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Aurora Borealis 3.14.18 by Reuben Hernandez

Northern Lights, Aurora, Aurora Borealis, Aurora Photographer, Yellowknife, Canada, Aurora Hunter, Aurora Chaser, Northern Lights Photographer

GHOST DANCE 3.14.18

My first aurora image, out of 6,400 total images. I'll never forget this night, and the following several nights after. I looked up towards the sky, and the green, magenta, red, and blue aurora danced above us for several hours. This image is meaningful because it has been on the top of my bucket list to see and photograph the aurora for quite some time. The aurora is one of the most beautiful, surreal, and bizarre things I've ever seen. I'm excited to pitch a big project...

Today also marks 8 years since I worked my last day at a full time job ✌🏽

Camera settings: ISO 1000, f/2.8, 24 mm, 15 seconds

Yellowknife, Northerwest Territories, Canada

Supai, AZ for BBC Travel by Reuben Hernandez

Supai, Arizona, Havasupai, Grand Canyon, BBC Travel, Reuben Hernandez
Supai, Arizona, Havasupai, Grand Canyon, BBC Travel, Reuben Hernandez, Havau Falls, Havasupai Falls
Supai, Arizona, Havasupai, Grand Canyon, BBC Travel, Reuben Hernandez, Havau Falls, Havasupai Falls
Supai, Arizona, Havasupai, Grand Canyon, BBC Travel, Reuben Hernandez, Havau Falls, Havasupai Falls
Supai, Arizona, Havasupai, Grand Canyon, BBC Travel, Reuben Hernandez, Havau Falls, Havasupai Falls
Supai, Arizona, Havasupai, Grand Canyon, BBC Travel, Reuben Hernandez, Havau Falls, Havasupai Falls
Supai, Arizona, Havasupai, Grand Canyon, BBC Travel, Reuben Hernandez, Havau Falls, Havasupai Falls
Supai, Arizona, Havasupai, Grand Canyon, BBC Travel, Reuben Hernandez, Havau Falls, Havasupai Falls
Supai, Arizona, Havasupai, Grand Canyon, BBC Travel, Reuben Hernandez, Havau Falls, Havasupai Falls
Supai, Arizona, Havasupai, Grand Canyon, BBC Travel, Reuben Hernandez, Havau Falls, Havasupai Falls
Supai, Arizona, Havasupai, Grand Canyon, BBC Travel, Reuben Hernandez, Havau Falls, Havasupai Falls

Here are some of my favorites images that I photographed of Supai and the Havasupai Falls while on assignment for BBC Travel.  Supai is the most remote town in the lower 48 and is only accessible by an 8 mile hike, by mule, or by helicopter and is the only US town that still received its mail by mule. It has been inhabited by the Havaupai for at least 1,000 years. Check out the full story here:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/gallery/20180222-the-tiny-village-hidden-inside-the-grand-canyon

BBC Travel - The tiny village hidden inside the Grand Canyon by Reuben Hernandez

I'm excited to share my first story for BBC Travel, featuring Supai, the most remote town in the lower 48 states. I hiked 40 miles carrying 50 pounds of gear for this story. It is best viewed on desktop rather than mobile. Enjoy!

http://www.bbc.com/travel/gallery/20180222-the-tiny-village-hidden-inside-the-grand-canyon

Travel Assignment by Reuben Hernandez

Sedona, Arizona. Vortex, the Vortex, vscocam, vsco, BBC Travel, BBC
Seligman, Arizona, vscocam, vsco, BBC Travel, BBC

Here are some iPhone photos I snapped while on a travel assignment for BBC Travel. I look forward to sharing the story soon once it goes live! 

New Work by Reuben Hernandez

Conde Nast, One World Trade Center, Reuben Hernandez Studios, Reuben Hernandez

Some fun projects are in the pipeline this year. And the view is not too bad from here

2017 Best Nine by Reuben Hernandez

2017 Best Nine Instagram posts / photos

My 2017 best nine Instagram photos curated by the Instagram community. 2017 was a great year

Italy | Italy | NYC | Greece | NYC | South Africa | Greece | New York | Italy

California Here We Come by Reuben Hernandez

My favorite beach, near where I grew up in Southern California

My favorite beach, near where I grew up in Southern California

An oasis at Joshua Tree National Park

An oasis at Joshua Tree National Park

I accidentally light painted this Joshua tree with my iphone during a long exposure

I accidentally light painted this Joshua tree with my iphone during a long exposure

Here are some of my favorites images from a recent trip to California last week. It's always great to come back and visit some of the spots I used to frequent growing up.

New Studio Location by Reuben Hernandez

Our view. Photo by Daniel Castro

Our view. Photo by Daniel Castro

Sky Pie Studio, SkyPieStudio, Eat Sky Pie, Daniel Castro Photography, Daniel Castro, 67 West St., Greenpoint, Brooklyn, 67 West Street

Reuben Hernandez Studios has moved into a new shared studio with our friends at Sky Pie Studio. We are located at 67 West St., just off of the East River in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. We love visitors so please stop by and say hi if you're in the neighborhood. We're in suite 504, on the same floor as The Greenpoint Loft, Ruby Bird Studio, and Colony Studios.

