Still, it was a fun challenge to shoot in a dimly lit arena with a telephoto lens. This might have been the first time that I shot at strictly shutter priority.
I quickly discovered that it was foolish to try to shoot for high-quality 100 ISO images.
Here's a shot that I liked for overall composition:
I shot that at ISO 400, 1/30 sec at f/4.0.
Later on, I tried to shoot action shots by matching the sweep of my camera with the speed of the skater. From a lot of shots, I came up with a few keepers.
That one was one of my personal favorites. Shot at ISO 800, 1/30 sec at f/4.0 Look at how drawn out the faces in the crowd are as I "stopped" the skater in motion.
In the post-processing, I also tried out some Black and White shots. Here's another one shot at ISO 800, 1/30 sec at f/4.0.
The following was shot at ISO 1600, 1/40 sec at f/4.5:
It's a picture of a "jammer" breaking away from the pack.