How I Got the Shot - Kristopher Foot

December 03, 2020 0 Comments

Magical Waterfalls (Jasper, Alberta)


Welcome to our How I Got The Shot series! Here we go behind the lens of photographers and videographers around the world to find out how they used their Litra gear to capture an amazing shot, sometimes in the most unexpected situations. Below we hear from Kristopher Foot on how he captured these awesome photos that show his versatility as a photographer!  

The Inspiration:

I mostly focus on night-time photography, specializing in light and fire painting. Everything I shoot is in camera, single exposure images. In each of these two images I back lit the waterfall with the Litra Torch 2.0 with diffusers. These lights are small and extremely rugged for this type of photography, and the waterproof capabilities are a necessity for my work, I use these lights not only to light my photographs, but for staging my shots before and after as well.

Magical Waterfalls (Jasper, Alberta)

24 mm F3.5 13" iso 2000
With three Litra Torch 2.0 lights placed in the 3 upper waterfalls, the light painting is achieved by placing a flashlight in a plastic T12 tube and uniformly spinning it behind the model, turning it on and off during a 13 second exposure. An additional challenge was adding a fire ring into the exposure by using a birthday cake sparkler. The sparkler adds a level of complexity as it does not have an on/off switch. To overcome this complication, I hid the sparkler in the rocks behind the model once the circle was complete, With cold temperatures and difficult terrain, this image had to be completed in a single shot to ensure the comfort and safety of both photographer and model. Overall I was very happy with the light placement and camera settings for this first attempt in this location, I have plans to return to these falls in the future after further planning to accomplish something even more magical.

Prince George, B.C.

In Times of Darkness, Be Your Own Light (Prince George, B.C.)

14 mm F2.8 30" iso 800
With this location, there is really only one accessible, safe position to shoot. Night-time photography requires extra consideration and planning in respects to safety of both model and photographer. This waterfall was back-lit with two Litra Torch 2.0 lights placed to hide the actual source of light so as to not distract from the model and light painting focus of the image. This image was also created using a flashlight in a T12 plastic tube with the flashlight on a low lumen setting for a high iso shot. To grab the night sky, the model and I stood in darkness for 28 seconds of the photo, and for a brief 2 seconds I turned the light on and completed the light painting. Because the Litra light was angled back towards the waterfall, it created a dark space for us to stand in and light paint. Careful planning of light location, direction, and strength of lighting in contrast to the light generated by the stars is the key to balancing stars and light painting in a single exposure.

Gear used:

•Nikon D750
•Tamron 24-70mm
•Sigma 14mm
•Manfrotto MK055XPro3
•2x Yongnuo RF-603 2.4Ghz Wireless Trigger Shutter Release.
•3x Litra Torch 2.0 w. Diffuser
• T12 48" plastic tube
•Nitecore MT22C
•Birthday Cake Sparkler

Photography Tip:

Plan your Adventure, Tell a friend your location, always exercise safety first, have fun.

-Kristopher Foot (@halogi)