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Canmore, Alta., pho­tog­ra­pher Kris­tian Bogner (who snapped the door­way on the pre­vi­ous page) first learned how im­por­tant a sin­gle mo­ment can be at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City. He snuck into the media pit and shot Cana­dian Ca­tri­ona Le May Doan as she won gold in speed skat­ing. Bogner used his now sig­na­ture pan­ning tech­nique, which leaves the ath­lete in per­fect fo­cus while the back­ground is blurred, and it was his big break. Here are some tips from Bogner: FIND A REA­SON. “Ask your­self ‘Why do I need to get this shot?’ If you have the ‘why,’ the ‘how’ be­comes eas­ier.” BE STILL. “Hold­ing the cam­era tight makes a big dif­fer­ence be­cause any lit­tle shake in your wrists or hands is go­ing to show up.” BE SPEEDY. “Set your iPhone or cam­era to a quicker re­ac­tion time be­tween tak­ing photos. To get faster, prac­tise by tak­ing shots out of the win­dow of a mov­ing car or train.” BE OFF-CEN­TRE. “If your friend is jump­ing into a pool, leave space in front of or be­hind him or her for a sense of dis­tance or height.” n

Kris­tian Bogner with his fiancée, Sarah Ride­out, in Ladakh, In­dia

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