Mesmerized By Phelps Images from Beijing?

That’s it, we will have to go to Vancouver in 2010. A day later, I am still watching the replay of Michael Phelps winning his 7th gold medal by a hundredth of a second, just unreal, but the images coming out of China are really just as fantastic as Phelps winning another gold.

If you haven’t been following the blog posts from the photographers covering the games for Newsweek, you should check this out. The images of how the photographers setup are great, but Vincent Laforet explains how he shot from the catwalk during the swim meet (see World Records Seen From Above), just incredible shots Vincent.

Although, from the looks of it, if you are not a “pool photographer” you are out of luck sometimes. From what I have read, most of the photographers from Newsweek have had to push, fight, pull, and stand their ground when it came to staking a claim to their photographic shooting turf.

They are certainly hard fought images and positions over there, but they still manage to come away with some really great shots, and Michael Phelps has won his 7th gold metal by a hundredth of a second, still. Soon he will try for the 8th and final relay, can’t wait to watch the race.

Olympic Gold in China for Photos and Photographers

Have you been following the Olympics? Working from a home office gives me the advantage to have the coverage on all the time and it has been great. If you can watch during the day you get some of the less highlighted sports in the summer games like Badminton, indoor volleyball, fencing and more.

The swimming is of great interest to those of us here in Auburn. The Auburn University Swim and Dive program has become one of the premiere training grounds for Olympic swimmers, worldwide, and it is really something to watch the swimmers from right here in Auburn compete so strongly in each event.

Auburn Womans Gymnastics

Auburn Men\'s Swim Team

One area of interest to me of course are the incredible photos that are coming out of Beijing. I have been following Vincent Laforet, an incredible photographer who is covering the Olympics for Newsweek, (see most recent post for Newsweek called Things Are Starting to Click—and I’m Not Talking Only About Cameras This Time) and each day he has brought the world more incredible images of the summer games in Beijing.

Watching these event on TV, like the U.S. Gymnastics team win gold or seeing Michael Phelps break his own world record, is great, but being there and taking those images with your own eyes must really be something. Vincent, through his photography of the Olympics can give us a perspective that shows the intensity of the competition, the agony of all the training that it took to get there, and the faces of winning a gold metal.

The Summer Games in Beijing has inspired me to get moving with our plans for the Winter Games in Vancouver 2010, now only a year and a half left before the opening ceremonies in February 2010. I hope our plans to go to the winter games in Vancouver will come to pass, if so, I will be lugging all my camera equipment to Canada to get what action I can get.  It won’t matter if I am shooting for a local paper, or something bigger, there will be some incredible photographic opportunities in Canada in 2010, and I plan on being there.

Of course there are thousands of photographers covering the Summer Olympics in China. Another also shooting for Newsweek, Donald Miralle, has also produced some fantastic images (see his latest post Badminton is My New Favorite Sport).  Another is Mike Powell (also shooting for Newsweek, see A Bit of Sun) who has captured some great shots of the gymnastics and kayaking.

Vincent also maintains a personal blog (latest post Things Are Starting to Click—and I’m Not Talking Only About Cameras This Time), although he requests comments be left on the Newsweek blog to save a bit of editing time on his end. Great job Vincent, Donald, and Mike, I love photos that inspire, that is what keeps photography alive and exciting.