My name is Charlie Cho. Attached to this image is my entry for the slow shutter contest. Details are below: Nikon D2X; F9 @ 3 minutes; ISO 100; Focal Length: 12.0 mm. I was intrigued with this location and the shadows that were being created from the outside street lamps. I built and wired a bunch of LED lights together and proceeded to light paint. Thank you. -Charlie Cho

Nikon D5000; Nikkor 18-200mm VR; Exposure: 36.5 seconds; Aperture : f/5.0; Focal Length: 38mm; ISO: 400; WB: Daylight. I had a friend spin some burning steel wool in an eggbeater attached to a lanyard at the top of the overpass. What you're seeing are the resulting spark trails. More here: -Dan DeChiaro

Shot this in a pitch black room on a white board with a Nikon D60, F/7.1, 15 second shutter @ ISO 800. -Brad Fitzpatrick

These photos were taken last night (11/21/09) at Joshua Tree National Park in CA. Both photos were taken with a Nikon D50, 18mm (on stock 18-55mm DX lens), 3.5 F-stop, 30 second exposure at 800 iso. During the first photo I just ran around with some flash lights just to see what would come out. The second photo was taken to get the stars to expose along with the surrounding landscape. -Chase Livengood

Hey Giz, Nothing beats good old fashion film: Yashica 635 TRL; Ilford HP 5 Plus ISO 400, 120 Film; Exposure: 1 sec. @ f/22. Shot and developed this roll tonight. I doubt you'll get too many film shots! My wife being the "Holiday Spirit" type, we hung the lights this weekend while enjoying the unseasonably warm conditions here in Lincoln, Nebraska. I'm a little surprised this shot came out so well considering this camera does not have a light meter. I'm getting really good at guessing. -Keith Derickson

Shot using a tripod mounted Canon T1i with a 18-55mm lens at 3200 ISO. 10 second exposure at f/4.5. Shot is of LED lights inside gloves being worn by my brother. -Travis Chase

The photograph is originally entitled Bound in Fire, and is something I am working on for an unrelated project. The image was shot with a Nikon D80, using a Nikon 18-200 VR lens @ 18mm, f/16, ISO 400, for 70 seconds. My technique was to fire the shutter with a wireless release, ignite the sparkler, and paint with the light. -Gabriel Cain

This photo was taken Saturday night from the edge of Boston's Harvard Bridge (also known as the M.I.T bridge and Massachusetts Ave. bridge) looking onto Storrow Drive. Taken with a Canon EOS Digital Rebel, using a 28.0 - 300 mm Tamron lens. Exposure 1, f/4.5, ISO 400, focal length 28mm. -Amanda Gyllenhaal

Used a Canon Rebel XT, 30 second shutter. Used a lighter to make fire -Shaun Shannon

Camera: Canon EOS-400D; Lens: Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8; Shutter Speed: 20 sec.; Aperture: f/10.0; ISO: 200; Focal Length: 32mm -Moein Alinaghian

This photo was taken Saturday night in Cambridge, MA looking out over the Charles River into Boston. In the upper right corner of the shot you can see the Orion constellation (or his belt at least). Shutter was left open for 15 seconds. ISO 80, f/2. -Thom Valanzola

Long exposure shot taken in my apartment with a Canon 30D with the 28-135mm kit lens 30 Second exposure F6.3 ISO 100. I used a little LED keychain light to 'paint'. Minor touch ups in photoshop. -Evan Ryan

This is my first try at solargraphy. Equipment: pinhole camera crafted out of an empty 35mm film canister (black), tinfoil, electric tape, and a sheet of Ilford photographic paper. Exposure: about 12 hours, from 5AM EST to 4:30PM EST, Nov. 22nd, 2009. Technique: it's solargraphy, meaning I use photographic paper and a pinhole camera to record long exposure (can range anywhere from 1 day to 365 days and beyond), and scan the photographic paper directly instead of "developing" it. The idea is to capture the motion of the sun over the course of a long period, although due to the nature of this contest (and unfortunate weather in Boston), I could only do a 1 day exposure. The sun went behind clouds sometime past noon, as you can see :-P -Rawhead

The photo was taken of fire spinners in Dallas, TX. I use a Nikon D90 with the 18-200mm Nikkor lens. For this shot, I handheld the camera (sniper technique), and used the following settings: f/3.5; 7/10 second exposure time; ISO-500; 18mm Focal Length (27mm @ 35mm equivalent); Flash off; White balance was adjusted manually -Kellan C. Warren

