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August 10, 2008 9:00 PM

Olympics: Phelps Goes Gold Again

Posted by Rod Mar

USA's Michael Phelps just won his second gold medal as he and the rest of the 4x100 freestyle squad smashed a world record in a dramatic come-from-behind win.

I just finished transmitting on deadline from the Water Cube, and thought I'd do a quick little post of photos from the event (if these photos aren't toned very well, I moved them quickly back to the paper -- in fact, they had them 10 minutes after the race).

Jason Lezak had the swim of a lifetime as he erased a lead in the final 50 meters to seal the gold medal.



(Nikon D3, VR 400mm/f2.8 lens + 1.4 extender = 550mm, ISO 1600, 1/1000th sec.,f4.0)

Up on the pool deck, Phelps and teammate Garrett Weber-Gale celebrated wildly.



(Nikon D3, VR 400mm/f2.8 lens + 1.4 extender = 550mm, ISO 1600, 1/1000th sec.,f4.0)

The judges in the backgrounds are always a challenge:



(Nikon D3, VR 400mm/f2.8 lens + 1.4 extender = 550mm, ISO 1600, 1/1000th sec.,f4.0)

A group hug after Lezak exited the pool made a nice frame, but the judge kinda messes with the background again.



(Nikon D3, VR 400mm/f2.8 lens + 1.4 extender = 550mm, ISO 1600, 1/1000th sec.,f4.0)

My first assignment before the Phelps race was to shoot local swimmer Megan Jendrick in the breast stroke.



(Nikon D3, VR 400mm/f2.8 lens + 1.4 extender = 550mm, ISO 1600, 1/1000th sec.,f4.0)



(Nikon D3, VR 400mm/f2.8 lens + 1.4 extender = 550mm, ISO 1600, 1/1000th sec.,f4.0)

Yesterday, I'd shot from low to the pool deck, so today I'd chosen a high position looking down the lanes. I was in a good position to see her come out of the water on each stroke. It's hard, but I try to keep in mind shooting from different angles, even if I have to choose an angle that might not be "the best."

In this case, it worked out. Jendrick finished fourth in her heat to advance to the medal finals. I liked the angle and decided it would be good for the relay since I'd shot Phelps from low yesterday.

Now, where's breakfast?

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Posted by Gar

12:06 AM, Aug 11, 2008

A fantastic race, and some very memorable shots you got there! Awesome.

Posted by Steven

12:15 AM, Aug 11, 2008

Lezak was amazing coming back from half a body length down. Those are some great pictures. Thanks!

Posted by harold

12:24 AM, Aug 11, 2008

Rod, you are doing a wonderful job with this blog. I'm eternally grateful for this insider's look at your job, particularly knowing the problems you're having with internet access!

Posted by harold

12:27 AM, Aug 11, 2008

... and your photos might not be perfectly toned but yowser, that Phelps guy certainly is!

Posted by Alan

8:02 AM, Aug 11, 2008

Rod, great stuff!

Posted by Ralph

6:17 AM, Aug 12, 2008

My compliments on the photographs but what I most appreciate is the commentary on making them. The best thing of all is to watch and listen as a professional applies rigorous, perhaps harsh and exaggerated standards to his own work, staying critical, even dismissive, of images most people would be proud to show. That's a far more important lesson to teach by example than how to adjust the exposure.

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Aug 11, 08 - 08:49 PM
Olympics: Michael Phelps Wins Gold, is Overexposed.

Aug 11, 08 - 09:25 AM
Olympics: Foiled Again.

Aug 10, 08 - 11:57 PM
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Olympics: Phelps Goes Gold Again

Aug 10, 08 - 08:40 AM
Olympics: Dunk You Very Much

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