Olympic record holders, photographed from above

Here’s a fantastic, detailed, beautifully-illustrated blog post by a Newsweek photographer on how he gets overhead and remotely-triggered shots at the Olympics. If you imagine a whole herd of geared-up, world-class photogs (what do you call a group of photographers? a shutter of photographers? a composition of photographers? an exposure of photographers? sheesh, get back on track) — all climbing a 20-foot ladder to stand on a catwalk above elite athletes having the biggest day of their lives, you can see the potential for problems. Those long telephoto lenses are right heavy when you’re stuck holding them for hours. What if you dropped a lens cap into the ring? What if you had to pee? Ah, but it’s all worth it for shots like this.

Natalie Coughlin, photographed by Vincent Laforet

Natalie Coughlin, photographed by Vincent Laforet

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