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What's the sports image that you consider the greatest, and what makes it great for you?
Some that come immediately to mind for me are.
Firstly a topical one, Gazza in tears following defeat in the Italia 90 world cup, for the pure emotion in his face and how it represented how pretty much every England fan felt at that moment.
Or Bolt taking time to smile for the camera whilst breaking the 100 meter world record, which to me just says the man is awesome. An incredible achievement and he still had more in reserve!
Perhaps because I've recently watched Invictus, but Mandela's hand on Hansie Cronje's shoulder as he is given the Rugby World Cup, shows how an underperforming team can be turned into world champions and inspire an entire nation.
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This is the one for me. Ballesteros is a great golfer and always attacked the field, sometimes in a very cavalier fashion. This image has always reminded me of him as torero, daring anyone to come close. Chris Smith was to my mind one of the best sports photographers of his time. You could always pick him out at Twickenham with his cameras because he was never anywhere near the mob. Oh, and he rarely used his motor drive!
I've always loved the work of Eamonn McCabe, he was a big inspiration to me when I started out, but my favourite sports photo is this one
but I would say that !!!
Inspiration for my cycling photography has to be Graham Watson, superb photographer and general nice all round chap who takes time to answer questions.
Possibly the Mohammed Ali V Ken Norton photo showing Ali landing a knockout blow was what got me interested in photography. It had everything, power, sweat, feeling, and all in black and white with a manual focus camera too.
Most sports photos I've had published are destined to be chip wrapping and then forgotten
Off te top of my head this and this
Quote: Possibly the Mohammed Ali V Ken Norton photo showing Ali landing a knockout blow was what got me interested in photography. It had everything, power, sweat, feeling, and all in black and white with a manual focus camera too.
This one? Take about capturing the moment, that image has it all, you certainly wouldn't want to be on the receiving end of that. I'm not a boxing fan in the slightest, but that's a great image, as is the one of Norton on the ropes.
Quote: Most sports photos I've had published are destined to be chip wrapping and then forgotten
I know the feeling, but these days they don't even get that thanks to health and safety. Now its just recycled.
That's the one.
I'm no fan of boxing, but the images taken of it in the 40s, 50s and 60s with 5x4 speedgraphic cameras were simply sublime.
Ah bums and tits, tabloids would be sunk w/o them
This one isn't bad
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