Photographers like Stephen Orlando in Ontario always find a way to bring fresh ideas to the popular photographic sub-genre of light painting. His photos capture the hypnotically repetitive motions of kayakers, canoers and swimmers as they paddle through the water, turning their movement into beautiful woven braids of light.
Orlando’s photos use programmable strips of LED lights that can blink or change colors over time, which is how he was able to ensure that each paddle stroke was captured. In an exposure of 20 or 30 seconds, the kayak becomes invisible, but the trail of light left behind as they paddle gets picked up and turned into an elegant lightshow.
This photographer has plenty more long-exposure light paintings of other activities as well, so be sure to check out his website (where he’s got prints for sale)! For more on these photos, read Orlando’s interview with Bored Panda.