3. A Universe in Every Frame


Canon 6D • ISO 100 • 30 sec. • f/16 • Sigma 14mm lens

Trials and Tribulations of a Long Exposure

When you take a snapshot, the part of the world in front of the camera is frozen at a fraction of a second. It’s a moment captured as a sliver of time, just like the blink of an eye. But when you keep the shutter open for a longer period—say a few seconds—you capture all the activity happening in the frame from the time it begins and ends as a single exposure. Yet, what goes on in the frame and how you depict that world depends on many factors—some within your control, some not so much. Even when you have a balanced ...

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