Glenn Nagel Photography | Figure Skating

Figure Skating

January 17, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Last Sunday, I photographed figure skating for the first time. Actually, it was the first time that I ever attended a figure skating event. The event was the Winter Blizzard Figure Skating Competition in Skokie, Illinois.

I enjoyed the experience. Figure skating is an ideal sport for photography. The costumes (dresses) are colorful. The young skaters are photogenic. And, there's action!

Figure skating can be a challenging subject to photograph. It's an indoor sport--which usually means dim lighting. Low light and fast action is a difficult combination.

I didn't want to deal with the meter potentially altering exposures as I moved the camera. So, I set the exposure manually. I went with a shutter speed of 1/800th, an aperture of f/2.0 and and ISO setting of 2,500. That exposure combination gave me a fast enough shutter speed to stop most of the movement, a shallow aperture to blur the backgrounds and a low enough ISO setting to minimize noise. Fortunately, I own the Nikon 200 f/2 lens as it's ideal for indoor sports. The f/2 aperture of this lens gathers twice as much light as a f/2.8 lens! In other words, had I selected a 2.8 lens, I would have had to boost my ISO to 5,000 to keep my shutter speed (1/800th) the same.

Here are a few images from the event:

Figure skatingFigure skatingWinter Blizzard Figure Skating Competition at the Skatium Ice Arena at 9300 Weber Park Place in Skokie, Illinois on January 14, 2018 Figure skatingFigure skatingWinter Blizzard Figure Skating Competition at the Skatium Ice Arena at 9300 Weber Park Place in Skokie, Illinois on January 14, 2018 Figure skatingFigure skatingWinter Blizzard Figure Skating Competition at the Skatium Ice Arena at 9300 Weber Park Place in Skokie, Illinois on January 14, 2018 Figure skatingFigure skatingWinter Blizzard Figure Skating Competition at the Skatium Ice Arena at 9300 Weber Park Place in Skokie, Illinois on January 14, 2018 Figure skatingFigure skatingWinter Blizzard Figure Skating Competition at the Skatium Ice Arena at 9300 Weber Park Place in Skokie, Illinois on January 14, 2018 Figure skatingFigure skatingWinter Blizzard Figure Skating Competition at the Skatium Ice Arena at 9300 Weber Park Place in Skokie, Illinois on January 14, 2018 I enjoyed the experience so much that I plan to shoot another figure skating competition in May.


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