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Sports Blogs: IAAF World Championships 2013

Welcome to the CPN Photo Blogs from the IAAF World Championships 2013.
Some of the world’s top sports photographers are blogging with the stories behind their pictures live from the event, of which Canon is an Official Partner and Sponsor.

Aug18

Keeping up Appearances!

By Adrian Dennis, Sunday August 18, 2013

Athletes compete during the Men's 4x100 metres Relay Final at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 18 August 2013. © Adrian Dennis/AFP

The last session came and went. Usain Bolt kept up appearances and won yet another gold medal, blasting through the finish line - this time to secure 4x100m Relay gold for Jamaica to conclude the Championships. I began the day with the Women’s Javelin. Showing my bravado I was shooting the athletes on a straight Canon 500mm…

The last session came and went. Usain Bolt kept up appearances and won yet another gold medal, blasting through the finish line - this time to secure 4x100m Relay gold for Jamaica to conclude the Championships. I began the day with the Women’s Javelin. Showing my bravado I was shooting the athletes on a straight Canon 500mm lens. If I can I try to shoot differently from my "opposition". If I have to sit beside another photographer I may go extremely tight or use a completely different exposure. When I can I’ll sit somewhere different, be the odd one out. Luckily I have “free-rein” with Agence France-Presse (AFP); the boss doesn’t tell me what to get. Admittedly sometimes it doesn’t work. But I’m stubborn like that. Midway through I moved to the Triple Jump, crawling beneath the TV camera and cooking my achy knees on the hot surface of the track. Frenchman Teddy Tamgho did the business. I forewent his last jump and positioned myself in front of his coach, wide angle lens at the ready. I spent the next 10 minutes going from pillar-to-post chasing him and his tricolour before he decided to take it easy and take a rest underneath the scoreboard.

France's Yoann Rapinier competes in the Men's Triple Jump Final at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 18 August 2013. © Adrian Dennis/AFP

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Aug18

Cool Runnings

By Julian Finney, Sunday August 18, 2013

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce crosses the line to win gold for Jamaica in the Women's 4x100 metres Relay Final during Day Nine of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 18 August 2013. © Julian Finney/Getty Images

The last day at the World Athletics Championships was full of great races to finish the week. With heats and then finals of the 4x100m Relays it was all going on. Positioned around the bend beyond the finish line I was hoping for some reactions. A Jamaican domination in sprinting has continued throughout…

The last day at the World Athletics Championships was full of great races to finish the week. With heats and then finals of the 4x100m Relays it was all going on. Positioned around the bend beyond the finish line I was hoping for some reactions. A Jamaican domination in sprinting has continued throughout this event. My favourite frame was of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica celebrating over the line as she and her team won in a World Record time. I shot this on a 400mm f/2.8L lens and focus followed every frame... a very sharp lens which has a great hit rate. See you next time!

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Aug18

The Last Day

By Giancarlo Colombo, Sunday August 18, 2013

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce celebrates the gold medal for Jamaica after running the last leg of the Women's 4x100m Relay Final during Day Nine of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 18 August 2013. © Giancarlo Colombo

Today was the last day of these IAAF World Championships and insiders and athletes were all tired. We were all looking forward to going back home and seeing our families, but we had to stay here because the day wasn't finished till the end of the closing ceremony. This morning was pretty quiet, but this afternoon…

Today was the last day of these IAAF World Championships and insiders and athletes were all tired. We were all looking forward to going back home and seeing our families, but we had to stay here because the day wasn't finished till the end of the closing ceremony. This morning was pretty quiet, but this afternoon we saw incredible events and also eight finals. What a day!

