Shooting Long Exposures in the Arctic Circle

If you had the opportunity to visit the somewhere in the Arctic Circle, what sorts of images would you hope to shoot while traveling? If long exposures cross your mind then this one's for you.

Brought to you via First Man Photography, this video chronicles a bit of his experience while shooting imagery in the arctic. Anytime that a photographer finds themselves with water nearby, the possibility of longer exposure imagery is often worth the time to give it a go. Whether it's clouds, waves, waterfalls, or still water long exposures are a great way to capture a painterly or even ethereal feeling from the scene around us.

Depending on the time of day and amount of light it's likely that you'll want to be prepared with either a polarizer (great for wet scenery) and a neutral density filter that's going to allow you to shoot significantly longer exposures that you would otherwise be able to. Generally, the longer the exposure the smoother any movement (from say clouds or water) is going to be in the final image.

When you're shooting landscapes, are long exposures on your list of shots you like to try and capture? I know that while my personal experience with this type of imagery is still limited, the times I've tried it I've been very pleased with the results. Furthermore I've found that I feel like long exposure images usually make good candidates for monochrome images too. It's a style that often has either a very serene or very powerful feeling to it, would you agree?

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