Galleries 90
Collections 0
Groups 26
This group holds all the uploaded race images for the 2020-21 ski season. The images arein various groups, and each group contains galleries. The galleries hold the image photos and the groups hold the galleries.

May 16, 2021. New: I am now uploading galleries of up-close face shots, Racer Faces, for each of the race series. Tightly cropped closeups reveal some of the emotion and intensity racers bring to the course. Fun, informative, impressive.

There is a group for training shots, organized by day. There is a group for the Coca-Cola Classic series, with sub-groups for each day of racing. There is usually one gallery for each race, by gender.

Likewise, there are be groups for the WR FIS series and the Alyeska Cup and the U12/14 Championships.

FAQs answer many questions that might arise, as well as many that will probably never arise. The Ski Race Photo FAQs explain some basics about why I photograph ski racing and my goals. The FAQs discuss why there are more images of some racers than others. (Sometimes it is a matter of luck: I miss someone completely if the camera autofocus freezes or I have to change cards or batteries or the viewfinder fogs up at a crucial moment.) Sometimes it is by choice. Although I shoot a lot of frames (maybe 30) per racer per run, I try to upload only technically good images (properly focused) that also show some level of racing competency. Sometimes I show an entire sequence, when the racer is doing something, or when things suddenly go south.

Some people have been interested in how I select images to send the newspaper. I usually send two photos, one woman and one man, to the ADN after each day of racing. I rarely send three, with an explanation. I don’t always include a photo of the outright winner. There are various considerations; nothing is hard and fast. It is a subjective conglomeration of factors. I’m looking for variety, the same things the Sports and Photo editors want. They don’t want the same racer every race, or identical crush-the-gate shots. I also consider how often a racer has been depicted, how many more seasons a racer might have (U19s who haven’t been depicted before are favored), how dynamic and athletic the image is. And there are other imponderables. If I’ve seen a racer training hard or striving for season-after-season, that might count. Educating the public can matter: a particular move (hand on snow), a cool transition between gates, a great start. Whatever. Fans of particular racers can be disappointed, of course. We don’t get as much photo coverage now as we used to, despite the best efforts of the Sports staff. That’s partly why I upload a variety of photos after races: to depict effort and excellence and success and, sometimes, what can go wrong.

Alyeska Cup

Galleries 28
Modified 9-Feb-21
3019 photos
Alyeska Cup

Brian Russell 2021

Visitors 6
130 photos
Created 12-Mar-21
Modified 12-Mar-21
Brian Russell 2021

Coca-Cola Classic

Galleries 18
Modified 28-Jan-21
1662 photos
Coca-Cola Classic

Racer Faces; On-Course Close Ups

Galleries 6
Modified 30-May-21
677 photos
Racer Faces; On-Course Close Ups

Training Group

Galleries 3
Modified 10-Jan-21
275 photos
Training Group

U12/14 State Championships

Galleries 9
Modified 1-Apr-21
1388 photos
U12/14 State Championships

UAA

Galleries 9
Modified 20-Jan-21
505 photos
UAA

Western Region FIS Series

Galleries 16
Modified 26-Mar-21
1611 photos
Western Region FIS Series