Light en­ter­tain­ment?

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As an am­a­teur photographer, walker and coun­try­side ser­vices vol­un­teer, I read with con­cern your Big Project fea­ture ‘Shoot a Light Stream’ ( N-Photo #70).

Re­leas­ing quan­ti­ties of ac­ti­vated light sticks above a water­fall in the dark and col­lect­ing them all up after tak­ing pho­tographs from a tri­pod? To col­lect

all these sticks from fast-flow­ing wa­ter, deep pools and slip­pery rocks – the en­vi­ron­ment of water­fall ar­eas – would be most im­prob­a­ble and, in the dark, down­right dan­ger­ous!

Not only will the sticks add more de­bris in the form of plas­tic and bro­ken glass, but the re­lease of toxic chem­i­cals will en­dan­ger the aquatic habi­tat. The clos­ing para­graph ‘Gather up your sticks’ does not jus­tify putting them in the river in view of the ob­vi­ous dif­fi­culty and dan­ger of col­lect­ing them. Roger Roberts, P on ty pool, Mon­mouthshire You’re ab­so­lutely right, Roger; on any land­scape shoot, the aim is to take only photos and leave only foot­prints. Ja­son had a helper who scooped the light sticks up with a large fish­er­man’s net as they flowed past, but due to rea­sons of space this was omit­ted from the fi­nal ar­ti­cle.

A net was used to catch the light sticks as they passed the cam­era

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