“Click click, click click.” This is the sound of hard work to one select group of the wake scene. What comes from this sound can be breath taking, mind blowing, emotional, inspiring and intimidating. It can leave a long lasting impression and kick start some ones career. You’ve probably read or looked over a ton of articles and pictures in magazines thinking about how that rider did that, or where they where riding. Have you ever thought about how hard it was for the photographer? Any one can grab a camera and snap a photo, but to be able to shoot a real artistic photo of an extreme sport takes a lot of talent. I’ve had the pleasure of working with a number of talented photographers over the last years. One of those is Island photographers is Drew Glaser. You’ll find him and his camera around one of the island’s best lakes, Sproat Lake, Port Alberni.
I asked Drew a few questions to get a small glimps into the world of a photographer.
Drew, I know you’re main passion for photos has been concentrated on mountain biking but what was your first photo shoot experience for wakeboarding and describe the scenario?
Drew- “The first time I really shot wake boarding was with my buddy Quinn Terepocki. We were lucky enough to have someone who had just got a new seadoo and was stokin to drive me around on that thing.”
Quinn Terrepoki, first shoot.
Now that you’ve had a couple of summers of shooting wake sports, what do you enjoy about shooting wakeboarding?
Drew- “Being on the lake with friends when the weathers good is so much fun, shooting on top of that makes for an amazing day.”
Any one can pick up a camera and take a photo of a wakeboarder. I imagine to get a really great photo worthy of a magazine spread it must take a little more than that. What are some of the challenges involved in getting a great shot of wakeboarding?
Drew- “Some challenges would be having good light. Shooting on a clear day in the morning or late afternoon will provide that for you. Another challenge is framing, deciding where you want the rider to be in the frame and making sure they’re in focus. There’s nothing worse than looking at the back of your camera and thinking you have an A+ photo, getting home and uploading it to find out its soft and out of focus. Shooting from a tube with a fisheye can also be tough, you have water droplets continuously landing on your lens port. Keeping something jammed in your life jacket so you can wipe your lens port is essential. If you decide to shoot from a tube make sure to use a water housing.”
Rider- Matt Tyson
Working with a rider who you’re trying to take a picture of who is traveling at 22mph must be hard. What are some things that you could tell a rider that would help them work with a photographer?
Drew- “You could tell a rider to wait for your thumbs up to ensure you’re ready if you’re trying to nail a specific trick.”
You’ve certainly put in some time shooting photos of wake sports but have you tried wakeboarding yourself?
Drew- “I haven’t tried wake boarding but I can wake skate. I’m no good, but its fun as hell.”
Maybe the next time we all pick up a magazine and gawk over the photo’s it wont just be inspiration from the rider. Maybe we can stop and appreciate the time and effort put into the shot that allows us to view our favorite sports in amazing ways. A photographer is just as important to sports as the athletes. They provide us with the inspirational material to push us to our limits. If you liked some of Drew’s photos please take the time to check out his website and support his work. ( http://www.drewglaserphotography.com
) If you’re pushing yourself to the next level and would like to attempt to work with a photographer please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org