I’ve been shooting Bolt for many years, three Olympics Games and two World Championships, and experience has taught me that shooting the fastest man alive is exciting, though there is a lot of pressure.
To come up with a different creative image is a challenge.
By the time the gun went off and the runners sprinted off their starting blocks, I was also sprinting with my gear in hand, which included three remotes in addition to my handheld camera, a Canon 1DX MK2.
I had four cameras firing all at once.
My handheld had a 70-200 mm lens set at 135 mm focal length. I had to drop my shutter speed to about 1/40th of a second to capture the moment.
At this point, my feet were planted on the ground but I continued to move my lens, following Bolt’s movement with my upper body.
He was ahead of his opponents by now and in that single moment, I saw Bolt look back with a smile.
The shot was captured with some motion, but it wasn’t until later that I realized the extent of his smile.
I knew it was a special moment.
I’ve only had several of my images go viral before, but this one was a unique result of great timing paired with photographic risk taking, and a touch of luck.
It’s an exciting feeling when your image resonates with the masses and this particular image tells a truly unique story.
~ Cameron Spencer