New York United States
It was so cold this evening that not many people ventured outdoors. Normally Times Square is full of people day or night and setting up a tripod on the TKTS bleachers would be out of the question but tonight it was possible although there must be a rule against it but there was nobody bothering to chase me off.
Winter Games Sochi Russia
Bobsleigh is a mysterious sport. It is impossible to determine the deciding factors in the narrow margin between winning and losing.
Photo details: Exposure 1/8000 sec at f/5.6 (ISO 2000), Camera Canon EOS 5D Mark III with a EF70-200mm f/4L USM +1.4x lens at 280mm.
Photo by: Iwillbehomesoon. Image license Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-3.0).
Photo details: Exposure 1/60 sec at f/16 (ISO 1250), Camera Canon EOS 5D Mark III with a EF70-200mm f/4L USM +1.4x lens at 280mm.
Photo by: Iwillbehomesoon. Image license Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-3.
Winning Team in the Team Pursuit Event: Sven Kramer, Jan Blokhuijsen and Koen Verweij.
24 Medals for the Netherlands in Sochi. Not bad for a small Country.
Photo details: Exposure 1/45 sec at f/11 (ISO 640), Camera Canon EOS 5D Mark III with a EF70-200mm f/4L USM +1.4x lens at 152mm.
I hope I soon have more time to publish more photos from the Games and report the experience of taking photographs in quite special circumstances
Photo from the ice hockey game Canada-USA. This is the one and winning goal for Canada moving them into the final. As the US and Canada were seen as the best countries in the sport, this was regarded as the final. My son and I took turns with the camera and it was him taking this shot with the puck just over the goal line!
Well we arrived in Sochi and we opened the curtain of our hotel room and this was the view:
It is Tatoosh which is a 303-foot (92 m) private yacht owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen who obvious is also a fan of the Olympic Games…
Moving on to photography.
Well sport photography is not easy and winter sport has it’s special problems.
First, you need to get close, or have one of these professional lenses that are not allowed in the area we were in. At the Games there are all sorts of rules and professional gear is only allowed by EP accredited photographers. I kind of get around this using a Canon L70-200 4.0 Lens with a 1.4 converter, but on a Canon 5D mkiii, which is full frame it gives you a reach of 280mm. Not enough for the skiers up the hill.
Second problem you see here is exposure. The snow fools your metering to think this is bright scene and adjusts the exposure accordingly and here in the unedited photo you see the snow turns grey. Lesson: overexpose at least by one stop. Also the white balance gets upset, especially on auto, but if you shoot raw, you can adjust this later. This issue of white balance is going to be even more of challenge inside the stadium.
Ok, so we haven’t got the reach with a big lens, so get closer to the action. Now you realize how fast these guys come down (this is the super slalom). So many shots are missing the action as the action passes you like lightning. Now you understand why the professionals need a fast camera with a 10 shots per second fire rate. Taken the problem of reach and speed, I wished I had a Canon 7D! with me.
But things got better: Overexposure by +1 exposure compensation or manual exposure, adjust white balance and you get consistent frames that are at least the right colour. Then follow the athlete and get into the rhythm of the speed and you get this:
We were standing next to another photographer and he was interested in my lens combination and I let him use my lens and I put his fish-eye on my body. He was shooting with a cropped sensor which isn’t a problem using the 70-200 but for me it gave a bit of shocking effect. I still like to publish this because it was nice moment and you get a feel from our view and position on the ski-slope.