Lightning, Bolt strike in Moscow

12 August 2013PhotographySports

Photographer Olivier Morin writing on AFP’s Correspondent blog:

I took this picture with one of five remote-controlled cameras I’d set up by the side of the track to capture the race winner from various angles and perspectives. Of course, I didn’t know for sure who’d win, but when I was setting up the gear it seemed like a fair bet to focus on Usain Bolt’s lane!

The remote-controlled camera that took this picture was the fifth of my rig, set pretty far back, about 30 metres, from the finish line. The idea was to make a photo of the winner with his arms raised and with the stadium in the background, as well as capturing a little bit of the sky.

Morin’s photo captures a lighting bolt in the sky above the Moscow stadium as Usain Bolt claims victory in the men’s 100-metre final of the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Athletics. A once-in-a-lifetime photograph.

(Via DPReview)