Most Jaw-Dropping Long Exposure Photos Ever

Pictures usually freeze only a moment of our lives, but long exposure photography is completely different. Its aim is to highlight the effect of passing time. Since no one can agree on what “long” actually is (a 30-minute picture of a static object might not be distinguishable from a short exposure), the inclusion of motion (mostly through light) is the cornerstone of adding intrigue to these images.

Bored Panda has compiled a list of some of the most epic examples of long exposure photography, and it shows our world in a whole new light. From a departing tram to the vast Milky Way, these shots stand out from the rest for their creativity and innovation. Scroll down and take as long as you need to enjoy the images!

#1 Departing Tram Long Exposure

#2 Milky Way Long-Exposure Looks Like Fractal Geometry

#3 Long Exposure Photo Of A Plane Taking Off

#4 Traffic Light Long Exposure

#5 Long Exposure Of Fireflies In A Forest, Japan

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

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

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

#9 Long Exposure Of Bugs Under A Streetlamp

#10 Long Exposure Of Fireworks

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

#12 Long Exposure Of Helicopter Landing

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

#14 Long Exposure Of A Tilt-A-Whirl

#15 Long Exposure Of “Merry Go Round”

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

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

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

#19 Here Is A Long Exposure Zoom Keyboard

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

#21 Long Exposure + Subway Tunnel =

#22 Long Exposure Of A Lighthouse

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

#24 Long Exposure Photograph Of A Firework

#25 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)

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

#27 Long Exposure Photo Of Candle Procession At Salisbury Cathedral

#28 Long Exposure Of Road

#29 Escalator Long Exposure

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

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

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

#33 Long Exposure Of Air Traffic Above San Francisco

#34 Long Exposure Shot Of A Carousel At Night

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

#36 Long Exposure Of A Plane Taking Off

#37 My Long Exposure Photograph Of Tonight’s Delta Iv Rocket Launch

#38 Long Exposure Photo Of Fireworks

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

#40 Long Exposure Of Hundreds Of Skiers Holding Flashlights

#41 Roomba Led Long Exposure

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

#43 Long Exposure Of An Illuminated Golf Ball Shot

#44 Long Exposure Of Soyuz Launch To The Iss

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

#46 Long Exposure Of Teacups

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

#48 Marathon Of Color Long Exposure

#49 Long Exposure Of A Peacekeeper Missile Testing

#50 Long Exposure Of Speed Zones

Written by Jonas

Jonas is a writer at Nasty Bear with a BA in Communication. After working for a sculptor, he fell in love with visual storytelling and enjoys covering everything to photography. Throughout his years in Nasty Bear, over 2 million people have read the posts he's written, which is probably more than he could count to.