The Haunting Long Exposure Photography of Darren Moore


Long exposure photography like UK photographer Darren Moore‘s is the polar opposite of the super fast, super sensitive in low light kind of photography that gets most of the attention these days. It’s time-consuming and difficult, but the unearthly quality of the images that Moore produces make dealing with those challenges well worth it.

Entirely self-taught, the Surrey-based shooter only transitioned into a career as a full-time fine-art photographer in the last few years.

He specializes in daytime long exposure photography. Using ND filters that block out the majority of the light entering the lens, he’s able to keep the camera’s shutter open for anywhere between 30 seconds and 15+ minutes to capture each individual shot.

The resulting images show an ethereal, haunted world of shipwrecks and dilapidated piers made all the more ghostly by the completely flat water and moody cloud cover that defines much of his work. Here’s a pick of some of our favorites:













It’s easy to see why Moore’s work has earned him international awards and exhibits in the USA, Canada, France and the UK.

To see more of this work or if you’d like to purchase high-quality fine art prints of these or any of his other images, head over to his website or follow Moore on Flickr and Twitter.

(via Colossal)

Image credits: Photographs by Darren Moore and used with permission

  • Mark Danjoe

    amazing photos.

  • asdf

    Great work. I love seeing someone take something common like long exposure and do great new work with it. In the quest to always do something new, it great to see older ideas still being done so well.

  • Broseph of Arimathea

    They are nice shots and all, and I’d probably even page through his book if I saw it in a store, but let’s face it – long exposure is the new HDR.

    Hey look, it’s another bw ocean with marble-like water and a vaguely foreboding cloudy sky/random lighthouse/decaying boat substructure/pier.

  • Peteris

    Have to agree with you, there’s nothing compellign about these images whatsoever. It’s just a little overused.

  • Mike D

    Killjoy… Long Exposures the new HDR?.. They have been around forever, sell well, and attract a wide audienc, from professionals and the avergae joe alike.
    Beautiful imagery stirs alot of things in people, including naive comments set to devalue well executed, powerfully composed technical photography.

  • Marc_W

    long exposure is the new HDR? Uh I think it was the other way around.
    Michael Kenna has been doing this since the ’80’s

  • Broseph of Arimathea

    I didn’t say it was a recent invention. It’s just the ‘fine art’ trend du jour.

    And if you want a Kenna print, buy one. Not some boring knockoff.

  • Broseph of Arimathea

    Powerfully composed? Please.
    Well executed technical photography? Shoot for the stars, friend!

    Literally thousands upon thousands of amateurs have slung three hundred bucks to Lee for a big stopper, dragged their tripod to the beach/ocean pool/pier and taken a five minute exposure. Then just rip off Joel Tjintjelaar’s processing style and label yourself a ‘fine art landscape photographer’.

    So technical. Much power.

    And I’m the naïf here, lol. Hope I don’t devalue a commodity.

  • Nate Parker

    I’m gonna punch you in your dumb face-

  • george

    Enough with the violent comment.

    Everyone is entitled to their opinion and to be honest I in part agree with Broseph

  • Nate Parker

    sorry- I wasn’t the one who started with the whole negativity thing though, and his comments bristled me into a fever it would seem. (offers hand out- in apology)

  • M_A

    These are certainly well made, but I don’t see any novelty value here. This has been done forever and many times.

  • george

    Cool, accepted.

  • John R

    I think any negativity here is coming from the style and not the content. Complaining that long exposure and black and white has been done before is the same as complaining that someone has taken a portrait photograph before. I find these images to be well composed, technically fine and they produce a ‘feeling’. Just take time to view them rather than chasing the ‘next big thing’. Novelty isn’t the point.

  • clipper

    When you’ve seen one ….

  • Matthew Dartford

    While arguably its nothing new – its still in my opinion as good as I’ve seen.

    Being British he does produce the usual seaside shots (small island after all). But hard to fault it and ive always loved the Lowkey/Longexposure look.

  • Kitsu

    “Nothing is completely original, and all creative work builds on what came before.” -Austin Kleon.

  • killjoy

    You’re so right Brosepsh!

    Literally thousands upon thousands of amateurs HAVE dragged their tripod to the water’s edge and taken a five minute exposure. I know it, I was one of them!

    And you know what, my photos came out looking no where near as good as these. And I’m guessing neither did yours. That’s why we are here admiring this work, and not yours or mine.

    Try something new, Congratulate someone on their achievements, enjoy the work, be inspired and motivated by it and try to be better than yourself. You may just find your work improving.

  • greenarcher02

    Wow. much original. very novel. so new. wow.
    oh wait, you don’t have anything to show. kbye.

  • Alan Klughammer

    This ^^
    I would rather see something good than something new.

  • @JacksonCheese

    Typical PetaPixel comment thread right here.

    Anybody know of any photoblogs that isn’t full of a$$holes?

  • @JacksonCheese

    Why do you need “novelty value”. According to this logic, there’s no point anymore it taking a portrait, a landscape, a macro photo, a wildlife shot, etc…I mean what’s the point of photographing anything that’s already been photographed?

  • awais yaqub

    nice photos, interesting subjects beautifully exposed.

  • Tim

    F@**ing amazing shots, great to see someone so passionate and skillful in their work and yet so sad to see it pulled apart by cynical losers. You sad cases talk a lot but great photos speak for themselves. Jealousy is a terrible thing…

  • Snarkasaurus

    “long exposure is the new HDR”

    This has to be one the most blindly idiotic, sweeping generalizations I’ve seen on PP. And that’s an achievement. Congrats mate, give yourself a pat on the back.

  • Molly H

    I absolutely love these! I want to grow up to do this kind of excellent photography!

  • Rob Mclaughlin

    Agree with you 100% Jackson – every single time I read an article on “things you shouldn’t shoot” I want to scream. Photography has been around for 160 years, what isn’t a cliche?

  • onthegreenz

    Broseph cant be inspired. He spills negativity on every post he makes, its a shame he doesn’t see it.

  • onthegreenz

    No one is looking at your sht. We get it.

  • Scott

    I never do this but I’m so curious to see your amazing and unique work. Care to share any?

  • Destin

    God help me the day I’m featured on Peta Pixel, you guys would rip me to shreds. You know the photographer likely reads each of your comments and no doubt takes the criticism to heart. You can’t argue it’s constructive either!

  • hrrrrrrr

    Yes, but I’m certainly not going to link it here lest all the wankers migrate.

  • Keyser Soze

    They look like 3D renders

  • Keyser Soze

    Negativity is a valuable artistic ingredient

  • Anonymoused

    I confess that in the comments section of PetaPixel, I’ve voiced negative opinions before. Some PP posts just aren’t worth the showcase to me.
    But anybody who doesn’t have anything nice to say about these photos needs to take another look. They’re beautiful. The composition is perfect in each one, and the lack of color makes the subject stand out more. These are simple but perfectly-executed photos. I love them.