Between these challenges, there was one race that everyone was waiting for: the Men's 4x100 metres Relay Final! We saw 32 guys from eight different countries fighting for one medal: the gold! But just one country achieved victory: Jamaica! Thanks to this medal a major record has been broken by Usain Bolt: he has surpassed the big American Champion Carl Lewis in the quality of world medals won. Usain Bolt has won 10 medals, like Carl Lewis, but the difference is that Bolt has won eight gold and two silver medals, whilst Lewis won eight gold, one silver and one bronze medal. Moreover his team did the season's best time in the relay with 36.36 seconds and he repeated what he already did at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Games and in Berlin 2009; a wonderful triple, winning the 100 metres, 200 metres and 4x100 metres. I can only say that he is a big champion!

But I have to add that without Canon I could have not been present here in Moscow for this big event and I could not have shared this crazy world full of strong emotions with you all. For this reason: thanks to all Canon staff and to all the people that made this possible! I hope you enjoyed my blogs. Ciao!

Usain Bolt (Jamaica) after running the last leg of the Men's 4x100m Relay Final during Day Nine of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 18 August 2013. © Giancarlo Colombo

Asbel Kiprop (centre) of Kenya was the winner of the Men's 1500m Final during Day Nine of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 18 August 2013. © Giancarlo Colombo

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Aug18

Moscow – Spasibo…

By Ian MacNicol, Sunday August 18, 2013

Will Claye of USA competes in the Final of the Men's Triple Jump during Day Nine of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 18 August 2013. © Ian MacNicol/INPHO

It’s all done and dusted, and what have we learned? Jamaica totally dominates the world of sprinting, Yelena Isinbayeva is a legend (if some what a bit politically incorrect)... and Canon looks to be well on top in the camera equipment world with the majority of photographers choosing…

It’s all done and dusted, and what have we learned? Jamaica totally dominates the world of sprinting, Yelena Isinbayeva is a legend (if some what a bit politically incorrect)... and Canon looks to be well on top in the camera equipment world with the majority of photographers choosing it over another rival make. A big 'thank you' must go to the chaps at Canon who looked after us so well – lending us kit and cleaning and servicing our own for us, not to mention wining and dining us at the mid-week party.

So, back to the athletics... the Jamaicans won both the sprint relays. From a photography point of view both Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (she really is one of the biggest names in sprinting!) and Bolt gave us a little more than usual – not a huge amount but Bolt gave us a dip for the line and Fraser-Pryce a bit of a fist pump; we are grateful for both. I shot both finishes from the moat, slightly round the bend from the finish line, on an EOS-1D X and a 400mm f/2.8L II lens – Fraser-Pryce at 1/2000th of a second at f/3.2 and Bolt at 1/1250th of a second at f/3.5. And so ends my time in Moscow – I’m not a blogger by nature but, if you have been reading them, thank you and I hope you have enjoyed them.

Usain Bolt throws his head back in celebration as he anchors Jamaica to victory in the Men's 4x100m Relay Final during Day Nine of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 18 August 2013. © Ian MacNicol/INPHO

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica pumps her fist as she brings her team home in first place in the Women's 4x100m Relay Final during Day Nine of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 18 August 2013. © Ian MacNicol/INPHO

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Aug18

Out of the shadows!

By Ian Walton, Sunday August 18, 2013

Sally Pearson of Australia (centre) competing in the Women's 100 metres Hurdles heats during Day Seven of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium,Moscow, Russia, on 16 August 2013 in Moscow, Russia. This image was shot with a 300mm f/2.8L lens; the exposure was 1/6400 sec at f/4, ISO 320. © Ian Walton/Getty Images

The last few days I was based out-of-field and the main shots I was looking for were with the cleanest backgrounds. The track in the morning light is the hardest time - there are no crowds and the empty yellow seats are lit up by the morning sun. When the Women's 100 metres Hurdles began the sun was lighting the…

The last few days I was based out-of-field and the main shots I was looking for were with the cleanest backgrounds. The track in the morning light is the hardest time - there are no crowds and the empty yellow seats are lit up by the morning sun. When the Women's 100 metres Hurdles began the sun was lighting the start line so I moved side-on to the hurdles and shot into the shadow, exposing the direct sunlight to capture the Australian athlete Sally Pearson using a 300mm f/2.8L lens.

