Paddlers Stroke Breathtaking Patterns


A canoe slips along a forested bank; all photos by Stephen Orlando

With LED lights strapped to the end of the paddle, a kayaker’s movement across water takes on a whole new look.

Canadian photographer Stephen Orlando uses LED lights with customizable color patterns and long exposure photography to present a unique and beautiful look at human movement.

He attaches the lights to kayak and canoe paddles, a swimmers arms, and a bike polo mallet and then records the movements as his subjects travel through time and space.

These photos show a canoeist’s paddle strokes:

And these show the pattern created by a kayaker:

And finally, these are a kayaker paddling whitewater:

Check out some more of Orlando’s creations on his website and Instagram page.

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