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