Photo of ‘Halo’ Over Abandoned Bus Shot Using Drone Light

Australian photographer Donald Yip went out into the desert on a clear night, found an abandoned bus, and captured this remarkable “halo” photo using drone light painting. Yip, a travel photographer based in Melbourne, was in the area photographing a lake when he happened to find the broken-down bus. “I stumbled across this bus while […]

Photo of ‘Halo’ Over Abandoned Bus Shot Using Drone Light

Australian photographer Donald Yip went out into the desert on a clear night, found an abandoned bus, and captured this remarkable “halo” photo using drone light painting.

Yip, a travel photographer based in Melbourne, was in the area photographing a lake when he happened to find the broken-down bus.

“I stumbled across this bus while I was photographing at a nearby salt lake, called Lake Tyrrell in Victoria, Australia, with my friend [Christopher Chan],” Yip tells PetaPixel. “We found it while scouting for Milky Way locations and thought it would be a cool subject.”

Instead of capturing a “standard” photo of the bus illuminated in the foreground and the Milky Way in the background, Yip had the idea of trying his hand at light painting with a drone for the first time. The duo arrived at the location at sunset and began to set up with available light.

“The halo was done using a Mavic 2 Pro, and the built-in landing light on the underside,” Yip says. “It usually only comes on when landing the drone is low light, but I manually overrode this in the DJI Go 4 app to remain on.

“I then simply switched on the ‘Circle around a point of interest’ mode, and when I was happy with the radius and speed, let it fly automatically.”

Point of Interest is a mode in DJI camera drones that is designed to automatically capture a video while the drone circles a subject — it turns out this auto-flying mode is perfect for the creation of light-painted halos.

Photographer Reuben Wu helped pioneer the idea of these light halos with his project that featured massive halos above rock pinnacles.

“Each battery had a duration of 25 minutes or so, giving me plenty of time to experiment and set up the camera,” Yip continues. “The speed of the drone is important, as this dictates the angle it flies at in a circle; subsequently, this controls how much of the undercarriage light is seen by the camera.

“Not only does the light create the halo effect on a long exposure here, but it also illuminated the landscape and the bus. I was surprised with how soft the light was.”

In addition to the drone serving as the main light in the shot, Yip also used a small camping LED lantern inside the bus, an iPhone to manually light the bus wheel, and a flashlight to backlight Yip’s friend on top of the bus.

Gear-wise, Yip used a Nikon D750 DSLR, a Samyang 14mm f/2.8 lens, and a MeFOTO Roadtrip tripod. The camera settings were 15 seconds, f/2.8, and ISO 800.

You can find more of Yip’s work on his website and Instagram. You can also purchase prints of his photos through his online shop.

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OWC Envoy Pro SX is a Waterproof SSD That Transfers Up To 2847 MB/s

OWC has announced the rugged and compact bus-powered Envoy Pro SX Thunderbolt 3 SSD that is water, dust, and drop-proof, promises transfer speeds of up to 2,847 MB/s, silently cools, and is bus-powered.

The OWC Envoy Pro SX is touted as a portable SSD that can withstand “any condition” and its small size makes it a super-portable device that most will find suitable for a range of use cases. OWC says that the bus-powered drive is versatile enough to be used either for daily storage or for backup tasks and is fast enough to handle the demands of audio, design, video, and photography workflows. It is fully compatible with either macOS or Windows built-in encryption.

The Envoy Pro SX is quoted as capable of reaching sequential read/write performance speeds of up to 2847 MB/s (which was tested while connected to a Windows 10 PC equipped with a Gigabyte Technology motherboard with an AMD 3960X 3.8GHz processor and 32GB RAM running AJA System Test — 4K full resolution, 4GB file size, 16bit RGB codec, single file test).

Its rugged design allows the half-pound drive to withstand repeated drops (over 25 times) at several angles from a height of four feet and is water-resistant for up to 30 minutes at a depth of less than one meter. Basically, the drive should very easily survive drops from most tables and desks and won’t be fazed by splashes of water or full-on spills that cover the device in liquid.

The grooves on the exterior of the device are heat sinks that allow it to run without the need of a fan, and OWC says that even in the case of extremely long, intensive data transfers, speed performance should not dip thanks to the effective way it is able to cool itself.

Other small details include rubberized feet to keep it in place and an LED that shows power and activity status. OWC also covers the Envoy Pro SX with a five-year limited warranty.

The OWC Envoy Pro SX comes in four capacity options: 240 and 480 gigabytes as well as both one and two terabyte options. The lowest capacity costs $199, while the two terabyte maximum capacity runs $529. Any of the four options can be purchased directly from OWC’s online shop.

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