Permanent Tourist

The personal website of Mark Howells-Mead

Posts about long exposure

  • When an iPhone photo beats a combination of camera and lens and tripod.

  • Pool of light in the back lanes near Faulensee

    Reminding myself that although mountain hiking season is over now, there are still wonderful opportunities to walk and clear the mind.

  • Lac Léman at sunset

    Finally photographing a long-awaited evening view across Lausanne, thanks to getting the right angle with my drone.

  • Getting the best shot possible is all about chance, timing and consideration of the correct angle.

  • Spiez castle, photographed at dusk using a Mavic Air drone

    A quick tip on how to get better image results from your Mavic drone in low-light conditions.

  • Zurich scenes

    A small set of photographs from Switzerland’s largest city, taken in a classically traditional square landscape format.

  • I’m certainly no stranger to long-exposure photography. But during the few years that we’ve lived in a flat with a balcony and an unobstructed view of the night sky, I’ve come to realise that I’d never photographed the Milky Way properly. The first time that I can even remember seeing the Milky Way at all was…

  • The wider angle

    First shots with two new acquisitions: a super-wide lens and an RR90 shutter release cable.

  • Filming in the dark at 4,000,000 ISO

    Canon’s upcoming ME20F-SH can capture digital video at 4 million ISO. At a price.

  • Creating long exposure photographs with movement and blur leads to great images. But if you want a pin-sharp photo, you’ll need to be patient.

  • The triangular Niesen towers over the Lower Simmen Valley and the towns of Spiez and Faulensee, on the shores of Lake Thun in Switzerland. The glowing clouds behind the mountains in the distance aren’t illuminated by towns, but by lightning storms above (respectively) Lenk and Gruyères.

  • One of my landscape photos is chosen for a 2014 calendar, complied from submissions from the Swiss Twitter community.

  • Oldshoremore

    Beyond Kinlochbervie lies one of the most beautiful sandy beaches in Sutherland: Oldshoremore.

  • Driving off-piste

    Jo and I took a drive up to Grindelwald last night to take some moonlit landscape photos. After an abortive attempt to head up to Bussalp–which saw us having to reverse back down a single track lane which got too narrow and way too steep to pass, after following the misguidance of Google Maps on…

  • A long exposure photograph of Faulensee from the nearby marina, on Lake Thun in the Bernese Oberland.

  • A long exposure photograph of the Giessbach waterfall near Brienz in full torrent.

  • The Big Freeze

    On our way back to Edinburgh from Angus, we stopped off at Kinross to see the impressive expanse of Loch Leven, frozen and covered with snow.

  • Back and forth

  • Fireplays

    Fireplays

    Things are a little busy at the moment, so I’m much more able to consume than create. That said, this video-like time-lapse slide show of long exposures would definitely inspire me to take photos, if it weren’t for the fact that I feel uncomfortable around sparklers. Film: Fireplays from Jon Thomas on Vimeo.