THE BIRD OR THE BOLT ?

How does pho­tograph­ing Usain Bolt at full speed com­pare with shoot­ing fast-mov­ing wildlife? Lou ex­plains the dif­fer­ence…

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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!”

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