Are You Still Watching?


Excerpt from Issue 44

Drones have helped us reach new heights in documenting wave-riding – but are they a flash in the pan, or here to stay? Today is your lucky day, below is a preview into the pages of MM Issue 44 - click the link above to purchase your copy now.

Photo:  Andrew Semark

Andrew Semark

How would you describe a drone?

That thing that annoys you on your morning surf until you get some footage or stills from it.

Why are more surf photographers moving to drone?

Ease. Drones aren’t super hard to learn and they’re fun. Usually professional photographers will supplement with drones rather than giving up water and land shooting completely

So, are drones the death of traditional surf photography?

I don’t believe so. If anything, it compliments it by creating variety and offering an alternate angle.

Photo:  Josh Tabone

Josh Tabone

What is drone photography to you?

Trial and error.

What does the future look like for drones in surfing?

The possibilities are endless. It would be cool to see waterproof drones that you could fly straight into the ocean, which transform into a submarine type vehicle, that could continue to shoot above and below water.

Photo:  Reed Plummer

 Reed Plummer

On an average session, are you the only drone out there?

When I first started, I was the only one out in the lineup at a few popular waves but by the time the next winter swells came, I definitely noticed an increase of other drones in the air. One time there were four other drones shooting the same slab, all flying within a dangerous proximity of each other. Not only were the drone pilots not communicating with each other and couldn’t see each other on land, but they were almost playing a game of chicken to muscle someone out of their spot. Literal drone wars. For me, it’s hard to navigate when you are flying in an area where the majority of drone pilots won’t use radio communications or follow all the rules; there’s not much you can really do there besides do the right thing yourself and follow the laws

On an average session, are you the only drone out there?

When I first started, I was the only one out in the lineup at a few popular waves but by the time the next winter swells came, I definitely noticed an increase of other drones in the air. One time there were four other drones shooting the same slab, all flying within a dangerous proximity of each other.

Read more in ‘Are You Still Watching?’ within the pages or PDF of Issue 44.

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