Shooting Ski Cross can be fun and exhilarating…there is always a ton of faced paced action, airs and competitor jams. Sometimes the conditions or venue rules can make it more difficult to get the perfect shot. I remember at the Vancouver Olympics the photographers had to all shoot from one area at the bottom and we were aways competing for the best spot to shoot from. We had to use really long lenses to get close to the action.
For the men there was great conditions – warm sunlight on the skiers and shadowed cool backgrounds. These elements created some wonderful colour contrast to the images and really gave the subject impact. When the sun is shining its also much easier to freeze the action with fast shutter speeds and reasonably low ISO settings. The women were a different story, it was foggy and snowing really hard out. I remember very wet snow and having to constantly be cleaning off my lens and camera. Many photographers just gave up trying to shoot because of all of the condensation. A life saver in these conditions is a garbage bag or protective lens/camera gear to keep out the wetness and lots of dry lens cleaning cloths.