Elegance on Ice



Figure skater performing outside in Dillion, Colorado.

Figure skater performing outside in Dillion, Colorado.
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7 Comments | Report
billebbing
 
billebbing January 22, 2014
great shot.
rlinn3 Platinum
rlinn3 February 23, 2014
Thanks
fredbarber
 
fredbarber March 07, 2014
Perfect timing and lighting! super sharp
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rlinn3 March 08, 2014
Thanks.
abrovarnik
 
abrovarnik May 21, 2014
I like it a lot!
MaryAnne306 PRO+
 
MaryAnne306 June 18, 2014
Great shot! Nice skating, too.
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kathymuhle July 02, 2014
Beautifully done - voted
Arzhtatiana
 
Arzhtatiana March 05, 2015
Nice work!
kimbauersbidwell
 
kimbauersbidwell November 20, 2018
Beautiful!!!!

Behind The Lens

Location
Keystone Ski Area in Dillon, Colorado.
Time
I believe it was around 3 in the afternoon.
Lighting
All natural light. It was overcast and was snowing lightly.
Equipment
A Nikon D100 with a 70-200mm f2.8 lens. I shot in aperture priority with the lens opened all the way to blur the background, as it was a boring concrete wall.
Inspiration
I was hired by the skating club which put on the show to photograph it for their members. This young lady was doing excellent spins and the temp was about 15 degrees, so I liked the color on her cheeks.
Editing
I boosted the contrast and used curves. I also fixed a few holes in her stocking by her skates.
In my camera bag
2-Nikon D90's, an 85mm f1.4 Nikkor lens; 18-75mm f/3.5-5.6 kit Nikkor lens; 70-200 f/2.8 Nikkor lens; 50mm 1.4 Nikkor lens; 2-SB 700 flash units and various batteries, cards, etc.
Feedback
Know your equipment! Knowing I wanted to blur out the background I was able to choose a lens with a wide aperture to achieve my goal. This also allowed me to use a fast shutter speed to freeze the action of her spin. Also keep plenty of batteries when shooting in cold weather, they tend to wear out faster than your used to, also keep them in your pocket. Try different angles, I was sitting on the ice to get a lower angle because I didn't like the way images looked from a standing viewpoint.

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