Holmenkollen World Cup Day 1 / by Conor Cunningham

I'm up at Holmenkollen, Oslo today, March 8th for the mens 50km classic cross country. I have a press pass, a canon, a 70 - 200 and it looks like the weather is on our side.

First up is the mens 50km classic ski race. For those who don't know what that is, it's a 50km race, with long skinny skis whereby the competitors must only move their skis in a stride like motion.

The 'peleton' just after the start.

Martin Sundby of Norway.

Shooting in the Snow

If you're shooting in the snow, remember that you're camera will get confused by all the white and think it is brighter than it actually is. You've got two choices on how to go about fixing this: shoot in manual or use exposure compensation. Today I used exposure compensation as the lighting was changing frequently with the sun diving in and out of the clouds. Overall, I think somewhere between about +1 EV ( 1 stop ) to +1 1/3 EV was about right for the day.

Alexander Legkov of Russia.

The racing was feriously fast and soon three people emerged out front: Daniel Richardsson (SWE), Martin Sundby (NOR) and Alexander Legkov (RUS). From what I could tell they remained out front for the rest of the day.

These three were out front and stayed out front until the finish.

The crowd was in a great mood and the first sunny day in six weeks did nothing but lift the mood even further.

In the end Daniel Richardsson (SWE) one the event with Norway's Martin Sundby coming in second.

Ski Jumping

Next up was the ski jumping. In short, start at the top of large hill, ski down as fast as you can and then jump off the hill and on to another one, just below the one you're hurtling down. The winner is the person (in simplified terms) who can ski on the least amount of the second hill. It is sheer madness.

Holmenkollen Ski Jump

See the red thing just below the Norwegian flag. Sit there, and then when you are ready, ski down the hill.

The jump in action.

The person above has got the hang of it.

It is a steep slope, but this picture doesn't do it justice. See below for a level image.

They travel up to around 100km/h

They accelerate up to around 100km/h then jump off.

On a side note, I like the photo above. I used a 24mm lense and a shutter of 1/80. Whilst taking the picture I tracked the subject. Took me a few attempts, but I got a couple of nice ones in the end.

Believe it or not, you can't actually see the landing spot from up here.

This is how you can fly.

If you are as brave as the men and women who jumped off the ski jump today, you would have been lucky enough to have a view like the one below.

View over Oslo looking south west.

Two other photographers were up on the jump with me. A very friendly Polish photographer who travels around to all the ski cup events and a Norwegian commercial photographer. We took a few minutes to enjoy and photograph the view.

When shooting major events, you almost always stumble across some elaborate costumes, but I must say, the below takes the cake.

Norwegian Trolls and Japanese tourists.

Part 2 coming soon.