Who says you have to do things in sequence? A few days late, here are images from the 500m (women, men), 1500m (women), 5000m (men) races from Saturday in Salt Lake City.
This morning I first visited a photo store and obtained a sturdy monopod. This made a huge difference. With the monopod to support the camera and the lens, the equipment is much more steady and makes it much easier to line up a shot. Together this allowed me to shoot at 1600 ISO instead of 3200 ISO yesterday which helps bringing down the noise in the images.
For the 500m races I found a spot just behind the starting line. The starter felt I was too close, that me or the camera’s shutter may distract the skaters and asked me to move back a bit. No problem, especially the start during the sprint distances is a nervous undertaking, so I moved into the stand behind the start instead. The elevation this gave me worked out just fine and thus everybody was happy.
The women’s 500m race was won by Beixing Wang beating Jenny Wolf in a direct race. Jenny had a terrible last turn almost veering way out. Jeremy Wotherspoon had a great start and then on the straight stood up coasting for the remaining 200 meters. It never became clear why.
During the 5000 meters race it was fun to watch Stephanie Beckert leaning over the siding cheering, screaming and shouting her brother Patrick onward towards a PR and German record. Immediately after his finish she had her cell phone in her hands texting the result to friends and family.
The pictures are in the gallery.