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  • RIO 2016 blog – Behind the Camera: “A Quiet Sport” by Markus Gilliar

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    During the victory ceremony of the Dressage Team Grand Prix Special in the equestrian stadium of Deodoro the horse Cosmo of goldmedal winner Soeren Rothenberger (Germany) did shy and hit the head of his broom Robert Sanderson. The laceration of Sanderson had to be sewn in hospital
    August 12, 2016  During the victory ceremony of the Dressage Team Grand Prix Special in the Equestrian Stadium of Deodoro, the horse „Cosmo“ of gold medal winner Soeren Rothenberger (Germany) reared up and hit the head of his groom Robert Sanderson. The resulting laceration on Sanderson had to be sewn up in hospital.  Nikon D5 | AF-S NIKKOR 400 mm 1:2,8E FL ED VR | ISO 500 | 1/1600 s. | f 3,2 Copyright: Markus Gilliar / GES-Sportfoto

     

    Markus Gilliar:  “Equestrian is a quiet sport. No duels, no struggles. In the background you hear elevator-music. It’s a challenge to produce exciting photos, but sometimes you need also luck combined with very fast autofocus for an extraordinary picture.”

    Gold medal winner Isabel Werth on her horse Weihegold staying behind a judge house and waiting for the beginning of the event
    August 12, 2016 Eventual Gold medal winner Isabel Werth (Germany) on her horse “Weihegold”, staying behind a judge house and waiting for the start of the contest. Nikon D5 | AF-S NIKKOR 400 mm 1:2,8E FL ED VR | ISO 250 | 1/1000 s | F3,2   Copyright: Markus Gilliar / GES-Sportfoto

     

    “Pictures from the athletes at the dressage course are seen 1000+ times, so I tried to find a special angle for another view and I waited for a long time at this position till Isabel Werth started her round.”

     

    Gold medal winner Charlotte Dujardin (Great Britain) and her horse Valegro during her individual freestyle dressage Grand prix in the equestrian stadium of Deodoro.
    August 16, 2016  Gold medal winner Charlotte Dujardin (Great Britain) and her horse “Valegro” during her individual freestyle dressage Grand prix performance in the Equestrian Stadium of Deodoro.   Nikon D5 |AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm F2,8G ED |  ISO 200 , 1/2000 s. | F4,5  Copyright: Markus Gilliar / GES-Sportfoto

     

    “For this picture I went to the spectator’s tribune on the opposite site of the media tribune to capture the atmosphere of the stadium.”

     

    Officers bringing the flags for the victory ceremony at Deodoro equestrian Stadium. The british flag is for gold medal winner Charlotte Dujardin (Great Britain) and her horse Valegro for her individual freestyle dressage Grand prix performance in the equestrian stadium of Deodoro
    August 16, 2016  Officers bringing the flags for the victory ceremony at the Deodoro equestrian Stadium. The British flag is for gold medal winner Charlotte Dujardin and her horse “Valegro” for her individual freestyle dressage Grand Prix.  Nikon D5 | AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm F2,8G ED | ISO 64 | 1/1250 s. | F3,2   Copyright: Markus Gilliar / GES-Sportfoto

     

    “There are many banal shots from different victory ceremonies. Portraits, medals, pretty boring. I wanted to tell a short and different story in association with the winner.”

     

    Bio: Markus Gilliar (53) has been a professional sports photographer since 1985. He is the founder and owner of the sports photography agency GES-Sportfoto located near Karlsruhe/Germany. Markus covered nine Olympic Games, eight Football European Championships and seven Football World Cups.

    He welcomes the time to cover the variety of sports presenting themselves during the Olympics as a form of balance to the more routine soccer season coverage and assignment photography. He especially enjoys these two weeks, ‘going free-style’ as he calls it, to seek out sports that are typically not front and cover.

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