We can all appreciate a good photo when we see one and in the Supconnect Photographers Series, that’s exactly what we do. We connect with exceptional photographers in and out of the stand up paddle world and showcase some of their many fantastic photos. This week, we’re excited to spotlight adventure photographers José and Laura from Descubre Sin Limites.
José and Laura are Spanish photographers and adventurers who love to travel the world with their stand up paddle boards. José is a professional photographer and drone pilot and Laura is a photographer with a bachelor’s degree in biology. They traveled all over to take pictures in exotic places like Easter Island (Chile), Norwegian Fjords, Scotland, Costa Rica and more. We recently caught up with José and Laura to talk about their adventures they captured and discuss their awesome photos. Check out what José and Laura had to say about their experiences below:
José and Laura. | Photos: Descubre Sin Limites
Supconnect: What sparked your interest in photography and how long have you been taking photos?
DSL: In my case Laura, I always had a camera, when I was little I took it from my parents, later when I made my first communion they gave me my first camera , I remember it was pink, I was happy. I photographed the insects in the garden, I developed them and I sent them to magazines… I have always loved photography. But it was when I got to university that I realized that I wanted photography to always be present in my life. Little by little we started to travel and specialize in adventure destinations, nature and taking the images that can currently be seen in Descubre Sin Limites.
What is it like to work as a team? Can you talk a bit about the dynamics there?
Discover Sin Limites is an amazing team !!! Thanks to teamwork, we can get these photos. The drone shots are taken by José, as well as the video montages; Laura takes care of the rest of the shots, editing the photographs and locating the points.
Was photography easy for you or was it something you had to work on?
Getting here has not been easy, it has been a long process, hard work, but precious. When you love what you’re doing and want it, you can achieve it. It is not over, the process continues, even if we dedicate ourselves professionally to it, we must continue to train and learn.
The island of Lanzarote off the west coast of Africa. | Photo: Descubre Sin Limites
What type of gear do you use?
Our team is made up of different cameras, from SLR to Mirrorless, action cameras and a drone. We must also admit that many images and videos are taken with the iPhone.
What do you hope to say with your photographs, and how do you actually get your photographs to do it?
With our images, we want people to fall in love with the world! We want to inspire people to travel, play sports, enjoy and conserve nature … That’s why we try to find amazing and different places that awaken the desire to step out of the comfort zone.
The island of Tenerife off the Spanish coast. | Photo: Descubre Sin Limites
Do you have a lot of post-production work?
After each trip there is a lot of work to be done. Normally every trip has thousands of photos and video shots to view, select and edit … It’s a part of the job that we love too.
Why do you like to photograph stand up paddlers? / What is your favorite part of the SUP shoot?
To put it simply, we love to take pictures in SUP because we love to practice this sport. In addition, water is always a beautiful element to photograph. The world is full of places where practicing and teaching SUP fascinates us.
What made you addicted to SUP?
Peace that transmits … SUP relaxes us, we love the feeling of paddling in a tank at the end of the day, with the sunset, calm water and mirror reflections … It’s really something ‘unique. Thanks to the SUP we discovered wonderful places.
When did you take your first stand-up paddleboarding photos and on what occasion?
The first photos we took while SUPing date back to our beginnings as photographers for Aqua Marina and we became brand ambassadors many years ago. We started in Spain, then international trips started taking us to places like Morocco, Scotland, Jordan, Costa Rica, Chile, Norway …
How is the SUP scene in Spain?
Years ago, when we started practicing SUP and working in this sport, there wasn’t much in Spain. Gradually it has become one of the most popular fashionable sports in our country.
Various paddling locations in Spain. Clockwise: Asturias, Leon, Toledo, Andalusia. | Photos: Descubre Sin Limites
What’s the most dangerous or risky photo you’ve taken?
We really couldn’t speak of danger, but we could speak of particular places, because of what they are, the color of its waters or the climate. For example, one of the places that gave us the most respect was Ojos del Salar in the Atacama Desert. Two holes in the middle of nowhere … with a watercolor which does not allow to see the bottom and which does not give any confidence, that is to say a spectacular and unique place in the world. On the other hand, practicing SUP in the Norwegian fjords at -20 ºC is wonderful, but falling into its icy waters was not an option for us.
What do you think would be the perfect location for photoshoots for stand-up paddlers?
Any place is good to practice SUP, maybe there is a place near us that can give us unique moments. You just have to find the perfect moment and the magic light.
Where have you been your favorite SUP filming location?
Luckily we have been to some amazing places because of stand up paddling and taking photos around the world. We remember with a little affection the turquoise and transparent waters of Easter Island, with the Moaïs guarding Anakena beach … A remote region of the world where we had the chance to practice the SUP.
Easter island. | Photo: Descubre Sin Limites
Which of all your photos is your favorite?
The truth is, it’s hard to pick just one photo … But if we were to stick with just one image, we find the drone shot we did from SUP in a red water river very shocking due to the large amount of iron and minerals present in the water. It is a unique place and an incredible experience.
A sea of red in Spain. | Photos: Descubre Sin Limites
Other than yours, which photos do you admire the most?
Like all image professionals, we have photographers who are a source of inspiration for us, for example Chris Burkard, Paul Zizca, Travis Burke… Their images are truly incredible.
Is photography your main profession or just a hobby?
Photography is our job. We are travel, adventure, outdoor and nature photographers, we love our work!
Where does your passion for travel / adventure come from?
Since we were children, we have always been drawn to adventure, nature, the mountains, etc. When we first met we realized that we couldn’t live without traveling, without doing mountain routes, kayaking, mountain biking, the list goes on. We have struggled a lot to convert our passions into our way of life, and in the end we succeeded, we created Descubre Sin Limites and we can say that we live off all that we are passionate about.
How did you manage travel during the pandemic?
The pandemic has been a difficult time for everyone … When it all started in Europe we were traveling through Norway our intention was not to get home to Spain so soon but we decided to come back to because of what could happen. We arrived the same day the state of alarm was declared in Spain. The first few weeks we had a blast working through all the material we brought back from that trip to Norway, and the rest of the months, when we couldn’t leave home, updating the website, at open an online store of our brand, create backward content … Fortunately, we have always had a lot of work. But we find it hard not to be able to keep traveling, that’s the part we love the most about our job.
This past year we have dedicated her to traveling more in our country, which is wonderful. We did one of those trips that we always had on hold but never did because we went out, for almost two months we traveled the 8 volcanic islands that make up the Canary Islands, a spectacle of nature. We are happy because little by little the world will open its borders and travel will be possible again.
Anything you want to add?
Thank you for this interview and encourage everyone to travel, practice SUP, enjoy nature and live life intensely!
To learn more about José and Laura, check out their website here.
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