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|| News Item: Posted 2008-09-04

Olympic Moments: Mike Blake
'But dull days never happen at the Olympics.'

By Mike Blake, Reuters

Photo by Mike Blake / Reuters

Photo by Mike Blake / Reuters

Here are some of Mike's favorite images from the Olympics.
Now I'm kind of old - 45 , but I got started young and a roll of 36 was something you put in the back of your camera and thought about as you were recording moments.

You would plan when to drop in a new roll, plan when the top athlete was about to perform and you would save a few frames at the end of the action for the jubo- you picked your moments. The process enveloped you and the concentration and effort between you, camera and athlete was what separated the men from the boys.

After you get a few Olympic Games under your belt you begin to view them as picture factories. It's a massive undertaking for a company like Reuters to build out the infrastructure, import the talent to record the moments, the editors to find them, processors to process them; all of this effort and expense to record visual data of a bunch of moments because are probably more than a million photographable moments and the world is waiting to see them all.

Jubo, dejection, elation, sorrow, self pity, bravado, selflessness , determination. Like the Pink Floyd song goes- "taking away the moments that make up a dull day". But dull days never happen at the Olympics, there is always something in the repetition of 36 rotations at Gymnastics, or 15 rounds of 200m heats at athletics that blows you away if you're on it with the right lens, the right exposure, the right timing.

Now Bert sent out a nice note asking for some of us to write a few paragraphs about some of our favorite images we shot in Beijing. To give a little background about them and document a portion of what we documented, but in the context of what photographer's like about what they do... (a photographer is never going to go out of his or her way to show you a picture they shot that they don't like) So I expect this to be a great read from everyone who inputs their data.

So here are some of my moments- recorded with the push of a button at hopefully the peak moment in time. I say this because I believe this will be the last Summer Olympics where the photographers are actually shooting moment, frames, still images of pixels.

Just as the skills of film have gone, so will the skills of picking your moments and freezing them. Its going to be an editor's world in the next Olympics, the sound of clicking sound will be gone and the non linear clip of high resolution motion will be the new game we play. I hope I'm completely wrong, but four years is a long time.

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