Usually, we are viewing photos that capture a short moment in time, but these pictures are completely different. The intent of long exposure photography is to create an image that highlights the effect of passing time. There is no fixed definition of what constitutes "long" because a 30-minute picture of a static object might not be distinguishable from a short exposure. Therefore, the inclusion of motion (mostly through light) is the main factor that adds intrigue to these images.

Bored Panda has compiled a list of interesting and innovative examples of long exposure photography. It will not only please your eye but give you some ideas about what to look for when trying to achieve a similar effect as well. From traffic lights on an empty street to fireflies in a jar, the photographers behind these shots certainly found an interesting way to picture their objects. Scroll down to enjoy the list and vote for your favorite entries!

Departing Tram Long Exposure
 
Milky Way Long-Exposure that Looks Like Fractal Geometry

Milky Way Long-Exposure Looks Like Fractal Geometry
Christian Sasse

Long Exposure of a Plane Taking Off
 
The Motions of Canoers and Kayakers Revealed with LEDs in Long-Exposure Photography
 
Long Exposure of Fireflies in a Forest in Japan
 
Zoomed Out while Taking a Picture of My Christmas Tree
 
Long Exposure of Bugs Under a Streetlamp

Long Exposure of Ferris Wheel Looks Like Stained Glass

Long Exposure of Fireworks
 
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