Experimenting With Long Exposure Photography

I have always been an inquisitive person. I have lots of interests and tend to explore them every chance I get. When I was in college, back in the late nineties, I was tasked with putting together an email newsletter for a student organization that I was involved with. After I figured out the best way to send our messages, I spent quite a bit of time learning how to make the emails look better with graphics. Once I began to learn a bit more about graphic design, I never looked back, and that is how I got my start in the industry.

Over the years, however, my interests have taken many turns. I started out learning graphic design, then turned my attention towards blogging and social media, picking up an interest in photography along the way. While some people might tell you that it is important to choose one field and master it, that formula has never worked for me. I’m just not designed that way. I want to learn as much about as many things as possible.

When I decided to learn photography, I knew that I wanted to learn as much as I could. When I purchased my first DSLR, I recall asking the salesman what gear I would need to start out. He responded by asking me what type of photography that I was interested in. I replied with a grocery list. I wanted to learn portrait, product, landscape, sports, and just about every other type of photography that you can think of. After a long sigh, the salesman told me that I was going to need quite a bit.

Since then, my quest to learn as much about photography as possible hasn’t let up. I am having so much fun learning all I can about shooting photos, and I’m incorporating everything else that I have learned about art, design, and post-production into my style.

Last week, I decided to explore some long exposure photography techniques. I love the look of long exposure photos but I wanted to see what else could be done to make my photos look more interesting. After some research, I decided to pick up an ND filter and see what I could do with one. I spent a couple of days walking around New York City, mostly in Central Park, shooting photos of some of my favorite landmarks. When I got home, I was really impressed with the results. Below are a few of my favorites.