Just a brief post to show that I actually do work for a living… Covering the “Vierschanzentournee” – or as it is called in English, the Four Hills Tournament. I did the Oberstdorf already two days ago and just finished the Garmish-Partenkirchen competition.
Nothing spectacular so far, but couple of decent shots (or as my friend Hopper would comment: “well, I’d call them half decent…”). Tom Hilde’s fall yesterday was pretty scary, I actually did not follow him with the lens, but saw from the corned or my eye that he fell and luckily I had 400 2.8L in my hands. Goes to show how fast the new model of that lens is… I always considered the 400mm the best lens I have ever used, and yet this new model blows me totally away. And yes, it’s so much lighter that you can shoot it hand held.
Today I shot with 800mm 5.6L – and frankly, it is a bit of an exaggeration for this. And damn hard, if I may add: if you lose your target, ,that’s it, it’s over…. No way you manage to find a jumper in mid-air again in time. But I’ve seen one photographer using it in Insbruck in previous years so I thought I bring mine along this time as well. Yes, I do this professionally, so one has to practice, practice, practice….
I also used the 8-15/4L for the first time and I have to say you get some pretty funky images with it. One trouble is that as it is such an extreme wide-angle, you can not put a protective filter on to it. So you have to watch out for instance for ski-tips as they might scratch your precious little toy…. But a real nice piece of glass, I’m telling you.
My journalist Santtu Silvennoinen asked me yesterday if it would be possible to get all the Finnish jumpers and the Austrian jumpers into a same image, to show the difference of level there is at the moment. I thought for a while, tested couple of options (such as 400 head-on and wide angle on the side), but ended up using a 70-200mm 2.8L clamped on the side and remotely fired. Not as brilliant as I would have liked it to be, but quite illustrative from a journalistic perspective.
I also made a small gallery of my images if you are interested. I will be updating it from Insbruck as well as from Bischofshofen in the days to come.
And yes, I notice that my brain is kind of slow today… as the copyright stamp is set on 2012 – although two of the images were shot in 2011…