This was perfect timing as I'm doing final project for my digital
photography class. So far my idea/theme has evolved into the kinetic
energy of our hands...(I know it's bullshit, but I'm in a college art
class). Settings (I used shutter priority): = ISO 1400, 3s. Gear: Nikon D40X with a 50mm lens(stock lens); Sunpak tripod (borrowed from a friend); A Brookstone key light; A "Laser Eye Center" key light (freebie from a convention) -Charles Espeleta

Time Lapse Star Trails. Pretty much just setup my tripod outside my apartment and found a nice patch of sky. The Orion constellation is pretty easy to pick out so I tried shooting that. Took about 7 minutes to shoot this. Luckily weather was nice out for this. Camera: Nikon D40; Lens: Sigma 10-20mm(wide angle) f/4-5.6; Exposure: 402.3 seconds (~7 minutes); Aperture: f/4.5; Focal Length: 12mm; ISO: 200 -Brandon Maas

Taken driving down I5 from Portland, Oregon to Corvallis, Oregon. Camera: 500D w/ Tokina 11-17mm F2.8; 5 sec shutter; ISO 400 -Scott Burback

No photoshop! I developed this technique (no pun intended) almost two years ago for a photo class in college and I haven't seen it done before or since. To take this photo, I set up some white paper for a background in a dark room. I laid strawberries on a table and separately stood up a banana with some cardboard and tape. With the lights on, I set up a quick-release tripod properly framing the banana (this makes it much easier later). Now the lights are off. So now I set my camera to bulb and used my built-in pop up flash to shoot straight down on the strawberries, filling the frame. Keeping my finger on the shutter button, I put my camera on the tripod and then hit the pilot button on an external flash. The flash hits the white background behind the banana, silhouetting it briefly. Effectively, this washes out all of the original photo of the strawberries except for where the silhouette is, thereby superimposing the first image into the second. And you get a cool glossy product-shot-reflection-look that results from the shadow drop off of the external-flash (although if you look closely, you'll notice the "reflection" is actually just other strawberries from the initial shot) And now you can have a strawberry-banana! Canon 20D 17-55 IS lens @ f/22 ISO 200 13s (multiple focal length) -Jason Yore

Nikon D40 w/ : Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX; f/13.0; 4 secs; ISO 200. For this one, I set my camera up on the ledge of a bridge over looking this highway (The Jackie Robinson Parkway). I wanted to get right above the dividing line so I could get the symmetry of headlights and taillights. I set a small aperture to get a huge depth of field to get the whole line of cars to be in good focus. -Michael Hirsch

This series was taken in dark environments with a Nikon D40x and D70s mounted on a tripod whose shutter was open for 25 seconds on average. I used an LED flashlight to illuminate the figure during different moments as I directed his body through the frame. The light was used for about a second at a time only when I wanted to capture that particular movement within the frame. -Jesse Suchoff

Camera: Canon 20D; Lens: Sigma 10-22mm @ 14mm; ISO 100; 13s; f/9 -Russ Thompson

Nikon D60; f/5.6; 5 sec exposure time; 55mm. I was attempting to do many things at once with this picture. It was dark out and i wanted to get a good burst from the lights, so it took a little bit to find a good combination of settings. The passing truck was a great addition with the long exposure, especially with the light reflection off of the pavement and car. -Matthew Staerk

Disco Ball. Canon XSi 18-55m lens; 6 second exposure; F/13, 34mm, ISO 100 -Andrew Miller

Name: Skiing around a Christmas Tree; Nikon D80, kits len, and ISO 640 -Supattra Horkriengkrai

campfire specs...Canon Rebel XS; ISO 800; 50mm prime lens; f/7.1; 1/6 sec shutter speed -Timothy Rooney

1 hour time lapse showing the Milky Way and star trails above Joshua Tree National Park. Taken at 3 am in the morning in the cold desert night. In the lower right hand corner is the North star. The Milky Way appears as the cloudy haze above the silhouette of the rock. The rock is actually one of the giant boulders you see around Joshua Tree and I am positioned almost beneath it to get it into the frame of this picture with the North Star. Canon T1i/500D; Canon EF-S 10-22mm @ 10mm, f3.5, 200 ISO, 1 hour bulb using an intervalometer; Manfrotto 190xprob Tripod with the 322RC2 Horizontal Grip Action Ball Head -Henry Lee

New to light graffiti, I created this stick-musician using laser pointers. This photo was shot with Nikon D50 (18-200mm VR lens) with the following settings: f/4, ISO200, and an exposure time of 20 seconds. -Kelly Seto

