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During the 2017 eclipse, Wu had been so focused on capturing the perfect photograph that he hadn't been able to fully enjoy the occasion. "I realized it was a missed opportunity to experience a world you wouldn't experience any other time,” he says. This time, he prepared his cameras ahead of time and programmed them to shoot at intervals throughout the eclipse. The two drones hovered overhead, shooting video. For the approximately two and a half minutes of the eclipse, Wu could sit back and soak in the atmosphere.
"It's very easy to be focused on a single thing and not realize what's happening around you," he says. "The corona is beautiful, but the effect that the umbra has on the landscape is just incredible, and I don't think most people realize that."The next solar eclipse will take place on December 14, 2020 in Chile and Argentina. Wu and his team are already making plans to photograph it.
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Drone Scouts, of CourseWu has shot conceptual landscape photography in some of the world's most remote locations—East Java, Patagonia, Chile's Atacama Desert, Norway's Svalbard Archipelago—but this shoot, part of a mini-documentary about Wu's photography done as part of a Coors Light ad campaign, gave him the opportunity to highlight global warming by photographing a fast-receding glacier, one of the last in South America.