Winter Sports Photography: Ice Skating

2

Figure skating is a spectacular discipline. And also speed, choreography, and nice figures are beautiful to photograph! Taking advantage of some particulars in the lighting of the ice palace stadium, you can achieve amazing effects on your photographs. Read on to see the results.

Figure skating is a classic winter sport that’s always nice to photograph. Generally, we need to take care about exposure setting, the choice of the camera and film. In this article I will show you some tricks to get spectacular photos!

Credits: sirio174

1. The best camera to use would be an SLR with telephoto lens between 135 and 300mm. I used a 135 and a 200mm manual focus lens. Longer focal lengths are difficult to focus when used at full aperture in manual mode so for a 300 mm lens is better to use an autofocus lens).

Credits: sirio174

2. Use a high ISO film — from 800 to 1600 for color photography and even to 3200 for black and white. The amount of light in an ice stadium is almost always insufficient for medium and low speed films. In this case I used a Fuji Superia 800.

Credits: sirio174

3. After you have measured the exposure, open the diaphragm to 1.5 or 2 stop, or chose a two stop lower time. Don’t shoot without this correction or else the ice will appear like a medium grey tone. Also, don’t overexpose more than 2 stops because in the even of heavy overexposure, the ice will appear like a smooth white surface without tracks of the skate. Athletes will seem to compete on an unreal surface, like glass.

Credits: sirio174

4. Take some shots with some strong backlight, you can obtain great silhouettes!

Credits: sirio174

5. If there is a mix of natural and artificial light, like in this ice stadium in Como, Italy, the dominant color of the ice will vary during the time of the day. Some photos were taken some hours before sunset when the warm winter sunlight compensates for the cold light of the lamps. Others were taken just after sunset or in a dusk or night condition when the cold tones prevail!

Credits: sirio174

6. Use a “heavy” skylight filter (1B) if you prefer warm tones (like me)! The normal (1A) skylight is insufficient to compensate for the cold tones of the artificial light, If you have a set of corrector filters, you can try to obtain different colors of the ice.

Credits: sirio174

7. Use a shutter speed of at least 1/250s up to 1/1000s — the movement of the athletes will be very fast so be prepared. Very often you need to work at maximum aperture (F2,8 in my case) even with high speed film.

Credits: sirio174

8. If you need to use a slower time, use a tripod or a monopod (this is ideal if you are sitting between other people) to reduce blurred photos due to the movement of the camera.

Credits: sirio174

These photos were taken during the juniores Italian championship in Como with my trusty Praktica camera.

written by sirio174 on 2013-11-19 in #gear #tipster

2 Comments

  1. mnella
    mnella ·

    Excellent tips! I'll be trying these out this winter.

  2. asharnanae
    asharnanae ·

    the colours and shapes within the silhouette photos are particularly lovely :)

More Interesting Articles

  • Lomography x The Victoria and Albert Museum Presents a HORST Rumble

    written by hannah_brown on 2014-10-03 in #competitions
    Lomography x The Victoria and Albert Museum Presents a HORST Rumble

    Horst P. Horst was a fashion photographer who became famous for his striking use of composition and lighting. His photographs depict sheer and timeless beauty. The Victoria and Albert Museum is celebrating Horst's work with a retrospective exhibition of photographs from his prolific career. Lomography has teamed up with the V&A to give YOU the chance to win amazing prizes including tickets to see the exhibition, a book of his photographs and a Diana F+ Colette. Read on to find out more.

  • Lomography x Nixon Surf Challenge

    written by lomographyfrance on 2014-05-06 in #competitions
    Lomography x Nixon Surf Challenge

    Here at Lomography, we are passionate about your passions. Whether it’s a photo of your pets, from your travels or celebrations, we absolutely love it when you share your precious moments with us through your astonishing snaps! We have also grown particularly fond of extreme sports and addicted to rushes of adrenaline through the years with adventure-seekers in the community. We are absolutely thrilled to tell you about our amazing new collaboration with Nixon, and offer you the chance to win amazing prizes!

    2
  • Reviews on Rewind: Lomography Color Negative 35mm 800 ISO

    written by chooolss on 2014-11-30 in #reviews
    Reviews on Rewind: Lomography Color Negative 35mm 800 ISO

    If you'd be shooting in low light, at night, or in any other situation that would require a high speed film for best results, why don't you try the Lomography Color Negative 800 for 35mm cameras? Allow five of our community members to convince you with their respective reviews in this installment of Reviews on Rewind.

