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This Guy Uses An LED Hula Hoop To Turn His Travel Photos Into Pure Magic

Lit up wanderlust.

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He photographed iconic National Park landscapes while Maria twirled an LED hula hoop.

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"Maria and I have been experimenting with LED and fire hoop photography since she picked up the hobby in 2010," Grant told BuzzFeed Life.

"The one thing that was always lacking in our shots was a mind-blowing backdrop," he said.

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"So we decided about 3 weeks before hitting the road that she'd invest in a nicer hoop to take with us."

They travelled across the Midwest and through a bunch of Western states.

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Their journey included Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah, Badlands National Park in South Dakota, and the Redwoods National Park in California.

And the results are SPELLBINDING.

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"We would have to wait until an hour or so after sunset to start shooting," Grant said. "We learned to be very patient to get the perfect exposure."


To make these dreamy photos become a reality, Grant used a mirrorless Sony DSLR, a tripod, and a remote shutter trigger.

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Here's some photography-speak about his process: "Most of these images were taken with two separate exposures, one to capture the landscape (6-8 second exposure, 5.6-16 aperture) and one to capture the LED hoop (3-4 second exposure 2.8-5.6 aperture). The separate images were then later stacked in post production to get our desired results."


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