THE BIRD OR THE BOLT ?
How does photographing Usain Bolt at full speed compare with shooting fast-moving wildlife? Lou explains the difference…
Which subject presents the biggest challenge?
The most difficult subject is small birds up close with action, using a telephoto lens. You’ve got depth of field of a centimetre and a half, and if they jump they’re out of the frame. I’ve got sports photographers that come with me, and once we were photographing a lilac-breasted roller. It was on the perch and it hit an insect in flight and came back. I nailed it. This guy sitting next to me said, “I’m not getting it.” I said, “You’re focus tracking with lock on. Switch it off, and try the next one.” He nailed it. I said to him, “You sports photographers, you think when Usain Bolt gets out of the tracks that guy’s fast. Try photographing a lilac-breasted roller!”