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On this website, a photographic “exposure” refers to the uninterrupted period from when the sensor or film first begins recording light from the scene to when that recording is first interrupted or ended by any means.

“By any means” includes ending the exposure by closing the shutter, electronically stopping the recording of light, putting the lens cap or a black cloth on the front of the lens, or keeping by any other method the light from the scene from being recorded by the recording surface.

That exposure cannot continue once interrupted. Any subsequent recording of light from the scene constitutes a separate exposure.

Q5 ensures that any exposures combined to make a TCQ photograph are beginning and ended within the same single minute.

Guide to combining exposures

Long exposures and the “motarri” principle