Last night I went and photographed the team figure skating, was the first event that I covered at the Winter Olympics here in Sochi, Russia. I always find it strange that they have competitions before the opening ceremonies, but they do. Here are some of my favorite photos from last night.
This blog is going to be a little short on text, since I am hurrying to get into a good photo position in the stadium, for the opening ceremonies.
Enjoy the photos!
I always try to get photos with the Olympic rings in the frame if I can.
I love this shot, with the skaters necklace in his mouth. :)
Evgeni Plushenko nailing his performance.
Getting the crowd into it.
Most of these photos were taken at ISO 1600, 1/800, f4 with the Canon1DX and Canon 200-400 lens.
For this shot, I decided to change from 1/1000 sec to 1/100 sec to try and get some motion blur (while still maintaining focus on his face).
And I also used my second camera with a 16/35 lens to shoot a wide shot (for variety sake).
This is intensity.
The Japanese skater did an amazing job to take the lead. And...the job of a photographer is to capture crowd reaction as well as the sport.
After shooting near ice level, I moved to a higher position to shoot down on the action. For all these shots, I used the Canon 1DX and the amazing Canon 200-400 lens.
The death spin...
My goal, when shooting from the high position, was to capture photos of the skaters within the logo in the middle of the ice.
This is one of my favorite shots.
I am off to opening ceremonies now. Even though the show starts at 8:14pm (20:14 in military time to match the year), we have to be in position by 5pm. This means that we have a lot of down time, and it is supposed to be REALLY cold in the stadium. I should have brought warmer clothes, but there is no time to go back to my "hotel". But, I always run warm, especially when I am shooting. Best of all, the opening ceremonies is always a great spectacle to photograph. I am excited. Let's get this going!