Storm King Art Center by Reuben Hernandez

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Storm King Art Center, a picturesque 500 acre outdoor sculpture park, is one of my favorites places to visit and is only a short drive north of NYC. I highly recommend stopping by The Shops at Jones Farm for some goodies either before or after!

Geometric Shapes by Reuben Hernandez

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While Interviewing Cherie Blair last week, I looked out the window and saw this

Matera, Italy by Reuben Hernandez

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Matera is a town built into caves using negative architecture and one of the oldest and continuously inhabited human settlements in the world. It was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its underground cistern and water collection system. The main cistern has a water capacity of five million liters and took over 200 years to dig/carve out of the rock!

Puglia, Italy by Reuben Hernandez

First light at 6:30 AM

First light at 6:30 AM

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Grotta del Soffio

Grotta del Soffio

A fried egg jellyfish at Grotta del Soffio. The water was so clear!

A fried egg jellyfish at Grotta del Soffio. The water was so clear!

Grotta della Poesia Grande

Grotta della Poesia Grande

Some highlights from Puglia, Italy included endless underwater caves and swimming holes

Athens by Reuben Hernandez

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Old stuff, since 495 B.C.

Meteora, Greece by Reuben Hernandez

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Meteora, Greece is one of the most fascinating and spectacular places I have ever visited. It's a four hour drive north of Athens and has an incredibly rich history. Meteora translates as "suspended in the air".

Caves in Meteora were inhabited continuously between 50,000 and 5,000 years ago and the monks settled here in the 11th century. The monasteries were built in the 14th - 16th centuries and the monks found the inaccessible rock pillars an ideal refuge from the expanding Turkish occupation, and the area was also attacked by the Nazis during WWII. 

Today all of the monasteries pictured above are still functioning monasteries. I recommend ditching your car and exploring the region by foot. 

Elafónisos, Greece by Reuben Hernandez

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Monemvasia, Greece by Reuben Hernandez

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Big life moments that remain in the memory bank forever

(at Monemvasía, Greece)

Antarctica by Katherine Yaksich

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One of the final images I captured on my beloved Canon 5D mark II, on assignment in Antarctica

I did it. I sold my first DSLR camera, the Canon 5D mark II, which changed the course of my life. I didn’t realize how emotionally attached I’d become to this camera. I’m sure some of you can relate.

My trusty 5DII traveled with me to all seven continents, from Africa to Antarctica, and never ever let me down. It helped me forge a new path, realize my dream of doing what I love for a living (after I quit my last and only full time job 7 years ago), and led me to places that I only dreamed of such as Antarctica.

This is where it all began for me and I’m happy to pass the torch onto the next person/generation of photographers. Thanks to photographers Miah Klein and Matthew Morgan who helped guide me after I decided to jump in and purchase this camera 8 years ago. Long live the 5D mark II!

#antarcticaordie

(at Antarctica)

Beauty, Balance, and Grace by Katherine Yaksich

I’m excited to share this short I directed featuring JR and some NYC Ballet dancers. Thanks for watching and be sure to check out the NYC Ballet on stage.

Official Selection 2016 Paris Short Film Festival

A film by Reuben Hernandez

Featuring JR, Lauren Lovette, Megan Johnson, Taylor Stanley, and Craig Hall
Produced by Marc Azoulay
Additional cinematography by Frank Maldonado
Set photography by Jen Trahan
Music by I Am Lightyear

Winter is Coming by Katherine Yaksich

Winter is coming. Aka “time to bust out the snow goggles and slay some White Walkers” - Jon Snow #❄️

(at Williamsburg, Brooklyn)

2016 A Year in Review by Katherine Yaksich

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2016 A Year in Review

As I write this, it’s hard to believe that I’m approaching my six year anniversary of living in NYC.

2016 was an interesting year, to say the least. A lot of people can’t wait for it to be over. I learned a thing or two and some memorable experiences include:

Antarctica premiered in NYC earlier this year and screened at a handful of film festivals.

Beauty, Balance, and Grace premiered in Paris, France.

I had the opportunity to film Bono this year for a PSA for the Red Nose Day campaign. Spike Jonze randomly showed up and then thanked me for allowing him to help out. It was surreal. Bono and his crew were so gracious and kind and it was truly a pleasure to work with them. I’ve looked up to Bono for many years so it was such an honor to meet him.

This year I wrote and directed my first narrative short film, Maddie, that will premiere next year. I’m so thankful for my talented cast and crew that worked so hard on this project and gave so much. Writing is a new creative process for me, and I’ve learned that I can do it even out of necessity. It was an empowering experience to own a project completely from start to finish, and to learn firsthand that anything is possible. So many elements of this film seemed impossible and daunting at first, but we somehow pulled it off. People helped out from near and far and I’m truly grateful for all the support. We look forward to sharing Maddie on the big screen in 2017 so stay tuned for upcoming screenings.

I spent two months abroad in Europe this summer, working on post production for Maddie and recovering. Production on Maddie gave me a serious ass kicking so it was a much needed breath of fresh air to spend the summer away from NYC. 

One of my major takeaways from 2016 is that if you have a creative vision/idea that you believe in, then you just need to go for it and figure it out along the way. Some people thought that making Maddie would not be possible, but deep down I believed in my vision and was absolutely determined to see it through. I also learned a hell of a lot along the way, which will be invaluable.

See you next year.

All My Best,
Reuben