Monday, October 7, 2013

Long Night at the Harbor [Long Exposure Photography]

There is something mysterious about the night. Everything seems different somehow when the harsh day light vanishes and the comforting veil of darkness swallows the surroundings.

I made shots like these before (Click here and here to view them). The difference between those and these here, is that these shots have been taken in the middle of the night. The only light source was the full moon shining with all its power on this small harbor.

Long exposure shots at night require a tripod, and of course some sort of light. They can transform a dark vision into a glorious light filled and glowing scenery.

click on the images for a bigger view

This second shot features a 30 sec exposure, that captured the trails of a small fishing boat, that was on his way to the other coastline.




Have you tried long exposure photography? Do you like light trails on images? Would love to know what your experiences are/were.

P.S. Blogger has really decided to reduce the quality on upload with these shots. There is a lot of artifacts here, that are not visible on the original full sized images.

48 comments:

  1. I haven't tried anything like this since getting my DSLR a few months ago, but there's a little church near my home that looks so pretty at night that I've been wanting to see what I could do there. It, of course, has some lights on its steeple; so that would be different than doing it by moonlight. The light trails can be interesting in a photo, but I suppose my preference would be to capture the photo without them. These, by the way, are beautiful shots.

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    1. I'm sure that the church would be a great subject for this. Glad you enjoyed these. Thanks for visiting.

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  2. Beautiful captures, Mersad! I'm unable to get out much at night with my camera, but I do so appreciate the information you've shared -- as always! Thank you and thank you for visiting my blog and your comments! Hope you have a wonderful week ahead! Enjoy!

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    1. Thanks so much for visiting back. Have a nice week yourself!

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  3. I always enlarge your photos, and yes i do like light trails and these are amazing. i don't have a tripod or the remote clicker to use with one. I can see how it makes these so much better. i like that glowing ship. and in the first one in the far top left is that roller coasters? or just lights on the hills.

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    1. It's just lights on the hills. And If you don't have a tripod you can always set the camera on firm ground, and I don't have a remote clicker too, I just use the auto shutter function on the camera. You click it and wait 5-6 seconds and no hands are touching the camera when the shot locks!

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  4. HI Mersad These are wonderful night shots. I have to say I do not do a lot of night shots. I find you blogs very informative so thank you.

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  5. Thanks Margaret for visiting.

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  6. Mersad, these are gorgeous...I have not tried long exposure photography but you can be sure I will now.....I appreciate so much all the good information you give us...

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    1. So glad I can help. Thank you for visiting.

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  7. They're very pretty. I've never messed with long exposure. It produces some interesting results.

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  8. Wonderful night shots Mersad..... you are a good photographer.

    Greetings, Joop

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  9. Hi Mersad...

    wundervolle Aufnahmen...mehr geht nicht ! Klasse ...

    Grüße

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  10. hello Mersad,
    I never tried long exposure. I think your photos are superb!!! you did a fantastic job, well done!
    greetings, Hilde

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    1. Thanks Hilde. You should try it, it produces some interesting results.

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  11. Oh, Mersad, I tried only once long exposure but even not close like you did. This is marvelous night photography and very inspiring. These are WOW images!!!

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    1. Thanks Kaya. Try again, would love to see your photos!

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  12. Nicely done, Mersad. I have done some long exposure night photographs, but have only posted a few on my blog. Lines can be a plus or a minus, depending on the image. I don't have a firm rule.

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  13. Oh they are glorious indeed! My camera is such a basic camera my night photo results are pretty funny:) But I enjoy your tips...and of course the beautiful results!

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  14. These are gorgeous nighttime photos. I don't have a tripod so don't attempt nighttime photos.

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    1. You could always try to have the camera stand on something firm like a wall?

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  15. Wonderful night time shots, Mersad. I like the stillness and peacefulness they convey.
    They have a very romantic feel to them.
    I love the night.. with all its charm and mystery!

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  16. I really must try some night shots but I'm going to give it a go. Maybe tonight is the night... who knows!

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  17. Cool and calm night shots, M! the ship looking amazing..

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  18. Hello Mersad!

    Just found your blog through a blogging friend of mine (Valerie).

    STUNNING photographs! WOW!

    I just recently purchased a Canon camera that has both auto and manual settings, so I am experimenting with the manual features and really enjoying it. Photography is such an wonderful learning experience.

    I will be stopping back later to peruse through more of your posts.

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    1. Thanks so much for visiting Ron. Glad to have you as a reader. I hope you will like what you discover here.

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  19. this are so fantastic pictures.
    you make a great job, mersad !!
    best wishes from germany.
    dieter

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  20. Absolutely gorgeous shots!

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  21. I write twice this comment... hope this one will arrive
    Very nice work, I want make one just to try
    Ciao
    Stefano

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    1. Thanks Stefano. Hope you do try it out.

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  22. These are gorgeous! The lights and colors are beautiful! I was having issues with my blog photos losing quality after being uploaded. After lots of research, I finally found out Google has an auto-enhance feature somewhere in their array of products. Mine was turned on and it was degrading my photos. Once I turned it off, I had no more issues. I don't recall exactly where I found it, though.

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    1. I'll have to search for it. Thanks for the heads up.

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  23. Hallo,

    ein wunderbares sensibles Lichtspiel. Das Blau in allen Nuancen.

    Liebe Grüße von Senna

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  24. Danke Senna. Es freut mich das es Dir gefällt!

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  25. Haven't tried any nighttime photography but the stars have so brilliant lately that it would be fun to try.

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    1. You can see what long exposure does to stars in the first image. They don't stay dots, but rather move (like any light source) away too. Hence, you get startrails!

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