Crashed Ice 2010

Lukas Kolc and Greg Davis compete at Red Bull Crashed Ice in Quebec
Lukas Kolc and Greg Davis compete at Red Bull Crashed Ice in Quebec

The Red Bull Crashed Ice event this year was a little bit different than last year. If you read my post about last years event you might remember that it was -37 Celsius with the windchill and cameras just didn’t want to work. This year it was around +15 Celsius during the day, and maybe a little below freezing at night. Way better conditions for photography, maybe not so great for making ice. The Gestev crew did an incredible job in spite of the warm temps though, and this years track was the best ever. More steep sections, better corners, and faster overall.

This year I was shooting with the Nikon D3s as well as my trusty D700 and I have to say the D3s has really changed the way we can shoot things at night. The first year of Crashed Ice in Canada I was shooting with a D2X and I think I was using about 640 ISO and gettting a shutter speed of around 1/60th at f/2.8, and hoping it turned out. This year I shot at between 8000 and 12,800 ISO, at 1/800th – 1/1000th with mostly really good results. Check out the gallery below for some examples.