Climbing Frozen Waterfalls at Night by the Light of a Drone

The work of photographer Thomas Senf is the focus of a short video hosted by The Guardian, documenting the stunning lengths he's gone through to shoot climbers scaling frozen waterfalls at night in the mountains of Norway. The landscape is a like a chandelier lit from within—a reef of glowing ice.

Climbing Frozen Waterfalls at Night by the Light of a Drone

These include colored lights embedded in the stalactites, half a kilometer of electrical cabling coiled up and hidden out of sight behind the scenes, and a tiny drone buzzing around, creeping up for a close encounter with the climber in the second GIF, snapping photographs. The lighting set-up itself was designed by David Hedinger, perhaps best known for his work illuminating stage sets in the opera world.

Translucent frozen landscapes under the eye of remote-controlled machinery—surely this is one of the most awesome scenarios for a photo shoot yet devised. [The Guardian]