Tag Sports

Leifer on Football

Nice interview and small gallery of images by one of the greatest sports photographers, Neil Leifer, over at Deadspin.

Anyone shooting football should be a student of Leifer’s work. Or boxing. Also, any Olympic sport. Heck, just any sport …

Burnett Fan Club Post #317

You’re probably sick of me linking to stories about David Burnett.

Tough, here’s another one from Film Is Not Dead. And, aside from a massively wrong word choice in the second graf (arrogation in place of inauguration), it’s pretty good as it has Burnett talk about his experience covering the Olympics.

Loved this quote:

The one worry of the Olympics is that you end up at the Finish line with 50 or 100 of the worlds best sports photographers.. so you have to be rigid in trying to tell yourself.. “go somewhere else…. do something else… take a chance…” I was lucky .. when I did that I ended up in front of the place where Mary Decker and Zola Budd collided, and with that, I was “officially” a sports photographer.

When I switched from stringing for the Associated Press to Agence France-Presse, that same advice was given to me: Don’t stand with the other shooters, go someplace else. I’ve tried to be someplace else for nearly 20 years now.

How Reuters Covered Track and Field in London

Reuters produced the video below to give us an idea of how they covered track and field at the Olympics. Think about this: for the 100 meter final, that lasted 9.63 seconds, they had 15 photojournalists covering it. The race started at 9:52 and they had their first photo on the wire at 9:55.

Egads.

(Thanks to Stephen Terry for the link.)

Nailing the Shot: Practice, Practice, Practice

The Poynter Institute’s Steve Myers has a short interview with the Associated Press’ Greg Bull about his image of Gabby Douglas at the Olympics.

The image has gotten a strong response because of its clean background and great moment, but how you make a frame like that is simple: Practice.

A lot.

The Irregular Olympian

You could pretty easily accuse me of being a David Burnett-fanboy. I would be okay with that.

Over at The New York Times’ Lens blog, James Estrin talked with Burnett about heading off to cover his eighth Olympics.

I have a lot of friends and colleagues who are headed across the pond and they’re all going to do great work. But there’s one shooter who will see it just a little bit differently, who looks at the games as history not a string of events.

“Getting Prepared for Luck”

CT logoThe Chicago Tribune’s Scott Strazzante talks about the anatomy of a sports photograph. That one-line – “getting prepared for luck” – really says it all.

AP Goes Robotic, Too

Not to be out down by their colleagues at Reuters, the Associated Press is also setting up a phalanx of remote controlled cameras for the Olympics according to the British Journal of Photography.

Sweet ….

Naw, Shooting Sports Isn’t Dangerous

Except, you know, when it is

(Thanks to Alicia Wagner Calzada for the link.)

More Olympic Photos

This time, though, they’re a lot better … CNN has a gallery of Donal Miralle’s work up from past Olympic Games, some really nice frames in there.

USA Today Will Not Send Staff Photographers to the Olympics

Uh … well then.

John Harrington is reporting that USA Today has decided not to send any of its staff shooters to London this summer, instead having US Presswire cover it for them. (Gannett bought US Presswire last year, a wire service-agency sort of thing that has been criticized in the past for credentialing its credentialing policies.)

Romenesko has the story, too.