Why are helicopters still relevant? Why not just join team drone?
In a photographic sense, you remove all the creative limitations that are inherent in drones. You can compose the image through your viewfinder and use any camera and lens you want. You obviously get way more flight-time and greater reach, too, because the other objective we had was searching for new waves. The level of accessibility you get is incredible.
What draws you to those subtle moments between the glory shots?
For the most part, I don’t think tight action photos are particularly engaging, but they usually end up getting the most documentation. In my opinion, the best part of surfing is the emotion: fear, astonishment, curiosity, camaraderie. A tiny figure paddling through a vast open ocean scene. You have to look a little deeper to capture those things, so I’m constantly trying to be less safe in my approach to photography so I can focus on those unique moments.