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Crystal Mountain Ski Racing





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Behind The Lens

This photo was taken at Crystal Mountain Resort during a racing clinic for kids on the mountain.
This was taken on one of those rare sunny Michigan winter afternoons.
In Michigan winters you can't be choosey about the time of day when the sun is out because it is so rare to see the sun out in the winter.
This was taken with one of the early models of DSLR's Fuji Finepix and a Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8 lens hand held.
I was at Crystal Mountain to get some shots of the resort for advertising purposes when we came across the ski school for racers in session and decided to get up the hill a bit to get some shots of the racers at this gate.
I don't do a lot of special processing on my images. I usually just lighten or brighten as necessary and check the contrast.
In my camera bag
My equipment bag has my Nikon D3x as well as my Nikon D3 for backup. I carry an assortment of lenses. I have a Nikkor 80-200mm f2.8 zoom, a Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 macro, a Nikkor 35-70mm f/2.8 zoom, a Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8 and a Sigma 14mm f/2.8. I also carry different size circular polarizers, a loop for looking at images in the LCD. The loop is especially helpful when shooting outside in bright conditions. I also have two collapsable reflectors as well as a collapsable gray card. Some of my shoots can last up to 12-15 hours so I also carry some sort of energy bars to get me through the day.
We can't always plan for the shots we take so we really need to know our equipment and be able to make decisions on the fly. Identify your best vantage point and quickly decide what you're trying to convey to the viewer.

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