This is a 10-second-exposure of a bunch of GoFlyKite remote-controlled kites ( Camera is mounted on a tripod. Date: 18/12/2009; Location: Singapore; Camera: Nikon D90; Lens: AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR; Aperture: f/5.0; Shutter Speed:; 10 seconds; ISO: 500 -Ken Song

This photo was taken Friday (Nov 20th) with the models Megan Murray and Jade Pearl. Although it shouldn't matter, the hardware particulars are below. The image was slightly cropped to conceal some naughty bits, which I'm sure would be unacceptable given your audience. While the image is largely unaltered from the original, I did push the blacks slightly and sharpened it a touch after reducing it in size. Camera: Canon Digital Rebel XT; ISO: 100; Exposure: 15sec at f/10; Lens: 18.0-55 mm -Mister Devious

Friday evening rush hour, US 441, Downtown Apopka, FL. Taken from West Orange Trail pedestrian bridge. Camera steadied with Gorillapod SLR-Zoom. Image Date: 11/20/2009 6:45:58 PM EST; Nikon D5000: f/32 aperture, 15 sec exposure, ISO 100, 38mm focal length, looking east. I have a ton of great slow shutter shots from a summer trip to Chicago, but those certainly aren't within the rules. I live in Apopka, so this is the best I could manage on short notice! -Jeff Grant

It takes realized with a Nikon D300, lens Sigma 18-250, takes at low speed with a leds lantern. ISO: 100; 18 mm; f: 8; v: 30' -Diego Haristoy

Shot this using my "blinking multi-colour LED mouse" in front of my computer as far as the usb cable can stretch. Camera - Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX150 - 13 seconds - ISO 100 -Kelvin Lim

I am using Canon EOS 350D + Canon 10-22mm, external Sigma flash on a
tripod, wirelles shutter and remote car with headlamp on it :) 10 secs exposure, f/20.0, ISO 200 -Milan Dzadík

Smoke Signal was taken with an Olympus sp350 set to night scene. This was taken with a color changing led rave light about six inches long by 1/2 inch wide that I wrapped with electrical tape to create a candy cane stripe. I placed the light on my record turn table at a slow RPM and swiped the camera vertically to create the spinning stripe -Brad Bogle

Equipment: Camera: Sony A200; Lens: Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5; Mount: Laundry Basket & 3 Textbooks; Light: Zippo Lighter & Vanity Lights. Camera Settings: Shutter: 30 sec.; Aperture: f/9.; ISO: 100; Foc Len: 60mm; Focus: Manual. Technique: I set the camera on top of a series of textbooks and a laundry basket and placed all this on top of the dryer (my friend is currently using my tripod). I turned the hot water off under the sink to allow the hot water to be "ON" on the faucet without water coming out. With one hand on the shutter release button and the other on the light switch, I released the shutter and turned the lights out approximately half a second afterwards. This allowed the vanity lights above the sink to
properly expose the scene. With the remaining 29.5 seconds of exposure time, I aligned the lighter with the end of the faucet (made ever so slightly difficult because it was now pitch black in the room), ignited the lighter, and made several passes up and down and also around the drain hole to simulate running water. Post processing was done in Lightroom 2.0 and Photoshop CS3. -Shawn Richardson

Shot late Tuesday night using Nikon D90 18-105 kit lens @ 18mm. Shutter was open for 25minutes @ f9.5 ISO 640 set to M mode. Camera was mounted to a tripod and wireless remote triggered it. The red glow on the rocks came from our campfire. Little post processing work to remove dead spots and dust on the lens. -Matthew McCawley

Nikon D90; Shutter Speed: 30 Seconds; F-Stop: F5.0; ISO: 200; Focal Length: 18.0mm; Camera on tripod. Long exposure of Mopac railroad by my house with blue LED. It was about to rain, and very cloudy. -Chad Estes

I took a 30 sec. exposure of myself in a dark room. I sat still in the chair for about two seconds with the light on, and then flipped it off with the button in my hand. Then I stood up in the dark and drew the ghost next to me. -Danny Schapker

Canon XTi 17-40L; 13 sec shutter speed; f/4; ISO: 400. Focal Length: 17mm; Taken on 11/13/09 9:39 pm at Grandfather Mtn North Carolina -Chris Amato

