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What Happens When You Throw Some Glow Sticks into a Waterfall

What may look like an example of Photoshop trickery was actually created by throwing some high powered glow sticks into the waterfalls of California. Using long exposure that would range from 30 seconds to 7 minutes, San Francisco-based photographers Sean Lenz and Kristoffer Abildgaard transformed the waterfalls into nocturnal underwater rainbows.

“This project came from months of refining a simple idea that finally turned into a concept worthy of using for an entire series,” says Kristoffer. “We were both fascinated by artificial light such as glow sticks, lasers, flares, and being big on landscape photography we tied them together in hopes of creating something that we had never seen before,” added the artist.

Even though neon lights is something completely unnatural and unrelated to the settings of the photoshoots, the final results in their ‘Neon Luminance‘ series are very harmonious.

The ‘From the Lenz’ artist duo also worked on lighting the nature around the waterfalls, and used various head lamps, road flares and even taking advantage of the moonlight: “Although this series was meant to focus mostly on glow sticks in waterfalls, we are exploring the idea of creating artificially lit landscapes in general as well, such as mountains, lakes, tree lines, grass fields and caves,” Mr Abildgaard added.


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  • Victoria Rose via Facebook

    bet the fish loved that…before they died

  • David Bocock via Facebook

    yeah, I am thinking about the pollution too. what would those chemicals do to the fish in the water?

  • Marlene Morris via Facebook

    now do that ..stoned ..they will never come home

  • Petra Staab via Facebook

    Fish wish it wouldn’t rain rubbish.

  • Mark Heyen via Facebook

    just what i thought… looks nice but is a massive pollution

  • Raffay György via Facebook

    This called pollution.

  • Joe Rossi via Facebook

    Its sealed glow-sticks that are cleaned up after the photograph is made…

  • Victoria Crook via Facebook

    I think you are all misunderstanding it. If you actually read the piece, it clearly states glow sticks thrown in, not opened and poured in. With the extended exposure time, what you are seeing is the path of the glow sticks. No pollution, and I’m sure the photographers cleaned up the glow sticks when they were done.

  • Shay West via Facebook

    People, please read before you comment. No pollution..none!

  • Damian Amberg via Facebook

    They did not break the glow sticks… calm down psychos.

  • Dominika Slonimová via Facebook

    …you kill the fish?

  • David Bocock via Facebook

    We’re not being psychos you goof–how could streams of color be accomplished if you didn’t pour in the chemicals. Look at the pictures again. Unless there is some sort of trick in the photography (which is fine, but let us know that), it looks like it was poured in.

  • Duy Lam via Facebook
  • Kim Carter Taveroff via Facebook

    David, it’s not a trick, it’s long exposure. Pretty common technique.

  • Duy Lam via Facebook

    It says they threw the glow sticks into the water… Not chemicals. Silly goofs, the fishes are fine.

  • Heather Graham via Facebook

    Even if they were thrown in how would they be able to retrieve all of the glow sticks? Some may break on rocks or be swept down stream in fast currents. Even some fish might try to bite them. Just because they were thrown and not poured doesn’t mean they are completely harmless. However these photographs are stunning and i am sure these wonderful photographers cleaned them up when they were done to the best of their ability but you cant always be sure that you got them all.

  • Tamar Elmensdorp-Lijzenga via Facebook

    Wow, pretty.

  • Julie Walls via Facebook

    looks cool, but what about the water and fish?

  • soozin12

    bad for the environment, no?

  • MizzizOfficer Keisha via Facebook

    Thats amazingggg

  • Clare Armstrong

    If anyone here actually took the time to look at the website this story came
    from they wouldn’t have to complain about the environmental effects. You can
    read right on the photography website how this was accomplished (without
    harming the environment). People read and research before you speak. Appreciate
    the creativity instead of finding something to gripe about.

  • Jo

    from my understanding of photography, each line of colour represents one glow stick, which creates that illusion due to the camera lens being opened for a long period of time.. the line represents where the glow stick travelled.. i’m sure they were able to retrieve the sticks without any issues..

  • Anonymous

    Toxic :(

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  • Andrea Crnogaj via Facebook

    what happens ? you pollute the water for instance…

  • OIC Moments

    In this instance the comment strings are every bit as fascinating as the the photographic exploration, because it is quite telling to see how many people jump immediately to negative (and as it turns out uninformed) assumptions, versus simply appreciating the creativity and ingenuity. Seems far too often these days people would rather look for fault than appreciate others, which actually says far more about the person making the negative statement, than it does the person they are talking about.

  • Amber Rain

    If they did retrieve the glow sticks, the blurb on this particular page should say so — since that is the page most people are reading. Still, glow sticks don’t glow for a long time, I doubt they managed to find all of them.