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  • RIO 2016 blog – Behind the Camera: “Throwing Spikes” by Ronald Hoogendoorn

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    17-08-2016 BRA: Olympic Games day 12, Rio de Janeiro Dafne Schippers in het midden die het zilver pakte op de 100meter. Links de winnares Elaine Thompson en Tori Bowie die het brons pakte.
    17-08-2016 BRA: Olympic Games day 12, Rio de Janeiro. Dafne Schippers(NED) in the middle land in the 200 metre final for women, winning a silver medal. On the left Elaine Thompson won gold and Tori Bowie won the bronze medal. Nikon D5 body | AF-S NIKKOR 600mm F4.0E FL VR | 1/1250 s. | F4.0  Copyright: Ronald Hoogendoorn

     

    Dutch sports photographer Ronald Hoogendoorn: “The talented Dafne Schippers (NED) produced a breathtaking performance last year by winning gold in the 200 metres at the Beijing World Championship Athletics. As a result the attention and pressure before the Olympics was extremely high for the Dutch athlete. In the Netherlands, everyone thought she would bring home gold in the 200 metres easily, and maybe the 100 metres too!

    Schippers only managed a silver medal at the 200 metres though, and immediately after the race it was clear she did not enjoy this achievement. The Utrecht-born athlete was angry that she was unable to beat Elaine Thompson from Jamaica. Still full of adrenaline, barely a minute after the race, Schippers slammed her shoes fiercely on the ground.

    Preparing for such a final you need to find a strategic place with a clear view in all necessary directions, with a minimum number of camera people, officials and pool photographers standing in your way. This time I chose the “head on” position at the finish.

    That worked out pretty well. Schippers crossed the finish line falling down, lay down for a while, and threw her shoes in anger. All of this I continuously monitored through the viewfinder of my D5 with a 600mm lens, without missing a shot.”

     

    17-08-2016 BRA: Olympic Games day 12, Rio de Janeiro Vallend over de finish maar 1 tiende seconde te langzaam
    17-08-2016 BRA: Olympic Games day 12, Rio de Janeiro. Schippers crossing the finish line, one tenth of a second too late. Nikon D5 body | AF-S NIKKOR 600mm F4.0E FL VR | 1/1250 s. | F4.0   Copyright: Ronald Hoogendoorn

     

     

    17-08-2016 BRA: Olympic Games day 12, Rio de Janeiro Uitgeput, balend blijf ze op de grond liggen als ze ziet dat Elaine Thompson goud heeft
    17-08-2016 BRA: Olympic Games day 12, Rio de Janeiro. Exhausted, Schippers lies down on the ground, disappointed when she notices Elaine Thompson won gold. Nikon D5 body | AF-S NIKKOR 600mm F4.0E FL VR | 1/1250 s. | F4.0 Copyright: Ronald Hoogendoorn

     

    17-08-2016 BRA: Olympic Games day 12, Rio de Janeiro Een minuut later kwam de frustratie eruit en smeet ze haar schoen op de grond
    17-08-2016 BRA: Olympic Games day 12, Rio de Janeiro. Shortly after the finish Schippers releases the tension throwing her spikes on the ground.  Nikon D5 body | AF-S NIKKOR 600mm F4.0E FL VR | 1/640 s. | F4.0  Copyright: Ronald Hoogendoorn

     

    17-08-2016 BRA: Olympic Games day 12, Rio de Janeiro en feliciteerde ze Thompson en de Amerikaanse Tori Bowie en liep teleurgesteld weg richting mixed zone.
    17-08-2016 BRA: Olympic Games day 12, Rio de Janeiro. Schippers congratulates Thompson and Bowie and walks away, disappointed and heading for the mixed zone. Nikon D5 body | AF-S NIKKOR 600mm F4.0E FL VR | 1/640 s. | F4.0  Copyright: Ronald Hoogendoorn