Photo Friday – Angulation vs Separation

Photo Friday is a quick blog capturing skiers on the slopes. It’s a journal of present and past photographs captured from resorts across North America.


Here’s a photograph we took during a race event at a local ski resort. The racer was competing in a Giant Slalom race early March. Exciting skiing and fun to watch and capture in camera.

FIG 1.
Interesting to see two skiers at different levels in the same shot
FIG 2.
It’s an interesting photo to compare the two skiers. The red lines for the skier not he right indicate the difference in Lower & Upper body angles.
FIG 3.
In this photo, the racer was very fast (object of racing). One observation from a technical point, the Direction of Upper Body (Shoulders) is causing a little upper body rotation which in turn could take pressure off the outside ski.

Type of Turns

This skier is racing in a Giant Slalom course. The speed and slope were expert level.

Time of Year

This photo was taken in March 5th, 2020 at 12:20pm at Craigleith Ski Club (Ontario, Canada)


The photo was captured during mid day on Big-John slope (Black diamond run)

Snow Conditions

Conditions were groomed firm.

Camera Settings

  • Camera: Canon 5D Mark II
  • Canon Zoom Lens: 70-200mm
  • Focal Length: 200mm
  • ISO: 125
  • Aperture: f/3.5
  • Shutter: 1/1600 sec


Trying to find the spot when the skier has an outside long leg usually means an exciting photo. The snow is flying and the skier is dynamic.

Andrew Elsdon

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