(Note: I just got ahold of the raw files so I went back and reprocessed these shots. The early files had been resized a couple of times so they didn't really show the true image quality. If you click on these you'll get a bigger image too. I also decided that I liked an earlier frame of the image below. So I changed that too. Photographers really shouldn't be their own editors.)
I'm shooting a pretty good games here, perhaps out of experience. This however is an example of an image that technically wasn't possible before the Nikon D3 hit the scene.
I made this through 1040mm of glass at 1/500 of a second at f6.7 at... 3200 iso. This file is smoking. The quality is stunning, its just hard to believe.
In the past I would have shot this using the slowest film speed possible. Think Kodachrome 200 pushed a stop and a third (at the most). It took me almost two weeks, but I decided to trust the camera and use the higher iso speeds.
There was a slim chance that this angle would even work. The Nikon gear allowed me to take that chance.
Somebody asked me at the track why I was using so much glass, I said, "This is the Olympics. What are you saving it for?"
Not only was this angle something a little different for a sprint finish, it also allowed me to be under the scoreboard when Jamaica's Usaim Bolt looked up to see his world record smashing time in the men's 200.
The photographer's moat was empty at this spot. Just me and two other photographers for ten yards in either direction.
OK, now that the Nikon ad is out of the way, let me explain why this is a world exclusive.
Do you believe that I was unable to get this image published in the mainstream press... anywhere (at least to this point)?
Yeah, me either.
This just happens to be from the Olympics, but right now there are photographers producing amazing work all over the world, who are also unable to get it published. Except maybe on a blog here or there.
Publishers, I know you want to drive readers to your websites. I know once they get there you want them to stay. Listen, the only way you are going to accomplish this goal and save your penny-pinching, massive layoff inducing, sorry asses is by publishing content of the highest possible quality.
When are you going to learn?
When are you going to adapt?
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