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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
See the red thing just below the Norwegian flag. Sit there, and then when you are ready, ski down the hill.
The person above has got the hang of it.
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.
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.
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.
Part 2 coming soon.