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This Photographer Lit Landscapes at Night Using LEDs on Drones

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For his new project Lux Noctis, photographer Reuben Wu lit and photographed landscapes at night by mounting powerful LED lights to GPS-enabled drones.

Drones are widely used as flying cameras these days, but Wu wanted to use them as flying lights. Using a prototype AL250 light by a company called Fiilex, mounted to the 3DR Solo drone, Wu artificially illuminated massive formations in the North American landscape for his fine art photos.

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“Each image is a carefully-planned scene consisting of multiple lighting positions, layered to produce an almost theatrically-lit composition,” Wu tells PetaPixel. “Using the GPS-enabled aerial light/drone in specific positions in space, I am able to produce moods of drama and tension through use of chiaroscuro, and the ability to illuminate isolated features of a scene and exclude unwanted elements.”

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Everything was shot with a PhaseOne XF 100MP, a Leica M-P 240, and a Canon 5D Mark III.

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Image credits: Photographs by Reuben Wu and used with permission

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