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Catching up with Scott Serfas

Last year we spent sometime with the amazing photographer Scott Serfas, while we where travelling the world getting some input on the 2015 Mountain Series pack. As with all of these trips you get different things as everyone comes at this from a different angle, one of the things we love about photography.

Scott has numerous magazine covers in his locker and amongst other things was involved in the classic film ‘Art of Flight’… check out a little more on Scott below.
See if you can spot the cameo from the legandary Brett Tippie (@BrettTippie) in the film.

 

 

Q. Can you give us an introduction to yourself and your work?

A. My name is Scott Serfas, I’m from Vancouver, BC and currently living in Whistler. I shoot mainly snowboarding, skateboarding, surfing and biking.

Q. Can you detail your camera gear for a Mountain Bike or Snowboard shoot?

A. Canon EOS-1DX, 15mm f/2.8 fisheye lens, 24-70 f/2.8, 70-200 f/2.8, 300mm f/4 and 600mm f/4.

Q. What are the most important non-camera equipment you take with you on a shoot?

A. Probably my f-stop Sukha pack or else it would be a struggle carrying everything around the mountains. Also, I always have Advil with me. 

Q. How do you decide how to approach a project? Do you prepare extensively or shoot more reactively when you arrive at a location?

A. I like to go into things fairly blind. I deal with mother nature a lot so I have learned that no matter how much you prepare chances are that things wont go as you expect. 

 

Q. Who or what is your biggest inspiration?

A. Travel.

Q. What was the best piece of advise you have been given as a photographer?

A. f/8 and be there. HaHa! but seriously, I can’t think of just one single piece. It’s been a lifetime of asking questions. Trial and error.

Q. What piece of advice would you give your younger self?

A. Don’t rely on auto focus. It’s much safer and easier to manually focus.

 

Q. Can you share a memorable experience of working with an athlete on location that has stuck in your mind?

A. Almost everyday in Alaska shooting for the ‘Art of Flight’. That trip redefined what was possible on a snowboard…
Or maybe a heli-boarding day in Alaska shooting with Travis Rice and he made us leave the camera packs in the heli to do a few runs of our own. some of the best runs of my life. 

Q. What’s next for you, what projects are you working on in the next few months?

A Right now I’m working on the final few months for the filming of ‘The Fourth Phase’, the follow up film to the ‘Art of Flight’. It will be out October 2016. 

As with all of our Staff Pro’s Scott was incredibly generous with his time…