Shooting the Olympics

[via CNN Photos] At age 9, Donald Miralle fell in love with the Olympics when he attended the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles.  He spent the next decade competing in swimming with dreams of someday qualifying for the Olympics, but says he “didn’t come close.” He became a sports photographer instead.

When Miralle heads to the London Olympics next month, it will be his seventh time shooting the event.  He’ll be among hundreds of photographers fighting for the best images of each moment.
“For photographers who haven’t been to an Olympics before … I truthfully can say it’s the hardest thing they will ever shoot,” he says.

On a typical day, Miralle has to be at multiple venues on opposite sides of the city while dealing with security checks and carrying massive amounts of camera gear.  He’ll likely go to bed late and wake up early.  On top of the rigorous schedule, he has to be “a master of improvisation” while trying to add depth to each of his images. He rarely has the chance to scope out a location in advance.
“The best pictures I’ve made at the games I believe have come from handheld cameras, capturing a fleeting moment that others have missed,” Miralle says.  (read more...)

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