Long exposure photography has recently caught my attention.  Long exposure uses a long-duration shutter speed to sharply capture stationary elements of images while obscuring the moving elements. I’ve seen some really fascinating examples of this technique from Visit Lake Charles followers and fans.  Like this one from Maggie Gregory.

#VisitLakeCharles Photo of the Month | Maggie Gregory _ Seawall Reflections

“I love photographing before sunrise and after sunset. As I was walking along the boardwalk one evening photographing various scenes of interest to me, I saw this and knew I had to take a long exposure shot of the Lake Charles seawall.  The beauty of the lights and its reflections caught my eye so I set up my tripod and started clicking. I am so glad I was able to capture this array of light and colors. I moved to Lake Charles only two years ago and fell in love with the landscape in and around the city and photograph it often.”

Like Maggie, many photographers are up before dawn and stay out under the moon’s light looking for that perfect photo. For those who take long exposures or time-lapse photography, they sit watch over their camera and process. This inspired me to take a long look at my day. How often to do wake up to do something I enjoy? Or treat myself to an evening retreat?  I am challenging myself (and y’all) to adopt a “long exposure philosophy” to slow down, take in your surroundings, and capture the moment.

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