Sometimes you need big lenses to get close enough to the action. Shooting Olympic Halfpipe was one of those times for me… I was way up in the stands and used my AF-S Nikkor 200-400mm lens and sometimes an added teleconverter to capture these images. It was fairly dark, even under the lights, so I had to shoot at f/4.0 at 1/1600sec – ISO 4000 to freeze the action with my Nikon D3s. I was really impressed how little grain I had at 4000 ISO.
Halfpipe is an exciting sport to shoot and I loved to use the lines on the pipe to create some illustrative looking imagery. After Shaun White won the Gold Medal with his amazing runs I had to really hustle to get a decent vantage point to shoot him from while dealing with fans either trying to get close as well or leave the stadium. There was a cool moment where he was talking to press and I couldn’t get down there to him and I shouted out his name and he looked up and gave me a great reaction/celebration shot. There is nothing like getting the athlete to look into the camera and recording that connection!!! If you don’t ask, you don’t get…what a great moment!