Time Stands Still and Silent

Posted by Shayla Simmons — 30 Jan 2013

A deep breath and a step back from the shore, the mind is clear and the heart beats silent; focus and a quiet zen will be reached.  Life is fast, heart pounding and stressful, just as water is to the shore.  But, through long exposure photography everything can be slowed and stopped, creating an instant in time when everything is at peace. The photographs below are great examples of time standing still.

Water landscapes are very popular when shooting long exposure shots, when capturing water that is flowing it will take on a creeping mist-like form.  City-scapes are also very popular, where long exposure captures the heart of the city, pumping all the veins with light and life.  

To create a great long exposure shot, it may be a bit more complicated than just setting your shutter speed to a longer exposure time, you may want to invest in some density filters as well.

While you're looking for inspiration and amazing shots to 'wow' you, though... take a look at these:

Cloudy by Patrick Pedersen

ShineDown by chris swabb

Bandon by Robert Newman

Africa by Dariusz Klimczak

Untitled by Patrick Pedersen

Volcanoes Echo I by Alistair Keddie

Reflections from Coronado by Christopher Boswell

Puffs of light and color on a cold winter day .. by Edmondo Senatore

Seasnails Gorge by Kt Gravatt

Time has stopped long enough.  If you have any long exposure shots that you would like to share, please upload them to the site and post a link to your image.

We've purposely only brought a few from around JPG to the site.  There are many, many amazing examples through the site, especially of the flowing water variety.  Take some time to browse or search through, build a collection and post us a link in the comment area below so we can check out your finds! 

A great site to check out if you're looking for more tips is:


Also, if you have any tips you would like to share or links to tutorial sites please share those links below as well!

Can't wait to see what you bring!

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