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.