I love working with long exposures. For me I feel like I am creating something that isn't seen by anyone but me. It's a change in reality. However, lately I have been using less and less long exposures in my work. Not because I don't like them or because I want to change my "style". I simply don't want that to be a crutch. I started looking at my work and I have to ask myself, "is this good because it's good or because of blurry clouds?" I don't want an image to be exciting just because I own an ND filter. I want it to be compelling. I want the effect of the long exposure to really add to the image and not just be done because that's what I do.
This is something that has been on my mind for a while. When I first started photography school I used color the same way. Yes, me with color. Sunsets and sunrises everywhere. I quickly got sick of it and realized that I could find the same work just about anywhere. So I challenged myself to work only in black and white. Obviously I am still taking this challenge. I don't think I need to be quite that extreme with long exposures but I definitely want to use it with purpose.
Here is look at some of the work I have done without long exposures.
There is a serenity to this type of work that I have really began to enjoy. A still peacefulness that gives the photograph visual weight. I have felt lately like I can settle into a calm image like this easier than a photograph with lots of moving parts. I would love to hear your thoughts.