52 in 2015 Week 23 Long Exposure


Wikipedia describes Long Exposure Photography as;

Long-exposure photography or time-exposure photography involves using a long-duration shutter speed to sharply capture the stationary elements of images while blurring, smearing, or obscuring the moving elements. Long-exposure photography captures one element that conventional photography does not: time.

Yesterday I was in the Snowdonia National Park. My plan was to stop off in Betws-y-Coed to get my long exposure photographs and then later take a walk in the National Park. For reasons explained in another post that didn’t happen so I did the long exposures in the National Park instead.

52 in 2015 Week 23 Long Exposure

Moving water is probably one of the easiest things to capture. Slow the exposure down enough and the water turns milky and rather opaque. But is it real?

A snapshot steals life that it cannot return. A long exposure [creates] a form that never existed. – Dieter Appelt,

My own personal feeling is that it’s OK as a novelty now and again but it really does not look natural. What do you think?

My second photograph was taken at the base of Tryfan, which is a mountain located in the Ogwen Valley, one of my favourite photography spots in the Snowdonia National Park. Tryfan is one of the most recognisable peaks in Britain and forms part of the Glyderau group. At 917.5 m (3,010 ft) above sea level it has a distinctive classic pointed shape with rugged crags.

Long Exposure 52 in 2015 Week 23

I don’t know why but I decided this looked better in Black and White compared to the colour version. It seems to portray a dark and foreboding mountain. In this photograph the exposure was long enough to smear the clouds which were moving reasonably fast yesterday. Do you think Black and White does this mountain and photograph justice?

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2 thoughts on “52 in 2015 Week 23 Long Exposure

  1. theresagreen June 25, 2015 / 09:54

    For myself I prefer to see ‘natural’ water, but always appreciate your technical expertise with a camera! I love the b & w image of the mountain and love the way the radiating light or clouds or whatever it is behind it accentuate its shape.

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  2. Mike Hardisty June 26, 2015 / 08:49

    Hi Theresa, the radiating clouds are caused by the effect of using a long exposure. As the clouds move they get blurred and in an ideal world you want them moving towards you for the best effect. The white part gets accentuated and I’ve found that Black and White often works better than colour for photographs like this.

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