Meetup: Shooting a ski Jump


Anyone on the East side of St. Paul has probably seen the ski jump off of 494 near Lake Drive. I always thought it was never used, but they do still use it and have events. 


I've been in contact with the group that runs it, and we've been able to work out a date that we all can go and photograph ski jumpers. It will be at night - 7pm. 


The night we are able to have a meetup there is Friday, January 31st. 



Cost: FREE. 



Bring your tripod, warm clothes and get ready to have some fun in the snow. You can check out their website at:

http://www.stpaulskiclub.com/



Directions to the jump and clubhouse are here:



http://www.stpaulskiclub.com/locate.htm

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  • Loren S.

    I found it very difficult shooting with the low light and the fast movement. It was a good chance to find the limits for my camera and discover some ways of how to do it and someways of how not to do it!

    2 · February 1, 2014

    • Jim E

      I agree completely.

      February 2, 2014

  • Jim E

    Sure it was only like zero degrees, but had a nice time watching the kids jump. My only complaint was they ran out of chicken wild rice soup.

    January 31, 2014

  • David P.

    Wow - that was pretty cool. There was not a ton of jumpers due to that there is a lot of competitions going on in other parts of the U.S. and Europe. I think the oldest jumper was about 15 years old. Kris Edlund (who was the woman in the blue coat with the camera at the top of the hill) helps run the place. Not only did they say we can come back any event day and photograph, but she told the last few stragglers (myself included) that there is a day jump on February 15th for the Minneapolis Ski Club, which uses the jump at Bush Lake in Bloomington. She said that if you want to photograph the jumpers in the day, to check that one out as it is probably the last (and next) day jump around the cities. Spencer Yendell was brave enough to climb to the top of the 58m jump; the big one you see from 494. I was going to join him, but the steps were slick. Can't wait to see photos! Post them here or email them to Kris at the Ski Jump contact address on their page.

    January 31, 2014

  • Santa James A.

    Sorry I didn't respond sooner. I am too old and my bones are aching tonight from shoveling snow last night.

    January 31, 2014

  • Sarah

    Won't be able to make it tonight. Have fun and looking forward to seeing your awesome photos!

    January 31, 2014

  • Adrienne T. P.

    Might be 15 min late!!!

    January 31, 2014

  • Mike

    GPS says I will be 15 min late.

    January 31, 2014

  • Jerry

    I will be late.

    January 31, 2014

  • Diane

    guys I am not going to be there tonight just let the know you are part of TCPG with Dave Parker

    January 31, 2014

  • Rajib B.

    i m sick and out.

    January 31, 2014

  • Saundra U.

    We are out. Cold and a dog that just had emergency surgery is keeping us home.

    January 30, 2014

  • Paul T

    Sorry for the last minute cancellation, but just made it home (5:24) back is already hurting, just can't see me climbing hills tonight. Hope you all have fun, and click away.

    January 30, 2014

    • Sameer G.

      It is tomorrow...right?

      1 · January 30, 2014

    • Jerry

      Yep, it on Friday.

      1 · January 30, 2014

  • Paul T

    Oops never mind, why does it seem like Friday?

    January 30, 2014

  • Betty B.

    Any suggestions as to what lenses to use? I'm new to sports photography but want to try.

    January 29, 2014

    • David P.

      Anything with some reach that will let you shoot at a wide aperture - f2.8, f4. I'm bringing my[masked] f2.8 and a 28-70 f2.8, depending on the distance from the jump we are.

      January 30, 2014

    • Betty B.

      Thanks, that was helpful.

      January 30, 2014

  • Tyler

    Hello all! I've shot ski jumping before & you'll be standing on the side of the jump which is a steep angle so keep in mind you'll be using your legs to make sure you don't slide down the hill (trust me the next day you will feel it). A tripod with a very fluid head it might work but a monopod has never worked well since the angles are more up & down. You might get the first take-off & some flight but when they descend your limited. Handheld works for me since I've had to wrap my legs around the jump braces to hold on. Unless they will let strobes be put up lighting with flash is definitely needed. If you're wanting to try different techniques like panning, blur, etc. this would be a fun place to do it.

    Just a few suggestions and I hope that can help some.

    January 30, 2014

  • Jim E

    Unless you're looking to get a cool shot of a blurred ski jumper floating thru your frame, not sure a tripod would be helpful? Monopod maybe, but I'll be practicing some panning techniques on this shoot. Let me know if I'm missing something. Thanks!

    January 30, 2014

    • David P.

      I think depending on the tripod, it could still be helpful. A ball head that would allow you to pan the jumper would be helpful to steady the shot. High ISO will be helpful as well. :)

      1 · January 30, 2014

  • Milena

    Too cold for me. Bummer.

    January 29, 2014

  • David P.

    I'll be checking the website for the Ski Club over the next couple of days to see if they cancel the jump. They did cancel the practice tonight (Tuesday 1/28) because of the weather.

    January 28, 2014

    • David P.

      Right now with a high of 12 degrees, the jump is still scheduled to go on. Dress warm!

      January 29, 2014

  • Rajib B.

    how long does the event last till?

    January 21, 2014

    • David P.

      Checking their site, it doesn't list the length of the event. I'd assume two hours.

      January 28, 2014

    • David P.

      Checked with the Ski Jump - average is two hours, depending on how many people they have signed up for the event.

      January 29, 2014

  • Rajib B.

    how far is the nearest AC outlet from the jump-site? How many feet? I can bring one of my 100 feet extension cable if permitted to setup studio light on snow.

    January 21, 2014

    • Rajib B.

      I was hoping extra lighting can compensate for image noise.

      January 28, 2014

    • David P.

      Checked with the Ski Jump - they won't allow studio lights to be set up and they don't have an outlet to use. We'll have to go with bumping ISO and shooting wide open apertures. :)

      January 29, 2014

  • Sarah F.

    Is this area light up or is someone bringing some lighting equipment?

    1 · January 14, 2014

    • Diane

      I just asked Dave you can bring some flash equipment if you would like. But he did put a disclaimer in that it may be hard to light the area.

      January 16, 2014

    • David P.

      It isn't set up for model shooting, or posing people in the snow. I'm probably bringing my off camera flash, but not bringing any stands or umbrellas since the jumpers will be my main focus.

      January 28, 2014

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