This 20-Year Old Aerial Photographer's Work Is So Good That It Will Make You Want To Give Up

I might as well sell my drone and you may think about it too after seeing what Australian photographer, Gabriel Scanu, has put together in the recent months. With aerial photography being more accessible than ever, there have a rise of amazing artists popping up in this rapidly growing genre, Scanu is definitely one that stands out from the growing crowd.
 
Based out of Australia, Scanu showcases the unique beauty his home country brings where the Pacific Ocean meets Australia's scenic coast.
 
"The thing I love most about drone photography is the fact that you can capture scenes from a perspective that they are usually never viewed from." Scanu told Wired.
 
In fact art is in his blood, Scanu's father taught him how to capture images using real film at the young age of 12.
 
You can see more of his work on his Instagram and YouTube page.

 

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Anonymous's picture

This kid's composition is immaculate. Leave it to a 20-year-old to change my view on drone photography. Sounds like his dad raised him right.

Sebastian Auer's picture

Give up? Nope! I love to see what other people are going, especially if its great work. It inspires me to go and create more! Improve my craft, try something new or simply let it sink in to create a new spark of creativity.

Nick Pecori's picture

Ofcourse Sebastian, I meant that in light-hearted in nature! :)

Casey McCallister's picture

So many locations where it's illegal to fly.

Ethan Chin's picture

The work is good, but nothing will make me want to give up. You know why? Because this guy got to where he is through practice, practice and practice. And if one can give up just because one saw someone better, then one will never get anywhere, in photography or in life.

Nick Pecori's picture

I mean that in a light-hearted, humoured nature. Of course it's inspirational!

Brian Kitts's picture

Golden Gate Bridge = no fly zone..... Yosemite National Park = no fly zone ..... Even if he's not flying for commercial purposes, he's clearly ignoring FAA Part 107 regulations on clearance from clouds. No offense but I wouldn't promote this article, you are promoting illegal activity.

John Kingston's picture

YES I'm glad someone else noticed this.

Jonathan Reid's picture

So? Good on him. The best way to protest a stupid rule. I'm specifically referring to Yosemite where there are no real safety issues.

Tor Ivan Boine's picture

yes. Lets ignore laws just because they are stupid.

Jonathan Reid's picture

Peaceful resistance - Gandhi would approve.

If you've never broken the speed limit or parked where you shouldn't, by all means, judge away. Flying a drone in Yosemite is the equivalent of jaywalking.

Anonymous's picture

I'm not sure what the source of the Yosemite ban is but, in my opinion, preserving the natural state of the park, as much as possible, would be a noble reason. When I see drones in places like that, it ruins the experience.

Jonathan Reid's picture

The source is greed. The national parks want to charge ridiculous amounts for permits. A drone flying cms above your head will ruin the experience, but a few meters up, it's pretty much silent and invisible. Way less distracting than the horrendous traffic issues.

Anonymous's picture

I'm sure my issue is psychological. I've become somewhat numb to the traffic. Had I been around when the first cars showed up, I would have had the same reaction to their presence.
That said, I pretty much hate drones and more than a few of their pilots but I'm sure they're very nice people with no harm intended.

I think they would have to be much more than a few meters up to be invisible. Maybe kilometers? ;-)

Jonathan Reid's picture

Patrick, my comments are not based on being a drone user, they're based on being a tripod user and being told that I'm not allowed to use a tripod, pretty much anywhere urban in Europe. I worry that the same mindset extends to drone users.

Anonymous's picture

I understand the concern. It's not nearly as bad here in the U.S. but I've encountered it here and also in Japan.
In either case (drones and tripods), you have to balance your needs with respect for others. I have nothing against drones in theory, and I'm sure my negative encounters aren't necessarily representative of the whole. When I shoot in urban areas, I'm hyper-sensitive to the feelings of others regarding using a tripod and also photographing folks. I just want the same consideration from others.
All that being said, while I don't mind seeing a drone at the local park, I absolutely don't want to see one at a National Park.

michael andrew's picture

I have a drone, It is not silent, that is a lie. It is very loud and intrusive and I loath flying it in public places when people are around because it is a nuisance and I realize that.

Jonathan Reid's picture

I was shooting video last week and someone was flying a phantom near me. I seriously had no idea where it was until it was about 10 meters above me.

Simon Roberts's picture

I noticed the tail of a helicopter in one of his shots on Instagram. Do we know all these were taken with a drone?

michael andrew's picture

Big sur also. As for people defending flying in no fly zones, pathetic.

Jonathan Reid's picture

Why pathetic? The rule is pathetic. What good reason can you give for banning drones in Big Sur?

Caleb Kerr's picture

I hate when young people are good at things.

Anonymous's picture

I hate it when anyone is better than me at anything.
I'm ALWAYS miserable! ;-)

Caleb Kerr's picture

I remember when I was 18 and Sydney Crosby got into the NHL. I was so mad. Like, this guy is MY AGE and is a top professional. Anyway, I digress. Talented young people are the worst.

Anonymous's picture

For the past...few?? years, I've been older than my doctors. That's just wrong!! ;-)

Anonymous's picture

I like the photos but not the video at all. Too jerky.

Chad Andreo's picture

Does anyone know whats the technique/transition thats used in the zoom out and zoom in transitions?

Brian Dowling's picture

It's just basic video editing. Usually people do a slow zoom, but he does a fast zoom for effect.

Ross Jukes's picture

Really impressive work. However, I have to agree with so many of the other comments. I am just about to buy a Mavic but (being a good boy) I checked the UK rules around drones and it will seriously limit a lot of what I want to do with it (aerial shots of towns and cities).

I can only imagine that as more & more consumer drones are sold, their will be an increase in accidents and misuse so eventually the authorities will come looking for (websites, Youtube, Facebook etc.) people 'breaking the rules' and there will be an increase in costly prosecutions - it makes me wonder whether it is even worth it... Still going to buy a Mavic though, just need to move to New Zealnd or something!

Jonathan Reid's picture

I'm in the same situation. I'll respect all the areas where drone flight is a safety concern, like near airports, but wild, nature areas are fair game
Imo. Scotland is cheaper than NZ.

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