. . . just 10 seconds . . . the sports shot


“A lifetime of training for just ten seconds. . . ” said Jesse Owens.  And, yet, the image is not 10 seconds, it is a nano second.  “Approach the game with no preset agendas and you’ll probably come away surprised at your overall efforts. . . ” said Phil Jackson.  But, some planning to get the image is inevitable.  There is technique and luck and access to get a sports shot, and as to to luck part, as Yogi Berra observed, “Half the lies they tell about me aren’t true.”  Here are some of my sports shots, some planned, some not.  Where possible, I used lights – 4 SB900 speedlights in a Foursquare or a quadra. high ISO, high shutter speed, wide angle where possible.  Many of my shots were inspired / coached / taught / cajoled / prompted by Dave Black  and Tom Bol.  I would describe each image as a type of sports portrait, an environmental shot of an athlete doing what they do where and when they do it.



Thanks for stopping by my blog, Mark