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|| SportsShooter.com: News Item: Posted 2008-09-04

Olympic Moments: Rod Mar
'Scott Strazzante of the Chicago Tribune is one of those special photographers.'

By Rod Mar, The Seattle Times

Photo by Rod Mar / The Seattle Times

Photo by Rod Mar / The Seattle Times

As every other shooter wields a long lens, Scott Strazzante waits patiently with a wide-angled lens.
When you go to the Olympics, you are one of hundreds of shooters all packed into a limited number of photo positions.

Whether they realize it or not, each photographer is seeking THE shot.

Often, THE shot is the same one everyone else is looking for -- Michael Phelps raising his arms in triumph or Usain Bolt crossing the finishing line displaying is oversized exuberance.

A few very special photographers are not only looking for THE shot, they're looking for THEIR shot.

That's the image that only they see and it's the one that will share their personal vision of the Olympics with viewers.

Scott Strazzante of the Chicago Tribune is one of those special photographers.

His images from this Olympics and past games stand out, not because he captures the same shot as everyone else (as Seinfeld says, "not that there's anything wrong with that"), but because Scott is always on the lookout for HIS shot.

Want proof?

Check out this image from the Water Cube during Michael Phelps' pursuit of eight gold medals.

As every other shooter wields a long lens, Scott waits patiently with a wide-angled lens.

It's logical to think that he's waiting for Phelps to come by on a photo walk after receiving his medals, but who really knows?

Scott's images not only delight, they also surprise. This is what sets him apart.

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