We spoke to Getty Images photographer Cameron Spencer to get the story behind this winning image of Usain Bolt
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 14: Usain Bolt of Jamaica competes in the Men’s 100 meter semifinal on Day 9 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 14, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Major sporting occasions provide a wealth of opportunity for capturing special photographic moments, but every now-and-then a photographer captures something uniquely special. The image of Usain Bolt grinning at the competition over his shoulder above, by Cameron Spencer, is one such special image. Up to 600 photographers were capturing pictures during this particular 100 metre race, 11 of which were officially working for Getty, so Cameron could afford to take a risk and aim for something a bit different.
Jon Devo caught up with the Getty Images photographer in Rio to find out the story behind what is arguably the most iconic sporting image captured in 2016 so far. Read on for some insight into the settings, kit and technique he used to capture it.
On his equipment and settings
On the technique
On the image’s popularity
On the image
I don’t think I would have done a single thing differently to be honest. I was anticipating Bolt passing his competitors at the 70-meter mark, so I positioned myself infield, focusing my lens on the subject. It was a big risk, choosing to pan the camera at a low shutter speed, however I’m quite please with the results.
About the Photographer
Cameron Spencer is an award-winning Getty Images photographer, based in Sydney, Australia. He has been a staff photographer with Getty Images for 12 years, in which time he has covered several major sporting occasions including the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup.
To keep up with his fantastic work and travels, you can follow him on twitter.