Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Snow Ski Racer in a Blizzard

This photo of a snow skier at a gate during a slalom race is unusual.  The wind was blowing steadily at about 35mph with occasional gusts to 50mph.  This shot was taken during one of those wicked gusts.  The wind was knocking the camera off target and knocking me almost off my feet.  The skier likely had it worse as she couldn't see very far down the course.  Another challenge was the constantly changing light levels that forced me to continually change the exposure settings.  This race was during the state finals and had it not been such an important race it likely would have been rescheduled.
400mm lens, 1/2000 second at f/3.5, ISO 320.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Giant Slalom Race-Impending Crash

Look carefully at the snow skier as she approaches a gate during a giant slalom race.  The ski on her left leg is in mid-air.  There likely was considerable pressure on the binding as she entered the turn and it broke loose from the boot.  The next few frames captured the rest of the fall but this photo shows the actual cause of the crash.  The fall itself wasn't very exciting but this one photograph shows the impending doom and is the most exciting one of the series.
400mm lens, 1/2500 second at f/3.5, ISO 100.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Head to Head Snow Ski Racing

Here is another photograph from a duals ski race with two skiers racing head to head.  It is tricky to get both skiers in the same frame.  In the two frames previous to this one I was only getting the more distant skier (she was slightly ahead) but as they passed my position I was able to get two more frames that included both of them.  This image is pretty good representation of exciting head to head racing.  Usually I shoot the alpine ski races with a fixed 400mm lens because I am getting only a few gates with a single skier.  For this duals race, though, I used a zoom lens because it allowed me the flexibility to zoom in on one skier or go wider to get both athletes in the frame.  In the shot above I had backed out the zoom all the way as they flew past me.
100-400 lens at 100mm, 1/2000 second at f/5.0, ISO 250.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Airborne Giant Slalom Skier

We photograph many downhill snow ski races during the winter season and this is one of our favorite images.  This skier is racing on the giant slalom course and as he rounded the gate he became slightly airborne.  The dark trees in the background allow us to clearly see that the skis are off the snow.  Also, the angle of the skier's body and legs gives us a nice diagonal line that helps make the image dynamic.
400mm lens, 1/2500 second at f/3.5, ISO 200.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Head to Head Ski Race

This photograph shows two alpine snow skiers competing in a head to head giant slalom race.  The racers start simultaneously on side by side courses for crowd-pleasing action.  The skiers in this image are very close in speed and very close together on the course.  It makes for a dramatic photo to depict this kind of duals race.  As close as they are, though, only the nearest racer is in focus.  We were photographing from quite close to the course so there wasn't enough depth of field in the lens to allow both of them to be sharp.
100-400 lens at 135mm, 1/3200 second at f/5.0, ISO 200.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Wood Boats Film

We've produced a short film about antique, wooden speedboats.  This was created from multiple photo shoots that were conducted during the recent summer boating season.  The film includes still photographs, video, GoPro pov camera footage and video from a drone quadcopter.  The two featured boats include a 1936 28' Gar Wood runabout and a 1930 30' Hackercraft runabout.


Monday, November 23, 2015

Racing Wooden Boats

These two wooden boats were photographed while running side by side and very close to each other on the St. Clair Flats in Michigan.  The boat on the right is a 1936 Gar Wood runabout and the other is a 1930 Hackercraft runabout.  The drivers of the wooden boats maintained a constant speed and course while the chase boat driver moved around them to offer different angles.  This procedure works very well provided there is no other boat traffic.  We like this quartering angle because it gives us a sense of just how close the boats are to each other while also letting us see some of the sides with the nice, varnished mahogany.  100-400 lens at 260mm, 1/1600 second at f/5.6, ISO 400.