Pano K Photography March 12 2014, 1 Comment

Shot with: Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM @ 200mm

Photographer: Pano K  (Website / Facebook

Aperture: I shot it at f/2.8 because I really wanted the background to be out of focus so the bike would stand out. 

Shutter Speed: The snow made everything super bright and the large aperture required shooting at 1/800s. 

Why did you choose this lens?: I knew I was going to be shooting a sporting event outdoors (didn't find out about the snow until later!).  So I brought the 70-200mm with me because I needed the zoom. It's not as long as some other lenses, but it has that critical 2.8 maximum aperture, which makes amazing bokeh. 

Tell us about the getting the shot:I ended up shooting mostly at the longest end (200mm) because the bikers were far away from me.  But I also realized there was a corner where they all had to pass by to get to the finish line.  So I camped out across from there and snapped each rider as they came through. Given the heavy snow, my main goal was to make sure the riders were in focus, and not the snow flakes which can sometimes trick the autofocus. Luckily, this shot was in focus!