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Aug17

The Eyes Have It

By Jamie Squire, Saturday August 17, 2013

Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates winning the gold medal in the Men's 200 metres Final during Day Eight of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 17 August 2013. © Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Usain Bolt won again. This time it was the Men's 200m Final. On Saturday night Bolt crossed the line first and beat out a strong field of competitors to take the gold medal. Once again he ran around the stadium strutting and posing in front of a large crowd. Once he passed my position on the finish…

Usain Bolt won again. This time it was the Men's 200m Final. On Saturday night Bolt crossed the line first and beat out a strong field of competitors to take the gold medal. Once again he ran around the stadium strutting and posing in front of a large crowd. Once he passed my position on the finish line it was tempting to think I was done for the night. Others around me began packing up remote cameras and putting away all their gear. I did as well, but I kept a camera out just in case...

When Bolt had made a full lap, he walked over to the finish line, posed in his usual pose with one arm outstretched and his finger pointing, and then did a more curious thing. He put both arms up from his side and looked skyward, but not before he gave a look in which his eyes practically popped out of his head. It happened in a split second. Luckily I had that camera available. I picked up my EOS-1D X and 300mm f/2.8L lens and pointed it in his direction. One frame and it was over. It always pays to make sure you are ready to shoot at all times!

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Aug17

'Canon's Red Square'

By Julian Finney, Saturday August 17, 2013

Tadese Tola of Eritrea leads the pack in front of Saint Basil's Cathedral in the Men's Marathon on 17 August 2013 in Moscow, Russia. © Julian Finney/Getty Images

The Men's Marathon was up next and my position for this was at the bottom of Red Square with a view of the famous Saint Basil's Cathedral. It was an amazing view and one you had to arrive early for. This being a popular spot with photographers I arrived a few hours early to make sure I got this position. After a patient…

The Men's Marathon was up next and my position for this was at the bottom of Red Square with a view of the famous Saint Basil's Cathedral. It was an amazing view and one you had to arrive early for. This being a popular spot with photographers I arrived a few hours early to make sure I got this position. After a patient wait the runners were on their way to us. As they approached us, and turned the tight bend, it resulted in a shot of the athletes with the views behind. I shot this on my most used lens, the EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM; a great lens for the many sports I cover throughout the year. Another thing I noticed whilst shooting this picture was a board with the word 'Canon'; now I couldn't crop that out... could I? For a week at least it was known as 'Canon's Red Square'.

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Aug17

Victorious moments

By Laci Perényi, Saturday August 17, 2013

Usain Bolt (Jamaica) celebrates after winning the Men's 200m Final during Day Eight of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 17 August 2013. © Laci Perényi/SportPhoto by Laci Perényi

I shot Usain Bolt posing with his trademark ‘lightning bolt’ celebration after his second victory of the World Championships, this time in the Men's 200 metres. The photo was taken with the Canon EOS-1D X DSLR and a 600mm f/4L lens. With a winning smile on her face the young American Brianna Rollins crossed the line in the…

I shot Usain Bolt posing with his trademark ‘lightning bolt’ celebration after his second victory of the World Championships, this time in the Men's 200 metres. The photo was taken with the Canon EOS-1D X DSLR and a 600mm f/4L lens. With a winning smile on her face the young American Brianna Rollins crossed the line in the Women's 100m Hurdles Final as a World Champion at Moscow 2013. This photo was taken with a Canon EOS-1D X and a 600mm f/4L lens.

