THERE ARE TWO KINDS OF PHOTOGRAPHERS. There’s the technical photographer who thinks in terms of rules, settings, and equipment. These photographers try to create a feeling by using the camera to change the scene.
The second is the artistic photographer, who search for moments that contain the feeling they are looking for independently of the camera. They will mess with the camera’s settings in a more haphazard way, hoping to come across something interesting. Great photographers are capable of finding an image with feeling, then will use their technical knowledge to highlight the mood that they want. When the goal is photographing an adventure sport, we rely on our equipment. Without the right gear, we won’t be able to get the shots that we want, no matter how technical or artistic we are. There are no bleachers to sit in out there, to get the shot we have to be a participant.