Photography Shenanigans: The Long Exposure
January 13, 2012
Long exposures are tricky. Even with all the fancy new low-light-image-stabilization-shake-reduction-whatsit technology in cameras today, it’s pretty difficult to create a sharp picture hand held with a slow shutter speed. I’ve had my fair share of triumph over the prolonged open shutter, like with this image, which was taken at 1/10 sec with nothing to support it except my bare hands. But shooting without a tripod with that kind of shutter speed will usually result in a blurry mess of what you thought was going to be an awesome photo. A tripod in this situation is really going to help a lot, but lugging it around is not exactly convenient. Even shooting with a tripod there can be mishaps. Wind, vibration, earthquakes, youths…. these are all major downers in getting the perfect shot. I’m not very good at the whole long exposure technique so I set out with my three-legged aluminum companion to see what I could accomplish. Go ahead and look at the resulting photos of my weeks-long excursion traipsing around the freezing, yet lovely, nighttime Salt Lake City in all their unedited glory.
Here are some other fantastic long-exposure shots from DPS.