Photographer Uses Long-exposure Photography To Make Earth Look Like A Distant Planet

The impressive landscapes on Earth can take a person’s breath away. But for Reuben Wu, that wasn’t enough. Wu—a photographer, visual artist, and music producer—felt that the planet’s majestic mountains, glaciers, and beaches were missing something.

In the words of photographer Reuben Wu, “we are overwhelmed every day by images of the familiar.”

This proliferation of beautiful, but familiar images, inspired Wu’s latest project, “Lux Noctis,” a series of landscapes in the western United States lit by drone. By highlighting specific elements of a landscape, rather than relying on the sun or moon, Wu renders them unfamiliar, unexpected and otherwordly.

Wu developed the concept for “Lux Noctis” last year on assignment. Wanting to light a car from above, he strapped an LED strip to a drone. As light fell from the sky, Wu realized that using drones as lights (as opposed to cameras) could be the start of a bigger project.

After sitting on the idea, he identified a range of locations to shoot by night, from New Mexico’s Bisti Badlands to the Valley of the Gods in Utah, and set out to visit them in February and March. For Wu, who grew up in England, the American West has always been a “sublime” and “exotic” place, and seemed a fitting choice.

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Reuben Wu

The idea was born from a mistake. One night near Death Valley, California, Wu set a camera to make a time-lapse series in the dark. A pickup truck drove by and washed out the scene with its harsh headlights.

At first, says Wu, “I was really annoyed. But when I looked at the images, I was fascinated. Here was artificial lighting in a natural environment.”

The juxtaposition launched his desire to try adding light to other scenes where it didn’t belong: on lakes, in canyons, on tall rock pillars in the desert. He flew drones carrying lights in front of cameras, taking long exposures—as long as 30 seconds. Then he layered the images into composites and, in some images, retouched the final version to remove the drone but leave the light it cast.

Photographer Reuben Wu creates light painting photography with the help of long exposures and drones.

Reuben Wu

To light his compositions, Wu used a Fiilex AL250 light attached to a GPS-enabled 3DR Solo drone, and shot with a Phase One XF 100MP camera. In order to set up, he reached each site with daylight to spare, then waited for the short two-hour or so window between dusk and moonrise. Limited by time and the battery power of his drone, Wu took only a handful of exposures at each site, repositioning the drone for each shot.

All of the sites were remote, and many devoid of cell service. Working in complete darkness, save the light of his drone — sometimes so far away it looked like a star — felt “like being in a science fiction film set,” he says.

Back in his studio, Wu tried to remember that feeling when stitching together elements of light and dark from different exposures.

Reuben Wu

He cites 19th-century Romantic painting as an influence. “I’m very inspired by the idea of awe and terror that you get from natural locations and events,” Wu says. “The paintings of Caspar David Friedrich are a huge inspiration. He was the first painter to paint landscape in a…slightly scary, slightly bleak, dark way. His philosophy was to take what he saw with his inner eye and to share it with reality.”

In two of Wu’s images, the figure of a man (his friend) appears — a mere speck in a sea of landscape. The decision to introduce a familiar element was a decision of scale, he explains: “A lot of my work deals with the idea of geological time and how human history is such a tiny blip in that timeline. The earth existed without us for such a huge, vast amount of time that what we really see is an alien planet.”

Wu plans to expand “Lux Noctis” and hopes to photograph a coastal headland next.

“We simply forget how amazing the planet is,” he reflects. “Everyone is raving about how amazing Mars is. It really is nothing on what we have.”

Reuben Wu

Reuben Wu

Often, he’ll create unnatural lighting or beguiling spotlights with drones.

Reuben Wu

Reuben Wu

Reuben Wu

Reuben Wu

Reuben Wu

Reuben Wu

He offers peeks into his process on his popular Instagram account.


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20 Pictures of German Shepherds That Show You How Adorable and Loving They Are

I believe you all have heard of German Shepherds. They are the most steadfastly loyal companions, and consistently rank at the top of the most popular dog breeds, and it’s easy to see why. German shepherd dogs (GSD) are noble, diligent, loyal, and highly intelligent dogs. They are large in size and have very streamlined, athletic builds that make them both strong and agile.

Though they are excellent herding dogs, German shepherds are very well suited to work as service animals, such as guide dogs for the blind. They are excellent performing as working dogs, especially in police and military operations. They also make highly effective guard dogs. Of course, the German shepherd dog also makes a wonderful companion in the right home.

One of the most recognizable breeds today, German shepherds are celebrated for their impressive balance of power and grace. They surely mark a presence in your heart as well. To all of those who own a German shepherd, they will strongly agree to that fact.

Below we’ve made a list of their adorable pictures, and they will make you fall in love with this breed once more.

1. My boy Kenzo, my soulmate. He’s a real gentle giant with a puppy personality. 


2. My baby had a photoshoot and I chose the photo that really shows her personality 


3. My baby girl met her brother again after 3 weeks 


4. I, for one, feel safer knowing there’s a German Shepherd in the Oval Office. 


5. Finally broke it to her that she was adopted. 


6. My family has always had a love for shepherds 


7. Now this is funny and cute 


8. My Flynn 8 Months old – for contrast My husband is 6ft 2in 


9. Our boy passed his test, he is officially a therapy dog! 


10. Me and my boy, Bauer 


11. Went to the shelter just to see, came home with this beautiful boy. Meet Fenrir aka Finn.


12. This pup helped me survive through medical school 


13. Meeka realized she can stand in the pool 


14. People tend to be scared of my pup when I take her out but she’s probably more loving than most people tbh 


15. We’re super cute. Give us your lunch! 


16. We found Lucy on a desert highway when she was 4 weeks old, today she celebrates 10 months. 


17. She’s just so cute I can hardly stand it! 


18. Levi sporting a baby carhartt coat 


19. Kato mastered “sit” and “stay, so now we are moving on to “defensive driving” 


20. I just can’t get over his face 


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