Bathed In Light (All In Camera Lightpainting), Ukanc

This is the view of the Savica river, shot from a bridge three hundred yards or so from where it feeds into Bohinj Lake. It's outrageously, muscle-throbbingly cold even in the middle of summer. Whilst shooting these, I ended up in conversation - for a couple of hours - with an interesting local chap, who briefed me on the state of the economy, politics, environment, etc. in the former Yugoslavia. It was a hugely engaging discussion, but meant I shot fewer runs of this than I meant.

 

Still, he said the water is so cold as it flows from an underground cave system. Six degrees centigrade was the temperature he believed it to be. Not having a thermometer with me, I can't corroborate the exact number. All I can offer is the fact that wading in it felt like you were being burnt alive - the line blurring between hot and cold, until the nerves registered only "unacceptably extreme".

 

The light painting is done with a high power LED, with a white baby sock as diffuser, in a zip lock plastic bag. The diffuser was removed to get the starbursts. The trees on the right were lit with a Canon 600 EX-RT flash; 6 full power blasts from a couple of metres right of camera, at head height.

 

We've just booked for another week in Slovenia next April, and Bohinj will definitely be on the agenda again. This stream will obviously be horrifyingly cold. I'm just hoping the evening will be warm enough that I can cope with the standing around between shots.

  • Judith Taylor 2y

    Beautiful scene, and I love the fairy's reflection in the water :) I can remember that numbing cold from Swiss mountain streams - water straight off the glaciers. Have a good week, Matt.
  • Terry Cheng Photography 2y

    Beautiful light and lovely surrounding. Gorgeous green tones!
  • Nick Friend 2y

    Wow that is quite amazing! Looks like a fabulous place to visit although sounds very cold! I really like the lighting in the trees as well, leading the eye nicely around the frame.
  • Anup 2y

    terrific lights...nice work Matthew
  • Hans van Reenen 2y

    Nicely done.
  • Tom Eversley 2y

    Excellent work again Matthew
  • ADAM 1801 2y

    Excellent light painting series. LOVE the icon too. ^^
  • Andrew Watson 2y

    Superb light painting! Great location too!
  • Dennis Jarvis 2y

    Excellent shot and work, really cool. Have a great day and keep smiling.
  • Theophilos Papadopoulos 2y

    Excellent light painting!
  • j. javier 2y

    Frame is great by itself, but your work, andthat all other ligths just add the magic touch.
    Aren´t you thinking in to buy some fisherman boots ? You must!! ;-))
    Sorry if I´m more than bussy this days. Have a great week, friend!
  • Cameron B 2y

    Awesome light indeed. Fascinating image.
  • Anoop Negi 2y

    Gorgeous take
  • Dale Johnson 2y

    Great shot very well done
  • Silvana Bottoni 2y

    Affascinante e fantastica immagine, risultato di un grande lavoro a quanto sento, non posso che farti tanti complimenti per la tua bravura!!!!!
  • alanj2007 2y

    What amazing light. Great shot.
  • SedatPhotography 2y

    great work
  • Sudarshan V 2y

    Wonderful light & play work., Amazing results i see here., Excellent!!!
  • Olivier Jeannin 1y

    Fabulous shot!
  • Leon Yaakov 4mo

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Taken on August 21, 2013
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