Elia Locardi is Back

Amazing Photograph Lights a Kayaker Going Over a Waterfall at Night

Canon Master Krystle Wright had a pretty neat idea: shooting a kayaker cresting a 60-foot waterfall at night. With some ingenuity, she got her shot. 

The problem, of course, is lighting such an image. There's no way to put light stands in a rushing river, and a boom arm on slippery and jagged rocks adjacent to the waterfall isn't a great idea. Wright turned to a custom-built drone, upon which she placed two 600EX-RT Speedlites and flew over the waterfall. Using an ST-E3-RT trigger, she was able to shoot from dry land and trigger the flashes. She used the 1D X Mark II, which she credits for its low-light capabilities and for being able to quickly and accurately grab focus in a difficult environment, and paired it with the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens. Check out the resultant shot below:

It's one of the more unique images I've seen, and I absolutely love the heightened drama created by the artificial light, making the kayaker look as if they're descending into a frothing abyss. Be sure to check out Wright's website and follow her on Facebook and Instagram!

Image used with permission of Krystle Wright.

[via DP Review]

Alex Cooke's picture

Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

Log in or register to post comments

It's awesome to see all the new uses for drones in the world. From industrial use to photography and holding flashes! I was lucky enough to be second camera for this BTS video with Michael Ori of Ori Media and the experience was surreal. Krystle Wright is such a talented photographer.

I'd like to see the EXIF data. I'm sure it would be telling :P