The 2019 Malibu Open was spectacular at Trophy Lakes, just outside of Charleston S.C.. Another year of incredible skiing, professionalism and beautiful weather. I bought a new lens this year, mostly for the water skiing photography, and the first time I used it was at the 2019 Malibu Open. The 400 mm f/2.8 and it weighs over 12 pounds. But I think once I get the hang of it… I hope I will be able to capture some cool images.
It is a workout to haul around, but the glass is awesome! I set it up on my tripod with a Gimbal Head in the water and was able to grab some really cool shots. As with any new lens, it usually takes a few months to get really comfortable with them, know their strengths and weaknesses, but was having a great time with it. The light was a harsh, and not as cool as I had hoped, but I had a lot of fun anyway. With skiing photos, I always prefer cloudy days. As usual I shot everyday at the Open, until I was tired and went home.
I was using two cameras. On my full frame camera I was using my Canon 300 mm F/2.8 handheld, and because the 400 mm was set up to grab the standard shots, I could use the 300 to be more creative and capture some shots with slower shutter speeds. Playing with them to get panning images with different background effects. I enjoyed that flexibility the most in having the additional lens.
Below are some of the professional skiers you can find images of on my website.