An exciting shoot over the Easter weekend at Lee Valley White water centre with the Olympic course providing the venue for the ICF slalom GB selections. Shooting access courtesy of Sean Clarke and Feike Reijntjes of British Rafting (http://www.britishrafting.com) and Lee Valley WWC, thank you so much. Great courses for the slalom competitors and a significant challenge for those shooting to get nice simple clear compositions without too much of the structure of the course and at LVWWC there’s plenty. My 300mm stayed fixed to the camera pretty much all weekend with the occasional converter added when required. Mixed weather (a slight overcast definitely helps when water is involved) all made for a rewarding shoot. More photos to see on my Flckr site link here https://bit.ly/2Gxz34I. All these photos are provided for amateur clubs and amateur competitors to reuse to promote their sport, always with a photographers credit please. For any specialist requirements please do contact me directly. (A few technical notes at the foot of this blog)
A few technical notes:
My approach invariably involves shooting with a long lens to isolate the action either with a narrow depth of field or by removing the structure or course architecture, often both. This is a personal view and I have seen excellent shots showing the whole course. I use a 300m lens or 70-200mm zoom and shoot between 1/1000 and 2/500th depending on light, always with auto ISO. I find a speed of 1/600th freezes the water perfectly for my needs – great for close-ups.
With the light, contrast and reflections I find this is a sport that benefits from a little more lightroom editing than others, for me mostly a gentle push to improve colours and shadow details.
As mentioned at the beginning of this blog there is no substitute for a little research, arriving early and learning the course. Look for uphill gates where turns can often add drama and the speed of action slows a little.