With the coronavirus pandemic severely shutting down multiple international athletic competitions, Joel was pleased to get back to sports again. "Even in a different capacity as there are no spectators allowed, I spent a few days in July photographing rock climbing, athletics and football."
As the first appointed Ambassador for Nikon Europe, he brought the latest professional D series model and took advantage of the updated AF system to chase for the perfect moment. "The autofocus in the Nikon D6 is really impressive, for sure the best I’ve used in a DSLR,” says Joel. “I use different autofocus settings depending on which type of sport I shoot. I’ve found myself mostly using the different Dynamic-area AF settings and the 3D tracking with face detection. Particularly the 3D tracking has been very interesting and reliable."
Joel recalled one of the football matches during the shutdown, he faced not only challenging weather conditions, but also finding a creative camera angles for his shot. “I was able to use a unique vantage point for this particular match – at the roof of the stadium. I knew that the nice evening sun-light could create beautiful shadows when setting at the arena. Also, now with no spectators in the stands, the normal position at grass level is not as interesting. The weather wasn't really on my side this day though. The west coast of Sweden is known for uneven weather and the clouds constantly blocked the sun. I only had a handful of chances of getting the shot I wanted, and when the situation appeared there was no room for error – I needed to nail the shot immediately. At the end of the match, I only had a few minutes of that particular light I had been looking for.”
For sports photography, every second matters. There is no time to edit pictures in a cozy editing room. As Joel puts it, "In the sports photography environment, speed is crucial. Every second we can save in the workflow is extremely important. During the match I normally send most pictures live for remote editing, but remotes are manually handled."
“For me to be able to rely on the memory cards is really helpful when there's only a few minutes to select, edit and transmit the best pictures in half-time. I did find the Wise Advanced CFexpress cards to be extremely fast to process pictures, and as a result more pictures will reach our clients. In my line off work I need to trust the equipment I use.”
In additional to speed, robustness is essential for an unrepeatable moment. "There is no room for errors or re-dos. As important as speed is, the same goes for reliability and endurance. The cards feel very robust and withstood all harsh conditions I tried them in."
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