Fire and Ice

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Whistler is one of my favorite (if not my absolute favorite) destinations.  We try to go skiing there just about every winter and we even got married there.  Each day just after dusk, they have a stunt show put on by the ski patrol at the base of the mountain.  The grand finale is a bunch of jumps through a burning hoop.

This was a tough shot due to extremely low light and fast action.  I was able to get close enough to freeze the action with the Speedlite on the camera.

Vital Stats: Canon 40D w/Canon 50mm f/1.8II lens  ISO 1600, f/8.0, 1/160 sec

4 Responses to “Fire and Ice”

  1. paapDOTnet December 31, 2008 at 7:35 am #

    I presume manual focus ahead of time on the 50mm since there’s no USM. Someday I’ll be forced to shoot a shot with a flash (of course I have to buy one first). This shot should be even more amazing next year on the 5D Mark II and the clarity at the high ISOs…

  2. Mark December 31, 2008 at 12:28 pm #

    Yes, I think I prefocused on the ring, then shut off autofocus. As you know, the 50 1.8 II isn’t the fastest focuser in the world.

    I’m interested to see how the 5D Mark II does for stuff like that too – the high ISO should make a big difference. Unfortuately, other than the 50, I don’t have anything full-framed with an aperture greater than f/4. IS doesn’t help freeze action, either. So, I’ll crank ‘er up to 3200 and give ‘er heck.

  3. paapDOTnetnet January 2, 2009 at 9:25 am #

    Maybe you need to borrow the EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM for a day or two and see how you like it. Might be something you want to put on your birthday list…

  4. Mark January 2, 2009 at 12:53 pm #

    I appreciate the offer.. but EF-S lenses won’t work so well on my 5D.. 🙁 Thanks anyway!

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