Neither water nor land, the jetski camera angle is as unique as it is dangerous.
In surf photography, the game is usually shot from water or land. The water guy is wide-angle, mostly, meaning his money shot is the ultra close-up of a turn or tube, while the land angle usually involves taking in a little foreground to create interest and perspective.
Lately, with big waves suddenly back in the picture, it isn't water or land that's taking the most compelling images but those shot from the back of a jet ski.
Chris Bryan, a 37-year-old cameraman from Australia, who most recently was hired to film the jet ski angle for the upcoming remake of Point Break in Tahiti, says, “It’s the difference between looking at a skyscraper from a plane or standing on the ground looking up. This angle puts the wave in its proper perspective.”
GoPros, he says, make the tube look too small; the boat angle lacks drama.
Along with Chris, the following spread includes the work of luminaries Daniel Russo, from Hawaii, Domenic Mosqueira, from French Polynesia, and Andrew Shield, from Australia.