Thredbo Freeride Series – Big Air Competition

Jordan Houghtan makes a grab during his winning appearance at the 2010 Thredbo Freeride Series Big Air competition. Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm f4L IS USM lens. Exposure Details: 1/1000 seconds @ f6.3 ISO 500.

Hi guys, it’s been a hectic month working up here at Thredbo Ski Resort in NSW. I’ve been keeping very busy and shooting a bunch of stuff despite the worst snow falls for 20 years! Last week was the Big Air event of the Thredbo Freeride Series that saw Snowboarders and Skiers hurling themselves over a 50ft jump trying to pull off the their maddest tricks for a panel of judges perched atop the cabin of a snow groomer. For my untrained eye the aerialists were pretty amazing and I had heaps of fun shooting something new. It was an awesome bluebird day and I managed to get some great shots and even stitched together some nice sequences. Check out the Big Air gallery on the website for more shots from the Big Air Competition.

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3 thoughts on “Thredbo Freeride Series – Big Air Competition

  1. Looking good, Cam.

    I’m curious about AF on the 24-105mm (since I have no AF lenses!) and the burst mode for the stitched sequences shots, is the autofocus on the 5D fast/good enough to refocus for each frame or do you manually set the focus plane and leave it?


  2. Thanks guys,

    Regarding the focusing I do indeed set the focal plane for the sequence shots and leave it. However for the close up action shots of the riders getting air with the blue sky backdrop I used the ‘AI Servo’ (continous focus) mode which worked really well.



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