Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Olympic Update

I've been scouting around for what I consider original and artful (as opposed to arty) Olympic photographs and here's my selection to date. Above - Dan Chung and an effective use of tilt shift photography to record Usain Bolt's victory celebration after breaking the 100 meter world record to win gold.

John Giles caught this unusual landscape of two British boxers training on a beach outside of Beijing.

Another photograph by Dan Chung as Michael Phelps makes his way to Mama after winning his 8th gold medal.

Vincent Laforet shooting for Newsweek caught this amazing Edgerton like moment in women's Judo as Ange Mercie Jean Baptiste's blood hit the mat.

Adrian Dennis shoots as Italy's Giovanna Trillini hits Korea's Nam Hyunhee during the Women's individual Foil semi-final.

Perhaps the most unusual image so far. Andrea Leighton's overhead shot of weightlifter Arsen Kasabiev pinned under 222kg. (He had to wait for helpers to lift off the weight.)

Paraguayan javelin thrower Leryn Franco out of uniform....

.... and in uniform. Sadly she failed to qualify for the finals, but not before becoming one of the internet's newest celebrities.


Anonymous said...

A gold medal selection!

Barry said...

The blood droplet shot is incredible. I have to wonder what judo technique produced that!

What is "tilt shift" photography?

Anonymous said...

what is tilt shift photography??

The Year in Pictures said...

Tilt-shift lenses permit an unusual degree of control over a picture’s depth of field, allowing for more variation in what is in focus and what is not. By radically skewing the gradient of focus the photographer can create the effect that we’re looking at an unreal toy-like world.

This definition from Wikipedia:

"Tilt-shift photography refers to the use of camera movements on small- and medium format cameras, often tilting the lens relative to the image plane to achieve a very shallow depth of field. The technique relies on the Scheimpflug principle and usually requires the use of special lenses. “Tilt-shift” actually encompasses two different types of movements: rotation of the lens, called tilt, and movement of the lens parallel to the image plane, called shift. Tilt is used to control the orientation of the plane of focus (PoF), and hence the part of an image that appears sharp. Shift is used to control perspective, usually involving the convergence of parallel lines."

Hope that helps.

The Year in Pictures said...

Regarding the above comment about the blood shot, according to Laforet, it happened with such frequency in Judo matches, he was able to begin to anticipate it!

See his excellent new blog at:

Christopher Paquette said...

Outstanding collection of images! Keep finding them!

Anonymous said...

Shift/tilt 4x5 work is the specialty of David Burnett:

Also well worth following, Kenneth Jarecke:

Unknown said...

the first one is amazing.

Alice Olive said...

Wow - thank you for a superb collection of amazing images!

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