“Photography is the only language that can be understood anywhere in the world.” – Bruno Barbey

 Long exposure photography, also known as time exposure photography, is the art of capturing an individual element in motion as depicted through the blurring, smearing or obscuring of the moving element in the image. The image that results shows the passing of time in a unique and creative way, resulting in some of the most impressive images that photographers have captured.

Celebrating this style of photographer, here are 50 of the most epic and innovative examples of long exposure photography. These images will both awe and inspire you!

Intricate Designs Created by Moths Swarming a Light at Night

 

Hundreds of Skiers Holding Flashlights

 

Colorful Long Exposure Image of a Tilt-A-Whirl

 

Roomba + LED

 

Long Exposure Lava Lamp Looks Like a Galaxy in a Jar

 

 

Long Exposure of a Moving Train

 

Japanese Image of Fireflies in a Forest

 

The Result of Long Exposure and Teacups

 

The Effect of Long Exposure + Zoom on a Building

 

Soyuz Launch to the Iss

 

Train Moving Through the Canadian Rocky Mountains

 

The Mesmerizing Effect of Post It Notes on a Bike Tire

 

Long Exposure of a Road

 

Christmas Light Jump Rope

 

Stunning Milky Way Long Exposure

 

A Fascinating Representation of a Marathon

 

Candle Procession at Salisbury Cathedral

 

Peacekeeper Missile Testing

 

Long Exposure Image of a Helicopter Landing

 

Long Exposure of Speed Zones

 

Long Exposure Escalator Looks Like a Slide

 

Long Exposure Shot of a Christmas Tree

 

Long Exposure Aboard a Merry Go Round

 

Departing Train Long Exposure

 

Long Exposure of a Carousel at Night

 

10-Minute Long Exposure of a Robotic Vacuum at Work

 

Rock Climbing with Glowsticks

 

Stunning Image of a Ferris Wheel Looks Like Stained Glass

 

Roomba Equipped with Color Changing LED Created a Brilliant Image

 

Beautiful Image of Fireflies in a Jar

 

Air Traffic Over San Francisco

 

Long Exposure Photo Reveals the Art of a Plane Taking Off

 

Our Planet as Seen Through the Windows of the Iss’s Cupola Module by Don Pettit, NASA Astronaut

 

Train in Budapest Covered with 30,000 LEDs

 

The Result of a Truck Passing in Front of the Camera During a Long Exposure Shot

 

Artistic Rendering of Bugs Under a Streetlamp

 

Long Exposure of a Plane Taking Off at Night

 

Epic Long Exposure of a Keyboard Zoom

 

The Delta IV Rocket Launch

 

Traffic Light Long Exposure

 

Long Exposure of Fireworks

 

Snowboarder with LEDs on his Board

 

The Effect of Dropping Glow Sticks into a Waterfall

 

Long Exposure Shot of Fireworks

 

Long Exposure of an Illuminated Golf Ball

 

The Result of a Long Exposure in a Subway Tunnel

 

This Photo Artistically Depicts the Motions of Canoers and Kayakers with LEDs

Long Exposure of a Lighthouse

 

A Haunting Shot of a Pumpkin as the Lens Began to Fog Up

 

The True Beauty of a Firework in Motion

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