The Light Writer

Photographer Jesse Martineau took this shot in Canada on a night when both the northern lights and the Milky Way were visible.

The first time I had a really clear view of the Milky Way was in South Africa. It was a thick and powerful twinkling blanket of light and the stars felt so close, like you could reach out and touch them. I've never seen the northern lights, but I think about them all the time.

I love the green glow of aurora borealis swirling around the stars, the mysterious electric blue current and the incurved wooden house...it's you and the wilderness, alone together, and something magical is happening.

Jesse explained how he managed to get the light squiggle in this shot:

"So this photo looks really complicated, but it actually isn't! It's called "Light Writing". We take a photo, but leave the shutter open. In this case it was open for 30 seconds. During that time, any form of light will be picked up by the camera, but the person holding the light won't because they are too dark!" 

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