Tag Archives | Long-Exposure

…Bugs have Flight Patterns?

I’m always amazed by the regularity that occurs when you look at something with a time frame that is outside of what the human brain can process. (Example: Time lapse or slow motion.) Under the right conditions, the seemingly random and unpredictable can often turns into nice, neat patterns.

One example of this is Flight Patterns, a short clip by Charlie McCarthy that shows the flight patterns of bugs under a streetlight. It was made by stitching together a bunch of long exposure photographs, and shows that each bug has its own unique pattern that it likes to follow.


…LED Light Drawing Pens are easy to make?

Light Graffiti

Light graffiti is a fun photography style where you set your camera up to take a long exposure at night, and then use a handheld light sources to ‘draw’ in the frame.

The easiest way to create light graffiti is with an LED pen, since they can be made in all sorts of different colors, and the small, very focused light will give you detailed lines without illuminating the rest of the image.

To make your very own set of LED Light Drawing Pens, check out Instructables, where they’ve posted a guide that will turn some plastic tubing, an LED, and rudimentary wiring into a LED pen in no time.

[Instructables – LED Light Drawing Pens]

[Photo Via: Eric Castro]

…Light trails look good at night?

Light Trails

The light trail is a beautiful addition to any nighttime shot, so if you’d like to add this style to your skill set, then head on over to Digital Photography School and read up on their guide to shooting light trails.

The basic idea is a long exposure and a narrow aperture, but there’s a lot that you can do to add to the effect.

[Digital Photography School – How To Shoot Light Trails]

[Photo Via: Fishtail@Taipei]

…Arcade games can be beautiful?


Arcade games used to be so simple. An artist named Rosemarie Fiore wanted to document how beautiful that simplicity can be, and took some amazing long exposure photos of various ‘80s arcade games, including Tempest, shown above.

[Rosemarie Fiore]

[Via: Waxy Links]