Time-lapse photography turns climbing trails into rainbow LED light shows – WATCH

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These mesmerizing images are the result of a photographer using LED lights to track his climbing routes on steep rock faces and mountain treks.

27-year-old Luke Rasmussen travels to dizzying ridges across the United States under cover of darkness so he can use the lights to turn his travels into colorful patterns.

It records routes through a series of long exposure images taken at the base of each rock face.

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“I wanted to capture the passage of time as I climbed up a rock face, flowing from one hold to another,” Rasmussen explains. “I wanted a way to visualize the line that exists in a climber’s mind when piecing together the natural features of the wall.

“I wanted to be able to highlight the movement I feel when climbing. And I think I started doing it.

Rasmussen, a native of Las Vegas, started rock climbing at age 11 before he even got his hands on his very first camera.

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“I certainly enjoyed taking pictures and the process of photography, but I knew there was something more I could get out of it. I knew there was a way to use photography as a tool to capture the ” passage of time in a single instant” which fascinated me so much.

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“So I started experimenting with longer exposures. That’s where I really found a passion for photography.

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Rasmussen describes her photography as “showing the movement of climbing”, capturing her individual movements through colorful and intricate paths of light.

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On each climb, it takes 17 separate 30-second RAW photos of itself, as well as 78 separate 30-second exposures of the night sky to capture star trails. The images are then stacked and edited in Photoshop.

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“My photography is an attempt to capture time frozen in a moment rather than a moment frozen in time,” Rasmussen explains. “The photo is a snapshot of the moment. But it is not a snapshot of time. Time is this piling up of instants, the aggregate of each past, present and future instant.

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“Traditional photography doesn’t allow us to capture that. My photography is an attempt in this direction. It’s an attempt, in a way, to capture the passage of time and freeze it in a single moment.

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