Turn and turn again

I’ve just back from a week’s skiing with a new clutch of images that I am slowly working through. However, this panel of four was taken in a previous year.

Skiing is a very dynamic sport – athletic, fast-paced, aggressive in the way a slope is attacked, but also graceful. Watching a skier execute turns with the sun behind him demonstrates something of the skill that we have to learn to be competent skiers. Each turn kicks up snow that hangs in the air, backlit by the sun.

The series of four images above spans two seconds during which the skier changes direction twice. Using continuous focus, capture was not too difficult. Processing was harder. You would think that four images taken in a narrow arc so rapidly would all have exactly the same exposure and could easily be batch processed. Not so: there were subtle differences that needed correcting and I’m still not entirely happy with the results. But they do show the athletic, just-in-control, attacking style of this skier.

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Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'.
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10 Responses to Turn and turn again

  1. Vicki says:

    If I may be allowed to say….the first shot has the best background of snow flying (like a wave almost), the second shot has the best action turn. the third shot has the best exposure and focus, and the fourth has the best sliding turn, but could do with a wee bit more light (exposure) on the skier’s body 🙂

    (I’m looking at this post late at night, not during natural daylight).

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  2. Sue says:

    Great captures!

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  3. Heide says:

    Wonderful series, Andy — you’ve really captured both the sense of movement and the skier’s grace. Nice job on the backlighting, too! It adds an extra-ethereal element to your images.

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  4. bluebrightly says:

    They’re really nice, Andy, and that’s got to be very difficult, photographing a skier coming towards you. But I know you had fun!

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