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

Check out these unbelievable hits 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, giving 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 droning in 2014, ” Reuben told Bored Panda. “ My childhood dream 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 glisten graphical patterns at night onto boulder spires. The Lux Noctis concept developed from that, utilizing the droning 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 meditate that they offer dedicates him both inspiration and opportunity to focus on his work. Exploring these environments 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 put in, ” he told us. “To me, there is more craftsmanship in creating night photos, and the use of remote aerial lightings is just part of that( quite complex) workflow.” He has employed 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 portraits, ” he told. “Poring over maps, moon cycles, seasons and tourist flowing. I invest the day of the hit planning compositions, locations, hiking tracks and GPS markers and then delayed until suns down before I start shooting. I keep my entire kit portable so I can hike to very remote spots. I never wing when there are other visitors present, it’s important to me that the location is very remote and I am alone to create these pictures.”

“One of the shootings inadvertently caught the final ignite 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 using his drone to light up the majestic mountain scenes, he began capturing the light paths of the droning 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 route of the droning as it daylights the landscape, and one of the features the drone has is a circular orbit mode around a’ point of interest’. It was an intentional move, but the whole process for me is experimental.” This’ halo’ impact 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 project. After 10 years of has become a full day musician in the band Ladytron, doing visual artwork is essentially 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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