I am writing this on the bus to the Olympic Park now, as I head to shoot more short track speed skating. I was at this venue a couple of days ago and wanted to share some of the photos with you all.
Because I only had 45 minutes to shoot photos of this sport, before heading off to a USA hockey game, I chose to shoot from a high position. This way, I could show up and leave whenever I wanted. If I was at ice level, you have to been in position well before the event starts and can not leave until after it is over. Since I am contractually obligated to shoot the US hockey games, I never want to risk being late for those games. I always arrive at the rink at least 90 minutes prior to the puck drop.
As usual, I started by taking the safe shots with fast shutter speeds (1/1600 sec) and fairly wide views.
As I got more comfortable with the action, I would zoom in a little more.
Whenever I teach photography to beginners, I always remind them to be aware of the backgrounds. Well...at the Olympics, there are usually some really nice backgrounds with the Olympic rings. So I framed this shot to take advantage of my background.
And then, once I had my safe shots, I changed the ISO back to 100 and the shutter speed to 1/20 sec and panned along with the skaters to get motion blur.
I saw this shadow, and really liked the way it looks. I shot this exposing for the shadow and not the skater.
I did play around with this a little and came up with this. Once I get home to my big screen, this may warrant some more playing around.
Notice how the slow shutter speed shows the motion in the feet and hands of the athletes.
I like this shot, because everyone is in motion except for the one women who obviously got a late start.
My goal in shooting the rest of the athletes was to get motion in all of them, except for one.
I shot all of these photos at 1/25 sec and panned along with the one skater I was trying to highlight.
Notice how the distance from the focal point affects the motion in the skaters.
I will do my best to blog the floor level images soon, so you can see the difference.