Liverpool-born and Chigaco-based musician and photographer Reuben Wu uses Drones to capture Mountain Halos. 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.

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I got my first drone in 2014. My childhood dream was to have a flying camera – being able to see landscapes from impossible perspectives, so it was an important step in my photography to start using a remote moving camera.

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

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

I began to shoot photos and music videos with it while experimenting with using projectors to shine graphical patterns at night onto rock pinnacles. The Lux Noctis concept developed from that, using the drone as an aerial light source instead of a camera.

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

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

The photographs are long exposures and have to be well considered and set up. To me, there is more craft in creating night photos, and the use of remote aerial lights is just part of that (quite complex) workflow.

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

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

I spend the day of the shoot planning compositions, locations, hiking tracks and GPS markers and then wait until sun down before I start shooting.

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

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

I keep my entire kit portable so I can hike to very remote spots. I never fly 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.

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

One of the shots accidentally caught the final burn of Falcon Heavy as it exited the Earth’s atmosphere. This was in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona.

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

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Photo Credits: Photographs by Reuben Wu and used with permission.

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