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:

(L-R) Bronze medallist USA's Kristi Castlin, gold medallist USA's Brianna Rollins and silver medallist USA's Nia Ali celebrate after the Women's 100m Hurdles Final during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de JAmericans sweep the women's 100 m hurdles final. From left to right, bronze medallist Kristi Castlin, gold medallist Brianna Rollins and silver medallist Nia Ali. (AFP / Franck Fife)

You have to keep track of the news and try and get a picture that tells the entire story :

Russia's Yulia Efimova (L) looks on USA's Lilly King (R) celebrates winning the Women's 100m Breaststroke Final with USA's Katie Meili during the swimming event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 8, 2Amid their war of words over doping, Russia's Yulia Efimova (L) looks on as USA's Lilly King (R) celebrates winning the Women's 100m Breaststroke Final with USA's Katie Meili, who won the bronze. (AFP / Martin Bureau)

It helps to snap a shot that’s worth a thousands words:

Italy's Marta Menegatti (L) jumps for the ball during the women's beach volleyball qualifying match between Italy and Egypt at the Beach Volley Arena in Rio de Janeiro on August 9, 2016, for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.Culture clash. Italian and Egyptian beach volleyball players during a qualifying match. (AFP / Yasuyoshi Chiba)

You try and get shots that give a different perspective on a familiar sport:

USA's Michael Phelps (L) takes the start of the Men's 200m Individual Medley Semifinal during the swimming event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 10, 2016. (AFP / Al Bello)
Japan's Ippei Watanabe competes in the Men's 200m Breaststroke Final during the swimming event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 10, 2016. (AFP / Martin Bureau)
Japan's Ippei Watanabe competes in the Men's 200m Breaststroke Final during the swimming event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 10, 2016.  (AFP / Martin Bureau)

Sometimes it's all in the composition:

(AFP / Kirill Kudryavtsev)
South Korea's Park Sangyoung (R) competes against Switzerland's Benjamin Steffen during their men’s individual epee semi-final bout as part of the fencing event of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, on August 9, 2016, at the Carioca Arena 3, in Rio de Janeiro. (AFP / Fabrice Coffrini)
Israel's Yarden Gerbi (white) competes with Japan's Miku Tashiro during their women's -63kg judo contest bronze medal A match of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 9, 2016. (AFP / Toshifumi Kitamura)

Sometimes it’s a simple move or gesture:

South Korea's Jung Kyung Eun and South Korea's Shin Seung Chan (unseen) serve against China's Tang Yuanting and China's Yu Yang during their women's doubles Bronze Medal badminton match at the Riocentro stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 18, 2016, at the (AFP / Ben Stansall)

And you’re always on the lookout for a new, original angle.

To get it, you find innovative spots from where to shoot:

Georgia's Lasha Torgvaidze competes in the Men's Triple Jump Qualifying Round as part of the athletics competition at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 15, 2016. (AFP / Franck Fife)
Spain's entry in the 49er FX sailing class Berta Betanzos Moro and Tamara Echegoyen Dominguez sail during a training session on Rio de Janerio's Guanabara Bay for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on August 6, 2016. (AFP / William West)
Britain's Mark Cavendish competes in the Men's Omnium Scratch race track cycling event at the Velodrome during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 14, 2016. (AFP / Odd Andersen)

Sometimes you just change the angle:

South Korea's Choi Injeong (L) competes against Russia's Violetta Kolobova during their women’s individual epee qualifying bout as part of the fencing event of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, on August 6, 2016, at the Carioca Arena 3, in Rio de Janeiro. (AFP / Kirill Kudryavtsev)

Or the perspective:

Great Britain's Richard Kruse (L) competes against Algeria's Victor Hamid Sintes during their men’s individual foil qualifying bout as part of the fencing event of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, on August 7, 2016, at the Carioca Arena 3, in Rio de Janeiro. (AFP / Kirill Kudryavtsev)

You play around with shutter speed to create ghosts:

Canada's Leonora Mackinnon (L) competes against Italy's Rossella Fiamingo during their women’s individual epee qualifying bout as part of the fencing event of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, on August 6, 2016, at the Carioca Arena 3, in Rio de Janeiro. (AFP / Kirill Kudryavtsev)
France's Gauthier Grumier (L) competes against Japan's Kazuyasu Minobe during their men’s individual epee quarter-final bout as part of the fencing event of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, on August 9, 2016, at the Carioca Arena 3, in Rio de Janeiro. (AFP / Kirill Kudryavtsev)
Italy's Daniele Garozzo (L) competes against Russia's Timur Safin during their men’s individual foil semi-final bout as part of the fencing event of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, on August 7, 2016, at the Carioca Arena 3, in Rio de Janeiro. (AFP / Kirill Kudryavtsev)

Or put multiple moments in time into a single frame:

A multi exposure picture shows Russia's Artur Akhmatkhuzin (L) competing against US Alexander Massialas during their men’s individual foil qualifying bout as part of the fencing event of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, on August 7, 2016, at the Carioca Arena (AFP / Fabrice Coffrini)

Sometimes you look into the eye of the storm:

Germany’s Lisa Unruh shoots an arrow during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games women's competition at the Sambodromo archery venue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on August 10, 2016. (AFP / Jewel Samad)

Sometimes you notice something unusual:

Atletes are mirrored in a window during the Women's 50m Freestyle heats at the swimming event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 12, 2016.  Athletes are mirrored in a window during the Women's 50m Freestyle heat. (AFP / Martin Bureau)

Or funny:

France's power forward Joffrey Lauvergne (C) fails to catch the ball during a Men's round Group A basketball match between Serbia and France at the Carioca Arena 1 in Rio de Janeiro on August 10, 2016 during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. (AFP / Andrej Isakovic)
Argentina's Tanya Acosta (C-L) and Emilce Sosa try to block the ball during the women's qualifying volleyball match between South Korea and Argentina at the Maracanazinho stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 10, 2016, during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. (AFP / Johannes Eisele)
(AFP / Philippe Lopez)
Japan's Kosuke Hagino prepares to compete in the Men's 200m Freestyle Semifinal during the swimming event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 7, 2016.   / (AFP / Christophe Simon)

Sometimes you show another side of a sport:

Swimmers compete in the Women's 100m Backstroke heats during the swimming event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 7, 2016.  (AFP / Odd Andersen)

Or give a feel for its speed:

China's Wu Minxia and China's Shi Tingmao compete in the Women's Synchronized 3m Springboard Final during the diving event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 7, 2016. (AFP / Odd Andersen)
Poland's Maciej Okreglak competes in the Men's K1 kayak slalom competition at the Whitewater stadium during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 7, 2016 (AFP / Carl De Souza)

And sometimes you catch the sun in just the right spot:

Canada's duet Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion compete in the Women's Synchronised 10m Platform Final during the diving event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 9, 2016. (AFP / Odd Andersen)
A rowers carries oars as he arrives for a training session at the Lagoa stadium during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 11, 2016. (AFP / Jeff Pachoud)

So the secret for capturing the different views of the Games?

Keeping a sharp eye out:

North Korea's Kim Song I eyes the ball as she serves against Japan's Ai Fukuhara in their women's singles bronze medal table tennis match at the Riocentro venue during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 10, 2016. (AFP / Jim Watson)
Yana Dlugy