As he runs, just ahead of a field of men desperately trying to beat the champion sprinter, Usain Bolt turns and seems to flash a cheeky grin at the camera.
The photo, taken in August at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, quickly became the most recognised sporting photo of the year. The man behind the lens, Cameron Spencer, gave dozens of interviews about how he got the shot suffice it to say, he’s a master photographer.
As part of Getty’s Year in Focus 2016, Spencer has handpicked his favourite Australian sporting shots of the year for Mashable.
They’re sure to inspire you to achieve some kind of sporting prowess in 2017. Or failing that, to pick up a camera.
“This photograph taken by Brendon Thorne at the Subaru Australian Mogul Championships is quite surreal because of the conditions of the Australian snowfields in Perisher, there is no snow! The skier is in the perfect inverted position, mid-air between the snow-free hills in the background.”
“The beauty of smaller competitions like the VFL, is that there isnt the high tech drainage and playing surfaces; compared to major stadiums like the MCG. When the opportunity arises, muddy conditions like this make for incredible pictures.”
“The velodrome offers opportunities for a photographer to be very creative with the use of slow shutter speeds using techniques such as panning and zoom bursts. In this image taken by Getty Images photographer Ryan Pierse the cyclists helmet and handlebars are sharp, giving the viewer enough information to recognise what is going on in the picture, whilst creating a strong artistic image.”
“The Annual Birdsville Racing Carnival is a uniquely Australian event as it is held in the middle of the outback on a very dry track. This image by photographer Bradley Kanaris is shot using a remote camera positioned on the starting gate and is brilliant as it shows the sparse arid conditions of that the Birdsville Cup is famous for.”
“This creative shot taken by Scott Barbour was captured with a long lens high up in the MCG stands and is successful due to the great shadows of the players competing for the ball. The pattern and composition works really well.”
“Womens AFL has proven to be quite physical in its trial season in 2016. In this image the photographer has captured a great sports action moment of Daisy Pearce of Melbourne being tackled with a palm to the face. Its unexpected moments like this that can never be premeditated or repeated; making for a bold sports photograph.”
“Even on day four of a Sheffield Shield State cricket match a great moment can be documented. In this instance all the fielders are putting pressure on the batsman, fielding very close to his wicket. Cricket involves a lot of patience and concentration for not only the athletes but also the photographers as you have to be prepared for every delivery; which could be your next great picture.”
“With the rise in popularity of UFC many mixed martial arts are gaining more mainstream coverage. This shot was captured ringside where the photographer has had to photograph through the cage, capturing a punch. You can see sweat spraying from the impact giving the viewer a sense of being ringside.”
“Artistic gymnastics is a beautiful sport to watch and it also makes for stunning photographs. Getty Images photographer Quinn Rooney has shot Chloe Hay during the 2016 Australian Gymnastics Championships with a slow shutter speed to show movement with a competitors body and rope resulting, in an almost floral-like composition.”
“It is rare on hard court that a tennis player launches through the air; this shot that I captured from the catwalk at the Australian Open on Margret Court Arena shows Gael Monfils desperately trying to save a point against Andrey Kuznestov. The shadow adds to the drama and shows how high Monfils is from the court with his arm outstretched playing the ball.”
“In this caught and bowled photograph the bowler Trent Boult is seen mid-air catching a screamer. Shot from the stands by Getty Images photographer Ryan Pierse, the batsman in the foreground adds to the story. A rare moment in cricket thats even harder to capture.”
“Photographing sport is about recording the peak of the action and this image captured by photographer Mark Metcalfe is a classic AFL tackle with both players mid-air as Kurt Tippet from the Swans hand passes the ball.”
“Light and a photographers use of light can make an ordinary moment extraordianry. This photograph of a race car heading over Mt Panorama at sunrise gives a sense of a beautiful still morning as drivers continue to race around the circuit.”
“I captured this moment at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games; the worlds fastest man in history dominating a semi-final at an Olympics leading all the other competitors. I was working at the track and field that night from an infield position and decided to shoot using a slow shutter speed, a technique known as panning. Situated at the 70m mark I was confident that he would be out in front by that point of the sprint. It wasnt until I looked at the back of my camera after the race to check my images were sharp that I realised Usain appeared to be smiling in my direction. I believe at this point in the race he turned off the gas, slowing down and saving some energy for the final; which was later that evening. Bolt made it look too easy in this blue-ribbon event and was glancing around at the other athletes behind him as he enjoyed the final seconds of the semi-final.”
“Generally speaking photographers arent usually allowed on the field of play. In this instance Getty Images photographer Phil Walter has strategically placed a remote camera in front of Kieran Read as he leads the All Blacks Haka during the Bledisloe Cup Rugby Championship match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the Australia Wallabies.”
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