Ya, just to see how far the light can hit you from miles away I havent seen anyone do this yet.
Oh I gotcha, I'll probably have to figure out something like that for another time. The distances that I have are fixed, specific locations where I have to coordinate with a camera person. I don't have a spot in mind that's close enough (throw distance wise) yet far enough to seem impressive AND have this spot accessible to a friend to capture images. My plan is to go back to where I was in the in the day time photo and just do it at night. So 12 miles again but at night time, which I think will be mighty impressive. No light however will be noticeable falling on the receiver's perspective, as it's just too distant and the beam is wider that a city block at that range. If I can find a place about 3-4 miles, I believe the receiver will be able to see light hitting their location, as long as it's free from heavy light pollution. I'll put some thought into that as I like your idea and think it would be fun. The only other time I've seen pictures of something like that being done was in the spotlight section, with a short-arc spotlight, probably 8-10 years ago.