The idea behind this is using slow shutter as a way of creating time lapse in one still photo. Here I document the traffic of a Brooklyn street at from the time interval of 10:00pm to 11:00pm, meaning roughly an hour long exposure, where light layers to document the traffic's movement. It was shot on a Minolta X-700 body with a Soligor 28mm Lens at f/16 on Rollei Pan 25 film at an exposure of 1 hour as previously mentioned. Due to the weather and using a camera using watch batteries, you run into the problem of having the batteries getting too cold and having to change them out every couple of exposures, as well as not wanting to stand out in the cold holding the shutter down i rigged some tape and a quarter over the shutter release cable to allow no movement and for me to be warm and inside. -Zachary Chapman

For this shot I used the Canon SD1000 with a slow shutter CHDK script on a shutter speed of 5 seconds. The light was just a flashlight I had laying around. -Adante Hines

These are 30 second exposure with multiple light sources moving. -Nick Acott

sony w220; focal length-5mm; f/7.1; exposure-8 sec; iso 125 -Ketan Gupta

Used a Nikon d80 exposed over a 13 second period. The subject was the traffic passing a corner near where I live. Manually setting the white balance and color settings on the camera to change the color of the light. Closed the aperture to f22 to ensure it will be nearly completely black, and moved the camera randomly during different times; wildly during the first 5 seconds, slowly during the next few, and even inverting the camera at certain points. The point was to get as abstract as possible given standard equipment, and zero work in post processing. -Harrison Ambs

invite a friend for diner, watch 2012 don't forget to feed him seriusly use my olympus E-300 on a tripod setup speed shuter to "bulb", iso to 200, aperture to 8, use diferent color lights to paint the night ...and you get what you see. No software involved ( if you know this technique, you will understand easely ) -Ken

"Back to the Future"; Nikon D700; Sigma 50mm F/1.4G; ISO 6400; 20 second exposure; Subject: 1979 Porsche 911 Turbo -Derek Carpenter

This is a picture I took a while ago. I used two Maglites with two colored bulbs. I was at 5 hardware stores to find the right colors. I used my D40 and the 18-55mm kit, exposure time was 15 secs and aperture 11. ISO 200 -Nils Noetzel

this is my one all the way from New Zealand. Canon EOS 400D; $20 tripod for trademe (NZ version of Ebay); focal length: 21; app: 5.6; Exposure time: 53sec; Ipod 20gb 5th gen (light writing tool) -Cameron Moore

canon eos 450D; f/6.3; exposure BULB; ISO 200; 20mm focal -David Wheeler

I call it "Never Pitch-black" a simple photo shot with a Rebel XSi on a tripod; the subject is just my everyday workstation at home - got the idea everytime i want to watch a movie in total blackness it's impossible because my workstation is in the same room as my home theater, not expecting to win or anything, just bored -Phi Nguyen

Nikon D80; 3 Stacked 210s Exposures; ISO 1600; 10.5 mm; f/2.8 -Blake McCord

I'm Rodel Binaoro and new to photography. I'm basically really wet behind the ears when it comes to photography. I started using a DSLR for the first time this year (late January 2009) and it's been a huge leaning curve, but it's great to hobby and I enjoy shooting. After hunting my subject and with keeping patient I was able to capture this liftoff. I've titled it "Lift" which was taken in my backyard. It's a handheld shot, using the lens kit that was included with the Canon 40D, EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM. There was minimal post editing done in lightroom, the image was a little dark so I increased the exposure. Camera: Canon 40D; Lens: EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM; Exposure: 0.005 sec (1/200); Aperture: f/5.6; Focal Length: 132 mm; ISO Speed: 400 -Rodel Binaoro

Used a tripod and my lumix g1. used different colored led lights to create the light trails. my friend wanted to do a dragon-ball type of energy ball shooting someone and that person explodes, ya we like to have fun
shutter speed 13 seconds, aperature 5.6, with standard lens -Faraz Kamili

This is my submission for the Slow Shutter contest. I went to Mt. Wilson in Los Angeles on 11/16 with the hopes of catching a photograph of a Leonid Meteorite. After several unsuccessful attempts and also freezing, my friends and I started experimenting with time lapse photography using our cell phones. Eventually other crowds started joining in with the fun. The picture included here represents the culmination of the night: almost everyone on the side of the mountain who was camped out on the closed road we were photographing at took part in this picture. Over 50 people doing their own thing with their cell phones. This photo was taken with a vintage Pentax K1000 on 35mm Fujifilm Professional 400 speed film. Aperture was set to f/4. The negative was scanned into a medium resolution positive and shrunk to fit the size restraints required for this contest. This particular exposure was 45 seconds long. -Marrio R. Lopez

