This 8-year exposure (using a beer can) might be the longest ever taken!

12-year exposure using beer can
(Image credit: Regina Valkenborgh / University of Hertfordshire)

A university student may have accidentally captured the longest exposure photograph ever taken, with an 8-year shot of the movement of the sun – and it was captured on a very unorthodox camera. 

Forgetful students and lost cans of beer usually go hand in hand, and in this case they also went in hand with a student working on her master's degree. Regina Valkenborgh, who was studying for her MA in Fine Art at the United Kingdom's University of Hertfordshire, created a pinhole camera using a beer can in 2012 at the institution's Bayfordbury Observatory. 

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.