Friends and Medalists

This was one of those shoots where everything went wrong. I knew I would have only two minutes to capture an image of the U.S. Ski Team’s cross country medalists Caitlin Gregg and Jessie Diggins. I thought I was prepared, with fill flash, tripod, everything to capture a nice portrait. Until the flash conked out.

All of a sudden, an indoor environment shoot went outside. Fortunately the sky was overcast and the light very flat – perfect portraiture conditions. I found a reasonably neutral background and began to shoot, using the onboard flash as fill. Most of the shoot was pretty elementary – individual images with medals then a moment together. Then, that magical frame.

When you capture an image like this, it’s breathtaking. I can’t tell you what I did, what I said or how I managed to capture that precise moment when they looked at each other and smiled. It told the story of two friends who had become medalists together under a most improbable set of circumstances at the 2015 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Falun, Sweden.

Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikkor 18-200 DX (44 mm)
ISO: 320
Shutter: 1/80
Aperture: f 4.5

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