Monday, March 27, 2017

Giant Slalom Ski Race

This photograph of a skier on the giant slalom race course shows very aggressive body angle that makes for an exciting composition.  A viewer can instantly see that the skier is going very fast and the diagonal line formed by the athlete's legs makes for a dynamic composition.
It is not very common that a course is set to allow such a position for the photographer.  The gate was set on a small flat spot and the hill dropped off sharply in front.  By positioning the camera on the slope we were able to be very low in relation to the skier and looking almost directly head-on.  The race took place in the late afternoon on a cloudy day so the light was awful.  However, dark goggles were not necessary so the skier's eyes are visible in the photo.  A nice bonus to see the facial expression.
400mm lens, 1/1600 second at f/3.5, ISO 400.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Giant Slalom Skier at a Gate

This photograph is from the recent alpine ski racing season and shows a skier at a gate during a giant slalom race.  I took photos of many skiers at this gate but only a few showed the action and intensity of this one, which is why it is a favorite.  The aggressive body angle indicates the high speed of the skier and also makes the composition more dynamic with the diagonal line formed by his body.
400mm lens, 1/1600 second at f/4, ISO 200.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Antique Boats and Wedding

These three antique, wooden speedboats were central in a recent nautical wedding.  The bride and groom are in a Chris-Craft, the groomsmen are in a Hacker-Craft and the bridesmaids are in a Gar Wood.  The photograph was taken in the South Channel of the St. Clair River in Michigan.  The current and breeze made it difficult to position the three boats as they were constantly shifting.  I was positioned on a fourth boat that was also moving.  It was challenging to coordinate with four drivers but we were able to get an assortment of pleasing images of the happy couple.  This one is a favorite because of the composition that prominently features the bride and groom with support by the others in the background.
24-70 lens at 50mm, 1/500 second at f/8, ISO 200.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Wild Tom Turkey

This is a nice picture of a wild tom turkey in the woods.  It was taken in the mid-morning and the sunlight was filtering through the overhead canopy with a lot of hot spots.  Fortunately, this bird chose to stand for a few moments in a spot that was evenly lit and he was broadside to the camera so we can see his beard.  Some dead twigs cause a mild distraction but luckily they are back by his tail.
400mm lens, 1/250 second at f/2.8, ISO 6400.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Fawn Whitetail Deer in Forest

This whitetail deer fawn paused just long enough to give us this nice picture.  The fawn was alert to  some noise or movement so his ears were in the perfect position.  The light was not bright due to the overhead canopy.  But it was nicely diffused without the harsh sunbeams that we often encounter.
400mm lens, f/2.8 at 1/320 second at ISO 3200.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Wild Turkey

This is the first wild tom turkey we've been able to photograph and we were fortunate to be quite close.  The mating season was over so he wasn't with any hens and he wasn't strutting or fanning his tail feathers.  Nonetheless, he stood for a nice portrait and we can see the beard on his chest.  This photo was shot about mid-morning but the thick overhead canopy limited the light that reached the forest floor.
400mm lens, 1/400 second at f/2.8, ISO 5000.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Fawn Whitetail Deer and Doe

This photograph shows a playful fawn whitetail deer getting rambunctious with its mother.  I was positioned across a creek and the two deer stayed in front of me for about 5 minutes.  The doe was trying to eat and the fawn was continuously scampering about and sometimes leaping onto the doe's back.  It was a lot of fun to watch.  This happened about a half hour after sunrise but the deer were under a thick canopy of trees.  There wasn't much light there so it was a good test for the new Canon 1DX MkII camera and a very high ISO setting.  400mm lens, 1/400 second at f/2.8, ISO 16000.
There certainly was noise in the image but that was reduced quite a bit during the raw processing.  I wouldn't make a large print, though, unless the viewing distance was expected to be fairly long.  Anyway, it was great to capture such a fun image.