Alberto GuglielmiCameraNikon D200Lens70–200 mm VR and 1.4 TCFocal length, digital185 mm with the TeleConverter (approx. 270 mm in 35 mm equivalent)ISO320F-stop5.6Shutter speed1/500About the shotI was on assignment for RRD International, shooting their 2007 catalog. We were on the beautiful peninsula of Le Morne, on the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. We had already planned to shoot from the helicopter for the catalog, as the colors of the lagoon are unbelievable there. We decided for a third hour of helicopter flying time, dedicated purely to capturing wave-riding shots between kite and windsurfing. I told the athletes to wait for me on the upwind side of the reef until they saw me, then to come down surfing the most beautiful wave of the island. I discovered at the helicopter briefing that they had changed the pilot, and he did not want to fly lower than 500 feet. I knew it was too high to shoot the riders, but there was no way to convince him otherwise; we almost bailed the heli-day. I decided finally to go with my eye for art, without considering the riders. I positioned the pilot to get me the frames I wanted: the surfers, the reef, and the lines of the waves. I came back with a throbbing headache from an hour of looking through a 400 mm lens from a moving helicopter. I was so happy when I saw the images — the clients and athletes were speechless.BiographyI have been taking pictures since childhood, with the camera next to me and sharing in every adventure and passion of my life. I was a professional windsurfer and snowboarder before graduating with a degree in economics and undertaking a successful career in management consulting in Rome, London, and New York. After seven years in the “serious” business world, and while being a vice-president for a famous branding and design firm in New York City, I decided I was finally ready to leave the tie in the closet and go back to my roots. With many pictures in my portfolio already, transitioning to professional photography was an easy step. I started with a portrait exhibition in New York, and currently I’m a Nikon Pro with more than twelve magazine covers worldwide. I am just simply in love with photography. My specialization is lifestyle and portraits, combined with a great love and passion for extreme sports, which I shoot whenever possible. I live between upstate New York (where I have my own photo studio and spend most of the year) and Italy (my home in the summer months), and I travel the world for assignments. My clients include Lavazza USA, RRD International, Montecristo, RealBeDifferent, and Plastik.