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Photographing Skydivers with the Sony a7R II

Professional photographer Jesper Gronnemark usually photographs terrestrial sports for clients including Red Bull, CeramicSpeed, and Cannondale, but recently he went wheels-up to jump out of a (perfectly good!) plane to photograph skydivers.

Using the mighty Sony Alpha a7R II mirrorless camera and Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 GM zoom lens for this epic challenge, Jesper was able to get some amazing shots of the skydiving model mid-air.

Watch how Jesper got on:

After his feet were firmly back on terra firma, Jesper spoke to Sony about his experience with the a7R II.

Why he uses Sony:

For me a camera a tool to create my vision. My cameras need to be lightweight so it’s easy to travel with them. I carry all my gear myself with cameras, lenses, lights and stands it all ends up to be a lot of weight.

What do you use the a7R II for:

I specialize in shooting sports for commercial usage for clients as Red Bull, CeramicSpeed, Cannondale etc.
I mainly use the camera for sports under controlled environments. A shoot where the athletes can do what they do over and over again to get the perfect shot, and for portraits of athletes on location.

How does shooting on Sony help your work as a pro photographer?

The auto focus is amazing. It’s always great to have good auto focus for sports photography.

Dynamic range is something every photographer should take in consideration. To be able to have so much information as there is in the files from Sony is just a pleasure to work with.

The file size, especially at the Sony α7R II, is great to have. I’m not always possible to be as close to the athletes as I want to, so to be able to crop into the images and still being able to use them for print is major key. The sharpness and quality of the G Master lenses surprised me at first - that is some mind-blowing lenses. That feeling of seeing images shot with a GM lens is hard to describe.

More about the Sony Alpha a7R II:

  • The world’s first1 back-illuminated full-frame CMOS sensor with 42.4MP2
  • BIONZ X image processing engine
  • Wide ISO range from ISO 50 to ISO 1024003
  • Fast Hybrid AF w. 399-point focal plane phase-detection AF coverage
  • 5-axis image stabilization for stills and movies

Find out more about the Sony a7R II at Park Cameras

More about the Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM Lens:

  • Premium G Master Series Mid-range telephoto prime
  • Sony Nano AR Coating to eliminate flare and ghosting
  • Circular 9-blade aperture for beautiful defocus effects
  • Direct Drive SSM for quiet, highly precise focus lens control
  • Dust and moisture resistant design

Find out more about the Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM lens at Park Cameras

Check out more of Jesper Gronnemark's photography on his Facebook page and follow him on Instagram.


By Park Cameras on 10/11/2017

Events at Park Cameras

Throughout the year, Park Cameras hold and attend a range of events. For photographers currently stuck indoors, as opposed to our events that are traditionally held in store or on the road, we are currently working on a range of events that can be held in the comfort and safety of your own home. In these uncertain times, there’s never been a better time to get to grips with your camera, and hopefully we can help achieve this. Find out more