August 1, 2014

Night on the Boulder River

Photograph by John Warner, National Geographic Your Shot

While hiking and camping in Montana's Beartooth Mountains, Your Shot member John Warner used a technique called light painting to illuminate the landscape as the Boulder River roared by. "It was pitch-dark and actually cloudy, hence the Morse code star trails," he writes. "During the five-minute exposure I walked upstream along the river's edge carrying two powerful flashlights." Through gaps in the foliage, Warner shined beams of light onto the water and the opposite bank as he walked. "I wish you could hear the deafening sound."

Warner's picture recently appeared in the Your Shot assignment After Midnight.

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42 comments
Richard Rocky Lobo
Richard Rocky Lobo

Deafening sound indeed we can imagine. lighting technique you taken is amazingly out of box...

Janice H.
Janice H.

Astonishing and awesome.        So beautiful!           Must have been a great experience.       Magical quality!



Mark River
Mark River

So moving! Thanks for sharing! Mark River

Cesar Rivadeneira
Cesar Rivadeneira

This is our beautiful planet , there is magic on every inch of it. Este es nuestro hermoso planeta , hay magia en cada centímetro  de el.

Judy S.
Judy S.

Thank you for sharing not only your amazing photograph but also your talent in transforming into a true work of art.

Sandy Mason
Sandy Mason

Light Painting, who knew? An enchanting photo, thank you.

Kent McVay
Kent McVay

Sara, you might want to share this with your Photography 101 class! This might be 201, or even 401!!!

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

What a wonder -full shot! As a non photographer I am just beginning to understand how much goes into taking a picture, and believe me I appreciate just how much work it is a lot of the time. So thank you John Warner, very much, both for the great shot, and the explanation that helped a lot.  j.e.s.........

Patricia M.
Patricia M.

hey where d ya take this im in Montana too...


Hank L.
Hank L.

Your Shot and Montana Rocks !! Thanks :-)

Bev Hennager
Bev Hennager

Thank you for sharing not just a beautiful picture but the way you did it too.

Armin Paul-Proessler
Armin Paul-Proessler

Amazing shot! You must have been quite busy running along the banks to illuminate river and trees.

John Warner
John Warner

@jim crawford Your remark implies digital manipulation Jim. It's been thoroughly scrutinized by Geographic I'm sure. Unattractive comment. 

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