Giant on the move
Beijing Games: picture of the day
Russell Boyce writes: Great contacts and hard work led to Reuters News Pictures photographer Hans Deryk getting exclusive pictures of Usain Bolt, the 100m world record holder at the National Stadium.
The simple picture of Bolt posing with the specially made gold running shoes that he will wear when he aims for Olympic gold are a perfect blend of a sports news value with timing and place. After all, how much better could it get: the fastest man, being seen for the first time at the venue with is new running shoes.
Bolt posing, sitting down in front of the Bird’s Nest, his shoes in the foreground and arms stretched has led to a great shaped image that embraces the viewer and draws them into an eye catching picture.
Russell Boyce is Reuters chief photographer, Asia. For a selection of other great Reuters pix from the Games click here.
Note: The text was amended on Aug. 6 at 0347 to remove a reference to Bolt defending his title.