Primarily working in Black & White I specialise in a technique called ‘Daytime Long Exposure’ using Neutral Density (ND) filters attached to the lens. ND filters cut out the amount of light coming into the lens allowing the shutter to be left open for much longer than normal, capturing movement with an ethereal aesthetic. My images range from 30 second exposures to 15+ minutes
I am a self taught photographer living and working in Surrey. I have had a passion for photography for many years now and in the last few years have taken steps towards it becoming a full time profession.
I have been fortunate enough to have exhibited my work in Australia, USA, Canada, France and here in the UK – Picking up a number of international awards along the way.
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My adventure with photography started 8 years ago. Since the beginning, I was genuinely fascinated with long exposure and landscape photography. I really wanted to develop in this area of photography; however, I did my first steps in photography in the era of analog photography.
Ryszard Lomnicki lives in Galway, Ireland, and specializes in long exposure and landscape photography.
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Thanks to the spread of high-quality lenses and photographic filters, the long exposure technique has become more and more popular among professional and amateur photographers over the course of the last few years. Even though such a technique could also be used in a photographic studio or within an urban environment, the perfect subject for long exposures is without doubt landscape photography.
Unfortunately, we often obtain results that are far from our expectations, and therefore easily end up classifying long exposure photography as a diabolical technique that is difficult to master. However, by following this step-by-step guide to long exposure photography, you will discover how easy it is to get an excellent result with your first attempt (well, almost!).
1 – Choose the right equipment
2 – Study the weather
3 – Visit the shooting location well in advance
4 – Use a tripod
5 – Compose your shot and lock focus
6 – Expose correctly
7 – Install the ND filter
8 – Select Bulb mode (B)
9 – Take your long exposure shot
10 – Check the histogram again
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Discover how easy it is to get the results you want 10 steps for the perfect long exposure photograph
by Francesco Gola