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Poll - What is the longest (deliberate) exposure you've...

Discussion in 'Weekly Poll' started by Chrissie_Lay, Oct 6, 2015.

  1. Chrissie_Lay

    Chrissie_Lay AP Editor's PA

    ... ever made for a single image?

    This week's poll question is - What is the longest (deliberate) exposure you've ever made for a single image?
    Take part and cast your vote

  2. El_Sid

    El_Sid Well-Known Member

    Have done something over a minute or more in the past but the results were so noisy (digital) or variable (film) that I don't ususally bother.

    My long exposures more recently have been in the seconds category with R72 filters for IR.
  3. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    30 minutes with a home-made pinhole camera loaded with printing paper in murky dusk light. Came out horrible. ;)

    Frequently used 2 minute exposures in the near-dark, a lot more frequently use 30 seconds in the hour after sunset.
  4. Roger Hicks

    Roger Hicks Well-Known Member

    Several minutes, certainly: light painting Reculver church, or shooting colour under moonlight to demonstrate that the colour is surprisingly close to daylight. Maybe a quarter of an hour or twenty minutes with pinholes. Most experiments with longer exposures than about half an hour have been just that -- experiments -- and didn't give me usable pictures, e.g trying to shoot Ilford FP3 through an IR filter in the 1960s.

    Edit after voting: Lumping together 1-30 minutes seemed a bit odd to me, as there are plenty of occasions when I've found a few minutes (under 10) useful; a few where 10-20 minutes have been useful; and none that I can recall where I've found 25-30 minutes useful.


    Last edited: Oct 6, 2015
  5. miked

    miked Well-Known Member

    I once photographed a road in Wyoming that went on for miles.
  6. PhotoEcosse

    PhotoEcosse Well-Known Member

    Agreed. I suspect that most of the long exposures any of us make fall within the under 1 minute or 1-30 minutes categories.
  7. Done_rundleCams

    Done_rundleCams AP Forum Ambassador to Canada

    Woooo Hoooooo …. I'm in one of the first place groups :D

  8. Ffolrord

    Ffolrord Well-Known Member

    About 10 hours with film. With digital then a couple of hours. Although I wouldn't do that now, I'd stack shorter exposures.

    Five minutes or so with the 10 stop pre dawn or post sunset is fairly regular.
  9. Ilovemycam

    Ilovemycam In the Stop Bath

    Dunno, I'm not a landscaper. But still, I have shot a few scapes here and there. Maybe at night about 10 sec.
  10. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    15-20 minutes on film. Rarely over a minute (so far) with digital.
  11. Terrywoodenpic

    Terrywoodenpic Well-Known Member

    I doubt I have ever taken an exposure exceeding 10 seconds in the 70 years I have been taking photographs.
    However I might have? It is not the sort of thing that I would bother to remember.

    Printing exposure times is another matter, and some very large prints (3 meters long) would often take several minutes.
  12. Wheelu

    Wheelu Well-Known Member

    Rarely use a tripod other than for video or table top product shots so can't compete in this arena.

    Must be pretty specialised stuff requiring minutes of exposure. Can't think why I'd want to do that.
  13. 0lybacker

    0lybacker In the Stop Bath

    It was so long and so long ago that I cannot remember. I have multi-popped flash for over half an hour. That was the late 1990s or early 00s.

    I think I may have nearly recovered from that experience now. :eek:
  14. RonClark

    RonClark Well-Known Member

    Mine was done using a Minolta XD7 using a colour slide film for over an hour. That was Cyprus looking towards Larnica from our barracks. Sadly I no longer have the slide though. Ah well ...

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