I’m ready to go home – I guess we all are. Three more days. I’m wet, I’m tired… Presently shooting women’s slalom in real low visibility, due to heavy snowfall. Even if you expose correctly, set the whitepoint and then push the black all the way to the 100 in ARC, you still use about one third of the dynamic range only. So not great, far from it.
Takes quite a lot of Photoshop skills to get them even remotely resemble anything usually referred to as an “ok” sports image…
I am happy I got my “olympic hat” one of the first days I was here. It looks real ridiculous with goggles on but it just totally works. And sold out in the local sports stores. And I have to add looking at that picture: I have not put on any weight, it is just that I store all the equipment under my jacket.
Finland has been doing real bad in these games. The worst ever, I think. Yesterday we got something though, as women got a bronze in icehockey and in 4x5km relay as well. I was shooting the latter (images in the gallery). Decided to shoot the whole thing in panning – but I have a hunch they did not appreciate that in the Helsinki end.
But one has to try out something, otherwise I just shoot the same boring images day after day.
I decided to do a panoramic piece on the prize giving ceremony in the evening. I was a bit nervous, as I had not been there before, I had no idea how the light would be, what I would be allowed to do etc. But it worked out alright in the end. Click here or on the image to see it. I also included it into the series of panos I have been doing from here earlier. Took me a while to build up (like maybe three hours) but I think it was worth the effort.
And then I almost flipped: the server where all the multimedia I have created for all the ALMAMEDIA papers from these games went down. Called their support – and no answer. Just what you need after 18 hours of working. So I thought there was some total catastrophy in Helsinki and they were too busy to even answer the phone… But, turned out that it was just some unexplained hiccup – eventually the support answered and it actually never went down, I just couldn’t see the server from here. But my heart did couple of extra laps around my neck…
Talking of ALMAMEDIA, I was so happy to notice that some of their small – should I say tiny – local papers (Satakunnankansa and Lapinkansa) were using the multimedias I had created just as I had thought they should be used. But due to their very limited resources, it is a shame that they cannot keep up with the updating.
I mentioned sometime earlier that I always get curious when I notice some unusual traffic into my site. Two days ago I noticed that an article Tom Gralish had posted was generating high traffic – from Philadelphia. Philly?
Turned out that he had listed some 18 blogs worth following from the Olympics. Agencies and staffers – nine freelancers – only one european. Yes, you guessed right.
Ok, big deal, what is he fussing about? But IT IS A BIG DEAL and means a world to me: Tom Gralish is Pulizer-winning photojournalist, excellent photographer and very highly respected. To be listed on the same page with Getty, AP and lots of the big names – including my all time favorite Donald Miralle. First time ever I make it to the same page with him – and probably also the last and only time ever… ;-)
But: the second round of women’s slalom is about to start and Tanja Poutiainen is 6th presently. So back down to the earth and out into the rain. Three more days, three more days…