A different view of the Games
Shooting the Olympics as a photographer can be a tough job. There are the long days, the meticulous preparation, the hours spent at each event. And you can't just shoot the winners -- a global news agency like AFP has clients the world over and they expect photos of their Olympians, even if they finish last.
On top of it all, you are photographing events with dozens, sometimes hundreds of colleagues from across the globe. Getting an original shot in such circumstances can be a challenge. And fun.
You try and capture those offbeat moments:
You have to keep track of the news and try and get a picture that tells the entire story :
It helps to snap a shot that’s worth a thousands words:
You try and get shots that give a different perspective on a familiar sport:
Sometimes it's all in the composition:
Sometimes it’s a simple move or gesture:
And you’re always on the lookout for a new, original angle.
To get it, you find innovative spots from where to shoot:
Sometimes you just change the angle:
Or the perspective:
You play around with shutter speed to create ghosts:
Or put multiple moments in time into a single frame:
Sometimes you look into the eye of the storm:
Sometimes you notice something unusual:
Sometimes you show another side of a sport:
Or give a feel for its speed:
And sometimes you catch the sun in just the right spot:
So the secret for capturing the different views of the Games?
Keeping a sharp eye out: