Short track speed skater Krysia modeling 2XU sportswear

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Sport today almost cannot exist without sponsorship. The athletes, who are serious about their achievements need support of sponsors. In return the sponsors expect the athletes to represent their brand as well as it is possible hoping for a return in their investment in the sport.

Here Krysia is modeling a sportswear of 2XU. This is a natural light shot, taken in the ice rink and then post processed to remove the background. The actual photo is in colour to reflect the range of the sportswear company but for this blog I’ve opted to present it in high key (almost monochrome) rendering.

There is such thing as perfection

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I’ve been photographing speed skaters Andrew McNee of Short Track Australia and Krysia Child for a while now and although the photos were OK, none of them were what I was really pleased with. Finally, last night I managed to nail the shot I’m satisfied with. The photo was aided by a very low sun giving me more light and contrast and thus helping the auto focus. Surprisingly, this photo was taken during a very intensive speed training, where speeds were even higher then usual. It took me a while to find a perfect spot and 170 photos later I got the “one”.