Photographer Terry Reis captures breathtaking photos of HawaiiUPDATED 5:51 AM HST May 21, 2014Video Transcript
beautiful... And often at its most powerful.. Terry Reis keeps KITV4 well stocked with pictures and video we use on TV and in our u- local section online ... KITV4's Paul Drewes shows us the man behind the lens... 49 nat of camera clicking Terry reis first started taking pictures with the Navy nearly four decades ago...when he got out of the service twenty years later, he combined that experience with another passion of his .. 4:31 "surfing was the love of my life" 5:05 "I started to get into surf photography, I read about it and I learned how to shoot it." Reis says he does a lot of homework before the camera even comes out. 5:26 "being a surfer, knowing where the surf is breaking, best time and where to get the shots thats the key" After starting with waves, Terry now captures spectacular sunsets, interesting astronomical events or wild weather that catches his eye. 6:38-6:55 "when I see that shot, and I go that's classic, and I want to convey it to someone else. I can't convey it in words i'm not a good writer, so I convey it by what I visualize what I see" From the spectacular scenery of the islands to incredible action in the water...which shots stand out for him? 7:29-7:34 "some of the sunsets are very moving, just watching the sunsets. They're never the same" Another thing that is always changing -- is the field of photography. New equipment and advances in technology has Terry constantly trying new things. 24:00 "i'm always looking for that niche that will take me to another level" use aeriel footage starting here Two years ago, that other level ended up being a lot higher... Using a remote controlled quad-copter with cameras mounted around it, he can get shots and angles many people haven't seen before. 15:11 "the whole idea is to get you a different aerial view cause everybody's doing the same thing so I gotta be different, you gotta reinvent your work" Along with opening up a new frontier for photographers, aerial drones are also creating a camera controversy. Some operators are more agressive, and may put more importance on those snapshots than safety. 16:55 "i'm upset that people are just guying it and not understanding the liability factor" 17:59 "you have a carbon-prop that will take a finger right off, so i'm scared when people come to me when I am flying" He is the man behind the camera, and behind a gallery of beautiful pictures who gets the greatest satisfaction when someone sees the artistry of his work -- even if they have no idea of the efforts that go in to getting that perfect shot. 6:32 "its gratifying when somebody tells you they love the picture, it moves them" Terry is already shooting on land and in the air, so it may not be a big surprise that he is now looking into shooting underwater photography as well. That would mean even more high tech gear and additional expenses, but he says he does have a regular full-time computer job that pays the bills -- while he pursues his passion.