Travis Lindquist, Senior Director, Editorial Photography, Getty Images Photo - Tom Pennington.
Using a long telephoto lens and a fast shutterspeed, Getty Images photographer Tom Pennington was able to capture the incredible speed and control of this skier during the Men’s Alpine Downhill
Combined. Seeing the gate contorted after the skier hit it at nearly 100km per hour and still maintaining his form, control, and concentration is a testament to skill these athletes have and the
talent the photographer has to capture everything in this split second.
Our photographers covering the Alpine skiing are facing extreme temperatures, their day on the mountain often begins before sun up in an effort to scout the course to find the best shooting location with the given course set or gate placement. The gates change for the Downhill and Super G, so the photo positions often need to be changed around.
In addition to scouting on course, they are constantly scanning outside the A-net and B-net fencing for possible off course photo positions and Alpine is one of the only sports where they are required to be in their shooting position one hour before competition/training begins and they cannot move from these positions.
These photo positions are often no larger than 10"X3", so there is very little room to move around to stay warm – very challenging!