Shooting through the Olympic flame

August 10, 2012

By Max Rossi

In one word: a nightmare!

From my top position above the flame I have to fight with it every day and the results are both frustrating and exciting. Frustrating when a nice celebration or action are completely blurred by the heat, exciting when the heat and the composition of the picture work well together.

The best results are produced on sunny mornings as the light difference between the track and the flame is minimal so you can have the correct exposure. During the night the difference is larger so you have an overexposed flame as the track is still dark. But the funny thing about this kind of picture is that you can have a sort of tilt lens effect without even using one.

The javelin throw is a good example of this kind of picture as you can have sharp focus on the head as the rest of the image is totally blurred. Another issue is the focusing: shooting exactly through the flame you obviously have the athlete blurred so you can decide to either have the flame in focus or the blurred image in focus. Depending on which lens you use, you will have different results, both of them interesting.

Anyway shooting through the flame is a different picture and the flame is the symbol of the Olympics so I’m having fun!

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