My First Long Exposure Adventure at Cropston Reservoir

My First Long Exposure Adventure at Cropston Reservoir

My First Long Exposure Adventure at Cropston Reservoir

There’s something magical about the art of photography that allows us to capture moments in time that would otherwise be fleeting. I recently had the opportunity to delve into long exposure photography, and my experience at Cropston Reservoir was nothing short of enchanting. Early on a foggy Friday morning, I set out to explore the reservoir and create a beautiful, serene image that would evoke the sense of peace and stillness I felt in that moment.

My First Long Exposure Adventure at Cropston Reservoir

The Location: Cropston Reservoir

Cropston Reservoir, located in the heart of Leicestershire, is a hidden gem for nature enthusiasts and photographers alike. Nestled amidst lush greenery and rolling hills, the reservoir is a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The serene ambiance of this location makes it the perfect place for a photography adventure.

The Morning Mist

My journey began after sunrise, and as I arrived at Cropston Reservoir, I was greeted by a thick blanket of morning mist. The fog added an ethereal quality to the surroundings, obscuring distant details while revealing the timeless architecture that seemed to float on the water’s surface. The mist created an almost otherworldly atmosphere, which was an ideal setting for my first long exposure attempt.

Long Exposure Photography

Long exposure photography is a technique that involves using a slow shutter speed to capture a scene over an extended period. This technique has the remarkable ability to create dreamy, ethereal effects, smoothing out water surfaces, capturing movement, and allowing for unique light effects. I had always been fascinated by the stunning results achieved by long exposure photographs, and Cropston Reservoir provided the perfect canvas for my experimentation.

The Process

Armed with my camera, a sturdy tripod, and a remote shutter release, I set up along the edge of the reservoir. I composed my shot, framing the reservoir’s tranquil waters and the architectural elements that gently revealed themselves through the mist.

With an exposure time of 51 seconds, I allowed my camera to capture the scene. This extended exposure time was necessary to create the surreal, almost painterly effect I was aiming for. As the seconds passed, I could see the mist and fog slowly dissipating, revealing the hidden beauty of the landscape.

The Result

The result of my long exposure shot at Cropston Reservoir exceeded my expectations. The mist-covered water and the architectural elements floating in the frame combined to create a sense of tranquility and timelessness. The calm waters appeared almost like glass, reflecting the subtle light that began to pierce through the dissipating fog. The photograph seemed to capture the very essence of that early Friday morning: quiet, peaceful, and beautiful.

Printing the Image

To truly appreciate the magic of this long exposure photograph, I decided to print it on fine art photo paper. The texture and quality of this paper enhanced the ethereal quality of the image, making it feel like a work of art. The soft, subtle details and the interplay of light and shadow were beautifully rendered, making the picture a stunning addition to my collection.


My first foray into long exposure photography at Cropston Reservoir was a captivating and rewarding experience. It allowed me to freeze a fleeting moment in time, preserving the tranquil beauty of that foggy Friday morning. The process of capturing the image and seeing it come to life on fine art paper was a reminder of the immense power of photography to transport us to a different time and place. I look forward to further exploring the world of long exposure photography and the endless opportunities it offers to capture the serene and magical moments that surround us.

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