Surf’s up! – Photographer snaps unique images directly above surfers, making them look like abstract artworks

This unique photography series showcases surfers from a completely fresh perspective.

Shot using a drone, Ido Meirovich’s images are taken directly above their subjects, making them look completly flat, like abstract works of art.

Pic by Ido Meirovich / Caters

Pic by Ido Meirovich / Caters

Through this method, Ido, 46, is able to capture intriguing angles of surfers shredding a variety of different waves.

By using a drone, one of the most interesting elements of Ido’s shots is how they feature a trail of collapsing waves behind the surfers.

All of the pictures in Ido’s series were taking off the beaches of Herzliya, Israel.

Capturing them, he said, can be a tricky task, as to achieve a shot directly above a surfer requires precise timing and flight at a suitable altitude.

Pic by Ido Meirovich / Caters

Pic by Ido Meirovich / Caters

Flying too low means a risk of hitting the surfer and not capturing flat look; too high, and the image loses a lot of detail, Ido said.

Ido said: “As an experienced sailor and surfer, I know how to detect the perfect conditions for surfers, and I position the drone at the exact location where the surfer go while riding the wave and take the shot.

“Every time, I must find the precise location through trial and error, wait in position to the right moment, tilt the camera forward to see whether the surfer has started riding the wave and, in a split second, I tilt the camera downwards and take the shot.’

Pic by Ido Meirovich / Caters

Pic by Ido Meirovich / Caters

Going forward, the photographer, from Ramat Hasharon, Israel, hopes to add to the series.

Though the body of work does not have an official title just yet, Ido has named it “Airborne Surfing” for now.

He added: “The morning is the best time for shooting this kind of surfing, as the sun is on my back.

“I’m waiting for winter surfing season now to enrich my portfolio.”

Pic by Ido Meirovich / Caters

Pic by Ido Meirovich / Caters