Wouda Interviews International Drone Photographer Gabriel Scanu
If you’ve ever wanted a reason to buy yourself a drone, Gabriel Scanu’s photographs are sure to present you with the needed justification for just that. This young, vibrant and gifted drone photographer gives us a seagull’s view of life at the coast.
“Anything but a 9-5 desk job”
Growing up in Sydney, Gabriel’s life was normal; going to school, playing sports and going to the beach. And like most young kids he didn’t have a clear vision of what he wanted to become. “All I knew is that I wanted to do something that allowed me to travel and have fun doing it.” Basically, he wanted to do anything but the ordinary 9-5 desk job.
Influence & Inspiration
Gabriel believes that his cinematographer father influenced him without him ever even noticing. “Just being surrounded by cameras from a young age made me to be naturally drawn to them.” Which totally makes sense. He learned how to a DSLR camera by the age of 12 and has always enjoyed exploring with it.
Though there are amazing creative’s out there like photographers Nabil Elderkin and Mat Abad as well as traveller Jack Morris who inspire him, Gabriel draws most of his inspiration from different walks of life. “Taking little bits and pieces from everything I see and expressing it in my own way.”
The drone phenomenon
Living in a beautifully diverse country such as Australia (with pristine beaches, desolate deserts, mountainous areas AND cities) just makes capturing aerial photos so much easier.
Gabriel has been doing drone photography for round about two years now. It was when he started to get attention from viewers that he realised he had something unique, which he should continue to pursue. “I guess, as an early adopter of the drone photography phenomenon, people were really drawn to the unique perspective I was capturing.”
Keep it simple
He sounds like a seasoned photographer when he says; “I like to keep things really simple when I shoot.” When he shoots stills he uses a Canon 5D MkIII DSLR camera with a variety of Canon lenses. For his out-of-this-world aerials he uses a DJI Phantom 4 drone.
Let’s talk about the Mavic Pro Drone
I just had to find out what his thoughts are on the recently launched DJI Mavic Pro drone. He said that although he hasn’t tested it out himself, from what he’s seen, it seems to be a “game-changing product.”
Gabriel says that the biggest struggle he’s faced flying drones is the various laws and restrictions, which dictate where you can fly. “As well as ensuring your own safety.” In South Africa we encounter the same situation in which there are different restrictions to flying your drone, both privately and commercially.
All this aside, Gabriel Scanu is here to stay – always ready for adventure and exploring new places. At the moment he is excited about hosting an exclusive exhibition in February 2017. We can’t wait to see the staggering heights this young drone photographer is going to reach!
Check out his Instagram to keep up with his ever evolving style of drone photography.