The Bigger Picture: Source of Enlightenment

October 19, 2023 By Mike Mather, Mike Mather,

The University of Virginia’s Rotunda is undoubtedly the most photographed building on Grounds, so it’s hard for photographers to create a fresh take on a centuries-old landmark.

University Communications’ photographer and drone pilot Mitch Powers, assisted by intern Solomon Goluboff-Schragger, recently took up that challenge. Powers hovered a drone over the building, kept the drone camera’s shutter open for a few seconds, and then slowly flew the drone backward.

The pair made several attempts over several nights until the light was perfect and the drone track precise. The result is a sharp image of the Rotunda’s dome with fascinating light trails emanating from the building.

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