Here is a photo I took for the contest. I kept seeing this guy on the streets of Hong Kong and he would beg by praying. I noticed that many did not stop so I decided to represent the opposing worlds using the slow shutter :-) Nikon D300; Nikon 18-200VR Lens; ISO 250; F22@1/3 sec 18mm -Preston Janssen

Nikon D300 with the shutter speed dialed WAAAAY down in my backyard past midnight using a maglitemini with the top taken off so it was just the raw bulb -Daniel Schaefer

I specialize in nocturnal scenes and long exposure photography. This shot was taken with a Nikon D300 and a Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens using an exposure stacking technique over a period of about 7 hours. During the 7 hour exposure, the house was "painted" with a red gelled flash light and illuminated inside by a Coleman lantern. The streaks in the sky are the stars trailing from the rotation of the earth. I detail the technique and advantages of exposure stacking for star trails at my photography blog in this tutorial: -Daniel Newton

Camera: KODAK EASYSHARE Z8612 IS Digital Camera; F-stop: f/2.8; Exposure Time: 6 sec.; Exposure Bias: +2 step. This is my first photography contest. I'm 14 and still an amateur. My grandfather use to teach photography as a college course and has even been published in some magazines. He has been teaching me many things, and i bask in his knowledge. This picture is nothing special, just a result of what I've learned. I don't expect it to be featured or anything, just thought it submit it for the sake of submitting. -Nick Haseloff

Just my trusty Panasonic Lumix FZ-20 (dead now, replaced by the FZ-50) at the Gathering of the Vibes festival in Mariaville, NY, 8/18/06. 'twas taking some shots of the man on stilts who had a lightstick bolo that he was twirling around. -Kevin Oppenheimer

Took this shot with a point n' shoot (Panasonic Lumix ZR1) - my running camera - selected Scene mode and "stary night", what kind of name is that right? 15 second exposure. -John Wood

I used a fujifilm f100fd. Set exposure time to 8 seconds and ISO 100. Swung a light pen and a mag light without the top like a mad man. -Dennis MK

I used a Panasonic TZ-5 to shoot this, and had my nephew in a dark room move his cheap toy car that changes lights and colors at his will. This was the results. It looks like people from another dimension gathering to me.. Oh, i did not use a tripod, i used my steady hand :P -Nicolas Prieto

Camera: Canon Rebel EOS, stock lens. not sure what iso or shutterspeed was, had girl walk through and used handheld movement to make lights stream across. -Forrest Holt

Canon........umm dunno the info sorry.....its my friend's camera I borrowed, both of these were 30second bulb shots -Cory Carter

Canon 30D; Sigma 10-20mm at 10mm; ISO 1600; 30 Sec; F/11 -Chris Newton

Photos were taken with a Pentax K-7 using the kit Pentax 18-55mm lens, set to the widest focal length.
Tripod mounted, ISO 100, shutter speed on the slowest possible setting (30s), shot mostly wide open. Effects were done with a cheap LED induction flashlight. Taken with the help of my roommate Aleksandar Pejič, who also deserves credit. -Jus Premrov

Equipment: Canon Rebel XS with a 18-55 mm lens. I shot at f/14 and shutter speed at 1.3 seconds. ISO was 400. The camera was on a tripod and the sparks were created by aluminum powder that I coated alligator clips with, and the clips were hooked up to a 500 V homemade taser. -Jonah Seifer

Nikon D90. 15". f3.5. 18mm. -Sam Hutto

This was taken at Sewell Park at Texas State University in San Marcos Texas. The equipment used was a Nikon D40 at 18mm, iso at 400, 15 second shutter speed, on a tripod obviously. I took this this shot on 11/17/09. -Ryan McKenery

Alright no light painting here...just an astronomy 101 project. The photo is a scanned version from a Noritsu 1901 Scanner/Photo Processing unit at a Best Buy when they had Image Centers. The original equipment however, was a Canon EOS Rebel Ti 35mm, with 800 speed film...the f/5.6. The lens was a 24-70mm with a F/ 1:3.5-5.6. This shot was taken in the outskirts of Phoenix, AZ. Where the skies are fairly pictch black. Direction facing is East, with a time of about 10:45pm. The camera was set to remain on a single frame and not to advance...the initial shot was taken at a length of 30 seconds. The shutter was then closed for approximately 3 minutes, I would reopen the shutter to the same frame and keep it open for another 5 minutes. This process was repeated for a total of 5 cycles. I like to call this the "BB Strafe." The largest brightest object in view is Venus. There are smaller, very small almost inconsistent lines, if you look carefully those are airplanes that made their debut during my shooting -Paul A. Valenzuela