There’s no better view of paradise than from high above. Here, celebrity photographer and World Red Eye owner Seth Browarnik breaks from the red carpet and lets his drone do the talking.
World Red Eye’s Seth Browarnik shot this image at the Mondrian South Beach using a drone hovering several stories above.
“I’ve lived in Miami my entire life; I was born and raised here as a fourth-generation Miami Beach resident. Both my grandfather and great-grandfather helped sculpt this city by building and owning some of its first hotels.
“I started out as a promoter handing out flyers for Liquid and Bar Room; at the same time, I was the first photographer Chris Paciello and Ian Schrager allowed to shoot inside Liquid, Bar Room, and the Delano hotel. I have seen it all. At that time, taking photos behind the velvet rope was forbidden. It was left to the imagination what actually went on inside the club.
“Back in 1998, I was shooting with a Nikon Coolpix 800 digital camera. Now we use a very different type of technology, in the case of this photo, a drone. We have applied for a Section 333 Exemption from the FAA and will be one of the first in the state of Florida to receive it, allowing us to fly them legally!
“I love when I can be creative while I’m shooting; I am always trying my best to stay current and keep up with the changes and growth of technology. For this shot—and all other aerial photos—it takes somebody who really knows what they are doing. Flying and controlling the drone is the easy part, but [the secret to an unforgettable photo is] about having a good eye to capture the moment. This shot was taken as some sunbathers were relaxing at the pool of the Mondrian. It’s classic Miami Beach. Isn’t this what everyone who comes here wants to do?
“I think drone usage really allows photographers to get a different perspective. But it will only take one person not following the laws of flying below 400 feet to ruin it for everybody. Drones can do much more good than [harm] when put in the right hands. But like the saying goes, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em!”
Photography by: photography by seth browarnik