Chasing Light at 1:00 AM

By | 2016-12-18T17:01:10+00:00 June 26th, 2011|4 Comments

Fuji x100, 1/4 sec at f/2.0, ISO 1600

Last night I was driving home from my friend Pamela’s house, it was around 1:00 am, and I saw these construction barriers set up with their blinking lights and the sprinklers watering the grass all around them. It was such a mundane scene, yet for some reason I just had to pull over and photograph it (I’m kind-of a sucker when it comes to back-lit sprays of water). So I parked my car lot, grabbed my camera and tried out a few angles before settling on this one.

The spot I was standing for this photo (which I probably stood in for at least a minute) had a stream of water jetting right at my leg. My entire left leg of my jeans was completely soaked when I was finished, and the ironic thing was that as I walked away I previewed my shot and knew I didn’t quite have it. So I went back, stood in the “line of fire” of the sprinkler for another minute (getting soaked) to get a better angle. I even waited for cars to drive by so I could get some more lights to show up in the background.

Yeah, I’m definitely a photographer … not that I needed a random experience like this one, along with standing in in a stream of water while photographing, to solidify that fact, but it definitely made me chuckle at myself. I half expected a police car to drive by and ask me what the heck I was doing (I doubt they would have believed my “beautiful construction lights and sprinklers” story). It’s no work of art, but it shows the beauty of the lights and water that I saw when I drove past, and I’m glad I stopped.

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Nicole S. Young is a professional photographer and published author whose love of photography and teaching has grown into an online business where she creates training materials and resources for other photographers. Nicole is best known for her books on food photography, but is widely versed in a variety of photographic genres, including landscape, travel, lifestyle, and even underwater photography. You can learn more about Nicole's work on her website,


  1. tolga June 26, 2011 at 11:15 pm - Reply

    “I’m kind-of a sucker when it comes to back-lit sprays of water.”
    that sentence also describes me :-)

    Very nice photo Nicole, and i respect your love of back-lit sprays when i read the story behind it.

    My kind of back-lit spray of water shot taken in a construction yard. When i saw this one, i stopped what i was doing and took this shot while my boss and other workers were staring at me. ;-)

  2. Smita June 26, 2011 at 11:38 pm - Reply

    I am a great admirer of your photographic skills & eagerly looking forward for your book.

    Pl answer my small query if ever you get time – often i have seen photographs with a very vintage
    soft yellowish look , have been trying hard to attain that but of no success – could you pl guide me out if possible.

    – Thanks & regards.

  3. Matt June 27, 2011 at 7:13 pm - Reply

    I love this shot! Great job.

  4. Silvia Jansen June 28, 2011 at 2:23 am - Reply

    Wonderful shot, and i like back lit sprays of water, too :-)

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