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Genius Photographer Uses Drones To Capture Mountain Halos, And The Result Is Out Of This World

Check out these incredible kills by Liverpool-born and Chigaco-based musician and photographer Reuben Wu. Reuben is known for his pioneering methods of using drone-mounted lights to illuminate landscapes, committing them an otherworldly quality reminiscent of a sci-fi movie. These images are part of an ongoing project called Lux Noctis, which he has been working on since 2016.

“I got my first drone in 2014, ” Reuben told Bored Panda. “ My childhood daydream was to have a winging camera- being able to see sceneries from impossible perspectives, so it was an important step in my photography to start using a remote moving camera. I began to shoot photographs and music videos with it while experimenting with using projectors to glitter graphical patterns at night onto rock pinnacles. The Lux Noctis concept developed from that, utilizing the drone as an aerial light source instead of a camera.”

Reuben is naturally drawn to the remote sceneries of the mountains and desert, as the solitude and rich natural ponder that they offer dedicates him both inspiration and opportunity to focus on his operate. Exploring these environs at night merely add to this, as well as creating an extra challenge. “The photographs are long exposures and have to be well considered and set up, ” he told us. “To me, there is more aircraft in creating night photos, and the use of remote aerial lights is just part of that( quite complex) workflow.” He has utilized many types of camera during the project, but says that the latest is a Fujifilm GFX5 0S, while the drone is a modified DJI Phantom.

The remote locations that he visits means that Reuben must be well-prepared for his shoots. “There is a lot of prior research that goes into these videos, ” he mentioned. “Poring over maps, moon cycles, seasons and sightseer flow. I expend the working day of the hit planning compositions, places, hiking tracks and GPS markers and then wait until suns down before I start shooting. I keep my entire kit portable so I can hike to very remote places. I never fly when there are other guests present, it’s important to me that the place is very remote and I am alone to create these pictures.”

“One of the shoots inadvertently caught the final smolder of Falcon Heavy as it exited the Earth’s atmosphere. This was in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona.” Can you guess which one it is?

While employing his droning to light up the majestic mountain scenes, he began capturing the light tracks of the drone with a long exposure, and discovered that this added another factor to his images. “The first part of the series intentionally removes any sign of the light source to leave just the illuminated landscape, ” Reuben explained to Bored Panda . “This second series makes a feature of the light track of the droning as it lightings the landscape, and one of the features the droning has is a circular orbit mode around a’ level of interest’. It was an intentional move, but the whole process for me is experimental.” This’ halo’ influence is particularly impressive!

Scroll down below to check out Reuben’s award-winning images for yourself, and check out his Instagram to check out the motion elements that he has recently been working into his programme. After 10 years of has become a full time musician in the band Ladytron, doing visual artwork is basically Reuben’s solo project, and we are so glad he’s doing it!

Image credits: Reuben Wu

Image credits: Reuben Wu

Image credits: Reuben Wu

Image credits: Reuben Wu

Image credits: Reuben Wu

Image credits: Reuben Wu

Image credits: Reuben Wu

Image credits: Reuben Wu

Image credits: Reuben Wu

Image credits: Reuben Wu

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