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Falling light -- Umptanum Falls, Washington State    DSC_8490-Edit | by Scott Butner
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Falling light -- Umptanum Falls, Washington State DSC_8490-Edit

this idea has been bugging me for the past couple of years but never seemed to find all the right elements all in one place. Then the other day a friend posted a photo of Umptanum Falls near Ellensburg, WA and I thought "that's the place!"

 

The lights falling down the waterfall come from 16 small LED "votive candles" purchased at the local hardware store. These are small black plastic shells with a clear dome, which float and are reasonably waterproof. I had a friend wait at the top of the falls with a bag full of 'em, while I took a test exposure of the falls -- then did a time exposure while the lights were let loose to flow down the falls.

 

Some of the adjacent photos in the set show some sense of scale of the falls -- top to bottom it's about 35 feet tall.

 

about half the lights failed by the time they reached bottom. But we were able to recover them.

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Taken on July 8, 2011