Photo of the Week 7 May 2013
Congratulations to Axel Brunst from Stuttgart, Germany for his action-packed image “Last Light of the Day.”
Photographer: Axel Brunst
Title: “Last Light of the Day”
Hometown: Stuttgart, Germany
Gear Used: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF70-200mm/f4 lens and POW Photog Gloves
We had the opportunity to speak with Axel and find out how he got involved in action sports photography. Be sure to read our interview with Axel and find out his advice for entering the world of sports photography and see how he captured this breathtaking shot on the slopes.
Where was the image taken?
This image was taken during a shoot I was doing for a small travel organization in Germany on the Stubai Glazier in Austria in the middle of November. It was one of the only resorts with enough snow to ski.
What type of camera, gear, and equipment did you use to capture the shot? Do you have a title for this image?
I used my Canon EOS 40D with a Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 lens and, super-important, my POW Photog Gloves.
What type of gear do you like to use for action and sports photography? Were there any challenges in setting up for the shot? Do you have any advice for capturing sports or action photography?
I like to use the gear that I have available. I am a student, so money is a big problem .
I use my 70-200mm and 10-20mm lenses most of the time, and sometimes my Canon 50mm f/1.8 II, which I always have with me because it’s so small and light. The AF is a pain, but pre-focusing helps.
I also love to use a flash because it separates my work from other photographers (no one wants to hike mountains with heavy gear) and it gives my images a more commercial-style look, which I like a lot.
If you really want to take great action sports images, you need to know what is going on: when is the crucial moment and what looks stylish. It really helps if you have played the sport yourself. Another important thing is listening to the athletes. You might have a nice image in your head, but if the athlete doesn’t feel comfortable doing the trick or move, it may not work. From my experience, I find I get the best results when athletes are having fun doing what they enjoy most. And then shoot, shoot, and shoot some more. Try new things, and pay attention to what works and what doesn’t. It you keep trying again and again, the rest takes care of itself.
What kind of photography do you enjoy shooting most both for professional and personal photography projects?
I like doing everything that keeps me outdoors. Mountain biking was what brought me in touch with photography. Today I spend most of the time behind the camera, but I still enjoy riding. You can see that in Daniel Schuas‘ latest video in which I spent a day in front of the lens. The things that I enjoy most are action sports like mountain biking, snowboarding, skating and also slack lining. However, I also like landscape photography. I mean, who doesn’t want beautiful landscape prints hanging on the wall?!
So far, I haven’t done too much commercial work, but I hope that will change soon. I am young and the most important thing to me is having fun; money is “only” second.
Who are some of your favorite photographers and artists that you draw inspiration from?
There are a lot of photographers that I draw inspiration from; too many to name! However one of them is Chase Jarvis. He inspired me as a photographer as well as a person, and he is doing so much for the whole photography world.
Another one is Lorenz Holder. I love his style and the way he uses light! Others that I look up to include Corey Rich, Taylor Stablefors, Lars Scharl and Christoph Laue.
What do you think of Axel’s advice for capturing sports and action photos? We’d love to hear your own tips for sports and action photography!
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