  • Shop News

    Try the LomoLAB Development Service!

    Try the LomoLAB Development Service!

    Whatever kind of film development you're after, you'll find it here! Now you can confidently shoot from the hip without having to worry where to develop those film rolls!

  • Petzval Artist:Wedding Photographer Johnny Cheng

    written by e_ercolini on 2014-06-30 in #people #lomoamigos
    Petzval Artist:Wedding Photographer Johnny Cheng

    Summer is in full swing and wedding season is moving in. And in keeping up with the season, Wedding Photographer Johnny Cheng invited his girlfriend to a spur-of-the-moment shoot using the his new Petzval Lens. With the Petzval, he managed a confluence of grassy meadows and the lens' swirly bokeh effect, resulting in soft-focused images to fall in love with. Read on to hear what this Georgia-based wedding photographer has to say about his Petzval experience.

  • LomoAmigo Reuben Wu Shoots with the Lomo LC-A+ RL

    written by jillytanrad on 2014-10-18 in #people #lomoamigos
    LomoAmigo Reuben Wu Shoots with the Lomo LC-A+ RL

    Reuben Wu fascinates, both with his splendid photographs and the music he churns out for electronic band Ladytron, or when he's doing a solo gig as a DJ. He's also one heck of a nice guy, who, despite being ultra-talented, has been gracious enough to grant another interview and share more of his amazing photos,which were taken with the Lomo LC-A+ with Russian lens.

    3
  • RYU x RIO: World Cup 2014 on Kodak Aerochrome Film

    written by zonderbar on 2014-08-11 in #news
    RYU x RIO: World Cup 2014 on Kodak Aerochrome Film

    Weeks have passed and yet Germans are still celebrating the victory of their heroic football team. Shortly before the World Cup started, we took notice of an interesting photography project on Kickstarter. Berlin-based sports photographer Ryu Voelkel called for help to create a football photography book like no other. The campaign was successfully funded. Ryu made his way to Brazil and came back with amazing shots including some very special Kodak Aerochrome photographs. Meet Ryu and learn more about him and his special moments at the WC 2014.

    1
  • Shop News

    Belair Camera

    Belair Camera

    Love medium format? This Belair baby will never fail you to satisfy your cravings for taking photographs in 120 format! Choose among the different variants of Belair cameras that will suit your tastes!

  • Petzval Artist: Portraits from Adam Bronkhorst

    written by hannah_brown on 2014-05-05 in #people #lomoamigos
    Petzval Artist: Portraits from Adam Bronkhorst

    Adam Bronkhorst is a Brighton-based photographer who focuses on people and portraiture. He teaches all kinds of photography through different means – using a DSLR, studio lighting and even film cameras. His portfolio of work is so stunning, we decided to crown him as one of our Petzval Artists. We let him test the new Petzval lens to its full potential and the results are just beautiful.

  • Photo of the Day by xsara

    written by Eunice Abique on 2015-03-05 in #world #news
    Photo of the Day by xsara

    Who wouldn't be proud to own such a classic camera?

    3
  • Katinkaja is our LomoHome of the Day!

    written by Eunice Abique on 2015-03-05 in #world #news
    Katinkaja is our LomoHome of the Day!

    From everyone here in Lomography, congratulations to katinkaja for winning Home of the Day!

    4
  • Shop News

    Wear lomo-love on your skin

    Wear lomo-love on your skin

    You’ve shouted your analogue love from the rooftops and worn your heart on your sleeve – Now it’s time to take it to the next level and wear it on your skin! Our new Lomography Tattoos are fun, easy to apply and come in five designs.

  • 'Farewell,' A Poignant LomoKino Short Film

    written by Stanley Xu on 2015-03-05 in #world #lifestyle
    'Farewell,' A Poignant LomoKino Short Film

    Stanley Xu, a film student from Singapore, decided to use his LomoKino to shoot a short film during his holiday trip in Taipei.

    1
  • Color Photographs by Elliot Erwitt on Exhibit in Cologne

    written by Julien Matabuena on 2015-03-05 in #world #news #events
    Color Photographs by Elliot Erwitt on Exhibit in Cologne

    The ongoing exhibit is being held in celebration of the Cologne, Germany-based In Focus Galerie's 25th anniversary.

  • The Blogs are back (we just call them Notes now)

    written by recurving on 2015-03-05 in #world #news
    The Blogs are back (we just call them Notes now)

    This short note is about the return of the notes (née blogs) on Lomography.

    6