As you might know, it is called Four Hills Tournament (Vierschanzentournee)… but to me it became only two. Finland has been doing a record low – yesterday three out of four jumpers left for Finland because of their poor performance. Kind of discouraging… and not much to do as a photographer for the rest of the tour.
The image above basically tells the story (click to enlarge).
The dashed line is the 118m mark you had to cross in order to make it to the competition in Garmish-Partenkirchen. Lauri Asiakainen of Finland is the only one doing it, the three others fall behind the line not making it in the actual competition. I had good luck that Gregor Schlierenzauer (longest jump in the qualifying, second in the competition) actually fits into the frame I set.
It is shot simply by clamping a camera to the railing and remote triggering it; manual focus and setting the crop wide enough according my estimation of how the jumpers might perform. In retrospect, for clarity’s sake I should have done the 118m line in editing with some other color than red.
Tells the story rather nicely?
As to me, I’ll be heading to Italy to cover the last five days of Tour de Ski. Nice to see also Val di Fiemme as I’ll be spending two weeks there next month covering the Skiing World Championships.
Below are two more shots from yesterdays competition. First image is of Gregor Schlierezauer , the second of Lauri Asikainen.