Clock Block :: Sometimes luck doesn’t go your way when photographing at major sporting events. This was a classic fail when I was shooting Usain Bolt of Jamaica winning the 200m final during the track and field at the London Olympic Games in 2012. I decided to shoot a slow shutter and pan my camera as he was sprinting to the finish to claim the gold medal. Bolt hushed the crowd with his finger raised to his mouth, unfortunately this piece of history happened in a position where I was blocked by the Omega timing post on the finish line. Just like the athletes themselves, we experience the highs and lows...it’s what makes photographing sport so exciting and addictive, and also extremely frustrating on occasion, waiting to capture that next defining moment. We learn from these experiences and all professional photographers have them and can relate. We dwell on them and beat ourselves up, however it’s about minimizing these disappointments and planning thoughtfully for the next opportunity. #TBT #gettysport #sportsphotography #photography @usainbolt

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Clock Block :: Sometimes luck doesn’t go your way when photographing at major sporting events. This was a classic fail when I was shooting Usain Bolt of Jamaica winning the 200m final during the track and field at the London Olympic Games in 2012. I decided to shoot a slow shutter and pan my camera as he was sprinting to the finish to claim the gold medal. Bolt hushed the crowd with his finger raised to his mouth, unfortunately this piece of history happened in a position where I was blocked by the Omega timing post on the finish line. Just like the athletes themselves, we experience the highs and lows...it’s what makes photographing sport so exciting and addictive, and also extremely frustrating on occasion, waiting to capture that next defining moment. We learn from these experiences and all professional photographers have them and can relate. We dwell on them and beat ourselves up, however it’s about minimizing these disappointments and planning thoughtfully for the next opportunity. #TBT #gettysport #sportsphotography #photography @usainbolt
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38 COMMENTS:

Twist: The clock adds to the drama of the photo and the fact you caught the 🤫 in that gap just caps it off. It’s a unique photo. Time is going by quickly but Bolt is in his element

Thanks for sharing this Mr. @cjspencois. I'm feeling the same frustration during climbing competitions, when I choose one side and the climber celebrating to the crowd on the other, etc. Btw. What shutter speed are you usually using for these kind of shots in 100/200 m sprints? Thanks

  • @lukasbiba anything between 1/40th and 1/80th mate

  • @cjspencois Thanks a lot for info and once again for your insight. It's really helpful to see somebody experienced like you with the same feelings and situations.

Still epic!! And nice to get a snappers insight 👌🏽

Well said Cam. Glad to know I’m not alone 🤦🏻‍♀️😁

Camera rage happens every single shoot for me whether it’s a player blocking a shot, a steward or camera missing focus etc etc 😂😂

💯 relatable! How ever this shot is still pretty outstanding. The omega timing pool actually makes it look a lot more technical. And if you didn’t call this a fail it’s pretty damn successful. But totally get it

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