Why I Love Long Exposure Photography

I love taking long exposure photographs.

They allow me to see through my lens what my eyes cannot.

It's as if I'm looking into space.

The Milky Way over 'Lake Lure' in North Carolina

The Milky Way over 'Lake Lure' in North Carolina

Stars are light. A camera uses light to create images. The longer the shutter is open, the more light hits the camera's sensor. We adjust our shutter speeds on a regular basis - you notice the effects of this more casually. An over exposed photo or a blurry photo of someone indoors.

In addition to more light getting in, the shutter being open longer also captures more movement (all movement) - everything that happens while the shutter is open is captured by the camera's sensor. When used incorrectly, your shaky hand or your shaky subject will result in a blurred image. However, when your camera is on a tripod, the shutter can stay open as long as necessary. And when your camera isn't moving, it can create some amazing photos.

Traffic in Charlotte, NC

Traffic in Charlotte, NC

4th of July fireworks

4th of July fireworks