Photographer captures stunning landscapes lit by drones above the mountains

Mar 6, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Photographer captures stunning landscapes lit by drones above the mountains

Mar 6, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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What does it look like to combine traditional landscape photography with ideas of planetary exploration; 19th-century romantic painting and science fiction? Photographer Reuben Wu has explored these combinations and brought them together in a series of landscape photos that will take your breath away.

In his project Lux Noctis, Reuben combines lights placed on a drone with long exposure photography of mountains. He has shared the resulting photos with us, as well as some details about the project, so take a look.

Reuben says that “we are overwhelmed every day by beautiful images of the familiar.” In his project, he imagines these scenes “transformed into undiscovered landscapes which renew our perceptions of our world.”

Each image is a carefully-planned scene consisting of multiple lighting positions to produce a theatrically-lit composition. Using the GPS-enabled aerial light/drones 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.

As for the gear, Reuben uses Fiilex AL250 light paired with the 3DR Solo drone and Phase One XF camera system. In some of the photos, he uses the lights on a drone to lighten the mountains. In the others, the lights show in the form of a light path, like a halo above the mountaintop. In one of the images, Reuben even caught the exhaust plume of the Space X of Falcon Heavy as it exited the Earth’s atmosphere.

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Reuben says that his photos “show not only the beauty of the landscape but also the versatility of new technology in creating art.” He doesn’t use drones as flying cameras, but rather shows that they are great as flying light sources, too. He adds that they allow artists to shine the light on places from angles which have never been possible. And in his photos, the use of drone as the light source gives splendid results.

Here are some more photos from Reuben’s series Lux Noctis. If you’d like to see more of his work, make sure to visit his Instagram and website.

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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8 responses to “Photographer captures stunning landscapes lit by drones above the mountains”

  1. Kriztoper Avatar
    Kriztoper

    AWESOME!

  2. Francisco Hernandez Avatar
    Francisco Hernandez

    does someone knows a light like that but in a budget?

  3. Julius Gashumba Avatar
    Julius Gashumba

    Amazing!

  4. Siniša Trifunović Avatar
    Siniša Trifunović

    Fu*king amazing.

  5. Jayehlloh Avatar
    Jayehlloh

    You are intruding on other’s privilege to enjoy and photograph “Nature” as is, which is by definition void of human alterations, pollution, or noise. It will become impossible to enjoy unaltered Nature in the Parks if others like you destroy this for your individual profit or needs. A good question is, “Why not build a Starbucks, a fast food restaurant, gas station, parking lot directly in front of the Natural wonders you are photographing and allow ATV and Motorcycles riding around the landscape ?.” There are many others who would feel very intruded upon if they spent the time and money to seek out, hike, plan an Astro Photography shoot or Campsite to enjoy the beauty, serenity, natural sounds Nature offers. Your shots are unique and turned out well, but I would not waive my rights to experience Nature “Naturally”… nor should anyone else be forced to.

    1. Piers Cooke Avatar
      Piers Cooke

      That’s a pretty weak argument. Do you also get your knickers in a twist when NYE fireworks go off around your home city; infringing on your ‘rights to experience’ the town in it’s latent state? Don’t be such a kill joy, it’s not as if they’re dumping pollutants into the environment there anyways.

      1. Lane T Davidson Avatar
        Lane T Davidson

        There’s always one, isn’t there. Can’t do it themselves cause they don’t know how and use fear of the unknown as a justification to push irrational ideas onto other people.
        “You should never edit your photos. A real photographer get’s it right, out of the camera.” Says the guys who don’t know how to use photoshop.

        Great shots, great “Non-Destructive” expression of your art. “Good job!” to this photog.

  6. Boyboy27 Avatar
    Boyboy27

    I’ve tried this before with a headtorch attached to my Mavic Pro (with gaffer tape). Unfortunately the weather wasn’t good enough to get a good shot but it’s fun to experiment with.