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Ski Jumping - questions

 
NicuB
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Dec 19, 2011 04:53 |  #1

Hi all,
I would love some advices from the people that shoot this type of event.
First of all, I usually shoot still subjects not 90 kmph/55mph, so how fast should the shutter speed be?
Second question: Where is the best place to be ( if possible )? Construction point ? End of slope? Exiting gate? A little bit to the left/right?
Will f/8 be enough for this when the jumper is in air?
Which focal length ?
Thank you very much in advance,
Nic
It looks like I've put this into the wrong section, can a moderator please move it? Sorry for this.




  
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Dec 19, 2011 09:35 |  #2

NicuB wrote in post #13567034 (external link)
Hi all,
I would love some advices from the people that shoot this type of event.
First of all, I usually shoot still subjects not 90 kmph/55mph, so how fast should the shutter speed be?
Second question: Where is the best place to be ( if possible )? Construction point ? End of slope? Exiting gate? A little bit to the left/right?
Will f/8 be enough for this when the jumper is in air?
Which focal length ?
Thank you very much in advance,
Nic
It looks like I've put this into the wrong section, can a moderator please move it? Sorry for this.

What kind of ski jumping? Like this?

Marinus Kraus, Germany - 2010 Continental Cup, Iron Mountain, MI (looks like the white balance is off?)

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Irregardless, I like to shoot at least 1/1000th or faster to get a sharp image, and f2.8 unless the background is of interest. Set ISO accordingly. Focal length depends on how far away you are from your subject and what you want to all include in the frame. You can get great shots of just about any sport with any focal length if you're in the right spot. Where do you stand? Where is it interesting? ;) Walk around, take a few shots until AHA! THIS IS IT! :D You might just walk into something that you never expected to see and get some awesome 'behind the scenes' shots.

One of the problems for any kind of skiing is the speed ... not for camera setting reasons, but because they go by so quickly you don't have much time to find them in your view, get a focus lock, and then shoot. That's compounded some days by the cold which will slow down the focus speed of your lens. For that reason your keeper rate may be low so shoot a TON.

Have fun and post some when you get back!

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