Long Exposure Sunrises

CURRENTLY: Cleaning the house, marinating/prepping a steak, dancing to my iPod (yes, my iPod – it holds all the goodies) and trying to write this blog post. It seems this week is all about multi-tasking and even though my head is spinning, I think I enjoy it a little.

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I wanted to share a little about a new series I’m working on. I decided it was time start taking advantage of living at the beach and combine this beautiful backdrop with my love of long exposure photography. So, I’ve been waking up before dawn and racing my butt to the beach to get some long exposures of the sunrise.

I’m still playing around between still shots and some hand-held panning, but here are a couple examples from my first sunrise shoot. It was getting bright quick, so the exposures aren’t very long, but I just got a new ND filter to try out on my next shoot!

I’d love any feedback – do you prefer the bright colors or muted? Still shots or hand-held? I have a lot to learn, but you gotta start somewhere, right?


Long exposure, still shot of Oceanic Pier at Wrightsville Beach, NC.


Long exposure, hand-held pano of Wrightsville Beach, NC.


Long exposure, still shot of Wrightsville Beach Sunrise.


Hand-held pano of Wrightsville Beach waves.


4 thoughts on “Long Exposure Sunrises”

  1. Chelsea, I love them all, and that’s not just me being to lazy to make a distinction!! The pier image is my favorite, though. Stunning. So glad you’re taking advantage of being on the coast, and getting up early to capture these beautiful images! Thanks for sharing, Cindi


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