Reuben Wu Reveals the Beauty of Peru’s Shrinking Pastoruri Glacier

All images by Reuben Wu. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Chicago-based visual artist and music producer Reuben Wu has been one of our go-to creatives for inspiration for his otherworldly landscape photography. One of these is Lux Noctis, which, in his own words, “presents familiar sights in a new and unfamiliar light.” For the most recent installment of this project, he traveled to Peru in July 2018 to photograph one of the few glaciers that remain at the tropics at an altitude of 17,000 ft. The results are as stunning and magical as expected.

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Why Fujifilm is Right for Me and I Left Nikon

All images and text from Olivia Pasquarelli.

My photographic journey was a long one, with many twists and turns that eventually landed me in the world of Fujifilm.  The first time someone suggested I try out a Fujifilm camera, I laughed at them. I had shot with a clunky Nikon DSLRs for years, I couldn’t imagine that such a tiny and stylish camera could compete in its images.  I first experienced photography by using 35mm film and developing and printing in a darkroom, and I was also told that Fujifilm cameras were the ‘digital version of film’.  My blatant response to that was, “yeah, right”.  I was quickly proven wrong.

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Sonia Szóstak’s “Magic Hours” Depict Vivid and Gorgeous Landscapes

All images by Sonia Szóstak. Used with Creative Commons Permission

Nature has been mankind’s biggest sources of inspiration and ideas for all kinds of creative pursuits. Nothing compares to being inspired while immersing in the hues, textures, lines, shapes, and formations that we can find in the great outdoors. Such was the experience of photographer Sonia Szóstak and her team while travelling across the beautiful landscapes of Bolivia and Peru.

For Paris-based Sonia Szóstak, Bolivia and Peru are among the best places to study color composition, and her series of travel photos entitled Magic Hours bear testament to this claim. Indeed, her beautiful snaps show jagged mountains, sloping hillsides, snowy hiking trails, and sprawling grasslands painted in different eye-catching colors. This set definitely shows what makes the two destinations among the most sought after in South America.

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Rogue Drone Goes Off on an Adventure in the Amazon Rainforest

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While filming the Treehouse Lodge in Peru for Animal Planet, Chris Newman and Aaron Sorenson of CineChopper experienced firsthand what it’s like to lose control of a drone helicopter in the middle of a rainforest.

Things were working perfectly on their first day of shooting until, in an exciting turn of events, Chris lost control of his $15K drone. Suddenly losing the ability to move it with his controller, he found himself running through the thick vegetation to try and catch up with the drone that’s somehow decided to go off on its own merry adventure above the rainforest. Luckily enough, the entire thing was captured on video by the Canon SLR it was mounted with.

In the video, you will see the drone hovering just above the trees for a minute or two then moving farther and higher away, beyond vision, before alarmingly descending down to the top of the trees, chopping off leaves and branches as it came into a crashing halt on a high branch.

It was a straightforward assignment turned sour and somewhat comical, with Chris and Aaron finding themselves part of a rescue team on a mission to save one rogue drone in the middle of the Amazon rainforest, a team who themselves were being hunted by a scourge of ferocious mosquitos.

Because drones are not only expensive but also possible fire hazards, it was an extremely stressful situation. Yet as you watch this daredevil drone try and escape its owner, the whole thing somewhat becomes hilarious. And at least one good thing came out of it – the duo were able to see first hand the techniques that were used to build the bungalows they came there to feature as those were used to bring the drone down from its tall perch.

Watch the amazing footage of the whole incident after the jump.
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Cecilia Gallery’s New Camera Straps Are Made From Alpaca Wool

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Alpaca’s are cute, fuzzy, and sometimes funny animals. And with lots of stylish camera straps these days being made from leather or canvas, these new addition from the Cecilia Gallery is quite a welcome surprise. The company has today announced a new line of 14 camera straps made of Alpaca wool and leather accents. Each strap comes with its own unique design and range somewhere in the $85 to $95 price point.

The company tells us that the straps are all handwoven in Peru and that they’ve got nylon built into them to help them support up to 250lbs of weight. Yes–we just said 250lbs, that’s what they’re claiming at least. In a situation like that, you can probably tote your 8×10 camera around your neck with one of these things.

You can snag your own right now on the company’s website.