Of all those who followed the spectacular moments of Rio 2016, sports photographers who got to cover the event are arguably the ones who got to experience the best of it. This is certainly the case for one particular world-renown, multi-award winning photographer and Nikon UK Ambassador: Bob Martin. In this blog, Bob, who not only covered the event but also consulted the Rio Olympic Organising Committee, shares the best shots of the event and what it took to capture them.
“So here I am finally taking a break from my long summer of Sport. I am sitting by the pool near Rio on holiday between the Olympics which I covered for the American magazine ‘Sports Illustrated’, and the Paralympics I am covering for the IOC Olympic Information Service. Having been through all my pictures from the Olympics these are the ones I am most proud of in no particular order.”
“This was shot on a Nikon D5 with a NIKKOR 300mm f2.8. 2500 ISO 1/2000 th second Aperture at F2.8. I like this picture as Usain Bolt didn’t show that much emotion as he won his races in Rio and this captured a rare moment of jubilation and also features one of his main rivals form the USA in the background.
I chose to stay on a 300 mm rather than play safe on a 70-200 mm even shooting at 12 frames a second. All 42 of the finish were pin sharp – a great testament to the D5’s autofocus capabilities and amazing quality at 2500 ISO!”
“This picture was shot whilst I was using the Nikon Robotic cameras Si installed in the roof of many of the arenas in Rio. The cameras are bolted up in the roof and are fully controlled from the media centre. Pan,Tilt, Focus, Zoom and all camera setting are changed from the PC. I shot far too many frames trying to get one just right but it was worth it, even Karin Schnasse of Germany (the subject) liked the picture! ”
“I spent a long time researching and looking for positions on the cycling course that would showcase Brazil. The Mens Race was the first big event of the Games and this amazing backdrop was just what I was looking for. I took the bus organized for the photographers out to the course. Most of the good angles were very backlit so I chose to miss the bus back to the finish line to shoot this picture on the final, least backlit lap. It cost me a four mile walk in 32 degrees to find a taxi however…”
“As a fiercely proud Brit I was very happy to get this picture of Mo Farrah jumping for joy after winning the 5000m and his second gold medal. A big British moment not that interesting for my American employers however!”
“I shot this at dusk from the top of The Windsor Atlantica Hotel during the mens semi final match between Brazil and Holland. It was shot on a Nikon D5 with a NIKKOR 14-24 set at 16 mm. 2000 ISO 1/160th second, Aperture at F5. I like it because I was the only photographer to get this vantage point. It took a lot of politics and negotiations I scouted it and shot it during the test event last year. It was very difficult to arrange the hotel had a very tight security policy during the games. For this semi final nature came up with a nice sunset and the ideal time was just after sunset at 17.36, the balance of daylight and floodlights was only perfect for about 4 minutes!”