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Category Archives: Skating
Plan Ice Gala 2012 – Because I am a girl (Plan Jäägaala 2012 – Koska olen tyttö) was arranged on last Thursday. The target of the Because I am a girl campaign is to promote the rights of all children and especially support the girls’ education in developing countries. The best Finnish skaters and many top musicians performed in the gala. The gala was arranged by Plan Finland and Finnish Figure Skating Association.
The skaters were: Kiira Korpi, Laura Lepistö, Juulia Turkkila, Alisa Mikonsaari, Cecilia Törn, Viktor Zubik, Julian Lagus, Ari-Pekka Nurmenkari, Matthias Versluis, Valtter Virtanen, Olesia Karmi & Max Lindholm and Henna indholm & Ossi Kanervo. Also following synchronized skating teams performed in the gala: Marigold IceUnity, Rockettes, Team Unique and Team Mystique.
I photographed only the skaters, and you can see the best photos in Plan Ice Gala 2012 gallery.
Like I wrote on last Sunday, I photographed the free program in ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships 2011 on last Saturday. Here are now two galleries.
I have photographed synchronized skating earlier, but previous time was three years ago. So, at the beginning I was feeling little rusty… I was also photographing from the first row. I liked the low perspective from the first row, but there were also challenges: It was quite difficult to compose and focus on skaters when they were passing me with the high speed at the distance of few meters. It would have been also easier to get white ice as background from the higher location. If I would have photographed the also short program on Friday, I would have used different, i.e. higher location, at that time.
The atmosphere in the arena was terrific, the (mostly Finnish) audience was supporting all teams! And when the Finnish teams where performing, the supporting and cheering was incredible
I visited yesterday ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships 2011, and photographed the free program. Finnish teams won double victory
Congratulations to Rockettes and Marigold IceUnity!
I will post later a gallery, but here are some of my favourites (click to see a larger image).
Here are my favorites (16 photos) from Finlandia Trophy 2010 Ladies – Free Skating competition from today. Akiko Suzuki won the Finlandia Trophy’s ladies competition, Kiira Korpi was second and Elena Leonova was third.
From the camera setting points of view, skating is quite simple to photograph: use fast lens and full aperture (in these photos F2.8 or F2) and fast shutter speed to stop the movement (1/500 – 1/800 seconds). But the act of skating photography is not simple: Ice skaters move fast, they are typically too close or too far away (for your lens), eyes are closed, hand is in front of face,… And even the AF has misses the focus occasionally. So the success rate is quite low, and you need to prepared to shoot a lot.
Plan arranged a charity ice gala, Plan Jäägaala – Because I am a Girl, on 11.3.2010. This event collected money to educate, provide health services and improve security of girls in developing countries.
Kiira Korpi, Laura Lepistö, Susanna Pöykiö, Jenni Vähämaa, Henna Lindholm & Ossi Kanervo, Ari-Pekka Nurmenkari, Valtter Virtanen and Mikko Minkkinen performed in the gala. Also synchronized skating teams Marigold IceUnity, Rockettes and Team Unique had their own performances.
Photographing skating show is quite different compared to the photographing of skating competition. During the skating competition the whole hall is illuminated, but in the skating show the skaters are illuminated typically only with spot lights. This has several benefits: you can photograph interesting shadows, background is clean (=very dark, advertisements do not disturb), and you can photograph the flying ice The only drawback is that there can be less light than in the competition. The individual skaters in these galleries where typically photographed with ISO 1600 and F2.8. But when the teams were on ice, the spot beams were wider, and there was less light, so typically ISO 3200 and F2 was used…