

While I was in Czechia last week, I was taken more pictures of race cars than of anything else. The purpose of my journey was to attend Formula Student Czechs after all. On one of the nights in camp, the sky just looked to awesome not to slowly expose it to the right values, and I guess the results speak for them selves.

A Long Exposure taken during Daylight.

Usually, Long Exposures make more sense in the dark. That is because they are usually used to avoid using higher ISOs by getting more light onto the sensor. With the use of ND filters though, you can take some tasty Long Exposures at any time of the day, as those filters cut out quite a bit of light.

A Long Exposure gone wrong.

Of course, Long Exposures can go as wrong as any other Photographs, like this one above. The bean bag I used to stabilize my Camera had shifted just after I hit the Shutter Button. But I think it did not turned out to bat. What do you think about that?

5 thoughts on “Long Exposure Photography.”

  1. Tripods can also cause problems, such as a false sense of security. Just the other day I set up the tripod for a ‘steady shot’, but I had to have the ‘beam’ cranked up to get the right view. Only the wind was blowing too much and the camera still wiggled – no photo.
    I too dislike hauling around such extra equipment, but there are times when it’s the only thing that will do.

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    1. You are right. Tripods can give off a false sense of security. And sometimes, they are just plainly standing in the way. Like that time when a cyclist (in a no cycle area) drove straight into my set up, broke two of the tripods legs and then ditched. But yeah, sometimes they are the only way to go.

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