24
Aug
10

Water ski jump

Water Ski Jump

As I mentioned, yesterday, I really enjoyed my time taking photos at the European Water Ski Championships.  The best photos I took wher in the “Tricks” competition.  In the afternoon, we were entertained by the Women’s Ski Jump.  I found this a real challenge to photograph.

I had only taken one lens with me to the event, a 600mm focal length lens, which meant the only decent shot I could take was with the jumpers coming straight at me, with me a fair way down from the jump.  OK so it should be a good shot with the jumper coming through the air straight at me.  I even managed to frame it so that part of a funfare ride would frame the jumper from behind.

Unfortunately it wasn’t as straight forward as that; firstly the ramp blocked the view of the jumper before she took off, so the autofocus would have difficulty tracking the moving object, secondly, these jumpers go like at a bat out of hell, they need that speed to get the distance on their jump, and finally, they don’t hit the ramp in a straight line, they veer off to one side of the water, and then sweep back in to give themselves some acceleration into the jump.

All of these made it difficult to photograph.  Lesson learned was to take a shorter lens and photograph the waterskiers taking off from the ramp from the side.  Mind you, I was pleased with the couple of photos I took that came out.  Yes, I probably would photograph this sport again.

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