This shot is an homage to a photographer named Denis Smith, who quit his stressful day-job and moved to Australia to begin shooting long exposure “balls of light.” One can achieve the effect by spinning an LED flashlight on a string in concentric circles, and rotating until a sphere is formed. My exposure was a little over two minutes long, and the moon was bright enough to make the shot appear as if it was taken during the daytime. These are fun and challenging shots, as it’s particularly difficult to get the concentric circles evenly spaced. One thing to note; you will be categorized as a freak if you attempt this in any urban environment. People get a little suspicious when they see a disembodied light rotating in the air. – Jacob Denbrook
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Jacob Denbrook has been shooting film and digital photography for over ten years. He has traveled to New Zealand, Japan, and the Canadian Rockies, taking pictures on backpacking trips, first with an Olympus point-and-shoot and then a Nikon DSLR. Somewhat narcissistically, he tried to take the best photos possible in these locations so he could say to friends and acquaintances, “Look where I was.” Eventually, he freelanced for Columbia Gorge Magazine as a writer and photographer. He also dragged his wife into cold alpine areas on trips, when she reportedly only, “wanted a towel, a warm beach, and trashy novel to read.”
Jacob now shoots weddings, portraits, landscapes, and whatever will stay in front of his camera. He lives in Eugene, Oregon, and you can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. His website of images is at accendoimages.com.