Forget selfies—this creative couple chose to document their U.S. road trip with a series of unusual and breathtakingly gorgeous photographs. Recent graduate Grant Mallory set off on adventure to some of the country’s most famous National Parks in the Western States to capture those iconic views with his girlfriend, Maria Jacob, doing tricks with her MoodHoop LED hula-hoop in the foreground. The resulting long-exposure shots are absolutely stunning.
Mallory, a product photographer and a work-from-home image reviewer, originally shared his brilliant vacation photos on Reddit, where he also explained their motives: “Our goal from the beginning was to show the unique characteristics of each park but to add a modern twist to each landscape.” Some of the national parks the couple traveled to include the Badlands National Park in South Dakota, Redwoods National Park in California, Crater Lake in Oregon, and Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah.
The couple waited a half-hour to an hour-and-an-half after sunset for the best dark conditions before shooting the photos. Equipped with a Sony a7II camera, Mallory was able to capture long-exposure shots of both Jacob’s still silhouette and the great range of movement of the LED hoop using a tripod and remote trigger. Jacob’s smart LED FutureHoop was programmed to glow different colors that matched the backdrop of each National Park. For more pictures, visit Mallory’s Flickr page.
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Images via Grant Mallory