Brianna Rollins (USA) crossing the line to claim victory in the Women's 100m Hurdles during Day Eight of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 17 August 2013. © Laci Perényi/SportPhoto by Laci Perényi

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Aug17

The trouble with our job is... everyone thinks they can do it

By Ian MacNicol, Saturday August 17, 2013

Brianna Rollins (USA) dips on the line to claim victory in the Women's 100m Hurdles during Day Eight of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 17 August 2013. © Ian MacNicol/INPHO

It’s the second last day of the Championships and it feels like a bit of déjà vu. I trudge up to Red Square for the Men’s Marathon; I’m sure I’ve been here before? En route I manage to procure the ultimate matryoshka doll – Scooby Doo! My five-year-old son will approve. Purely from a photography…

It’s the second last day of the Championships and it feels like a bit of déjà vu, I trudge up to Red Square for the Men’s Marathon; I’m sure I’ve been here before? En route I manage to procure the ultimate matryoshka doll – Scooby Doo! My five-year-old son will approve. Purely from a photography point of view it’s a great pity the Marathon wasn’t brought right up to Red Square and St. Basil’s Cathedral - the photos could have been iconic. Instead not once but thrice it was brought tantalisingly close. The turning point for 15km, 25km and 35km had the Cathedral in background but there was a lot to contend with, including overhead cables and advertising boards. As photographers we can be both very creative and industrious but to get the perfect photo here was never within our grasp, which was incredibly frustrating – knowing that with a little bit of input beforehand from photographers the Moscow Marathon could have been immortalised forever.

I then high-tailed it back to the Luzhniki Stadium for the rest of the night where the second instalment of 'The Usain Bolt Show' took place, Brianna Rollins took Sally Pearson’s 100m Hurdles title, Svetiana Shkolina took gold in the High Jump, Jessica Beard stuck her tongue out at us... and Usain Bolt took Warren Weir’s photograph! All in a day’s work.

It's not all glamour in our job - as Jessica Beard sticks her tongue out at the photographers during Day Eight of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 17 August 2013. © Ian MacNicol/INPHO

The problem with our job is everyone thinks they're a photographer... and I'm not necessarily talking about Usain Bolt!... only jesting Adrian! © Ian MacNicol/INPHO

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Aug17

Crash, Bang Wallop - Oh, what a picture!

By Adrian Dennis, Saturday August 17, 2013

Jamaica's Usain Bolt (left) celebrates after winning the Men's 200 metres Final at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 17 August 2013. © Adrian Dennis/AFP

A leisurely morning was had by all – photographers that is. Most of them were on the hunt for Russian dolls at the market. I’ve been on assignment in Moscow once before, hence my wife is getting a pair of cashmere socks! She’s one lucky lady! The evening session started easily, the setting sun created…

A leisurely morning was had by all – photographers that is. Most of them were on the hunt for Russian dolls at the market. I’ve been on assignment in Moscow once before, hence my wife is getting a pair of cashmere socks! She’s one lucky lady! The evening session started easily, the setting sun created a nice highlight on the spectators. I couldn’t resist to “do” the obligatory silhouette of the Women’s High Jump Final. Luckily all of the field events finished on cue and we got in position for the Men’s 200 metres Final. True to form, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt blew past his rivals and won the race in sub-20 seconds. It was my turn tonight to follow the speed-merchant on his victory lap. He even took a few pictures of us before heading off to celebrate with the crowd on the back straight.

An athlete competes during the Women's High Jump Final at the 2013 IAAF World Championships at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 17 August 2013. © Adrian Dennis/AFP

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Aug17

Soft Landing

By Julian Finney, Saturday August 17, 2013

Fabrizio Schembri of Italy competes in the Men's Triple Jump qualification during Day Seven of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, in the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 16 August 2013. © Julian Finney/Getty Images

Our rotation system amongst my colleagues at Getty Images continued to give each of the photographers a variety of angles to shoot from at this event. The remote cameras which we set up in the preview week were giving us some unique angles and it was well worth the extra work. With the huge stadium towering…

Our rotation system amongst my colleagues at Getty Images continued to give each of the photographers a variety of angles to shoot from at this event. The remote cameras which we set up in the preview week were giving us some unique angles and it was well worth the extra work. With the huge stadium towering over the sand pit for the long jump and triple jump an overhead shot could be achieved. Getting some graphic shapes as the jumpers landed in the sand was the goal for the day. My favourite was the Italian Fabrizio Schembri who landed bottom first and created a shape around his soft landing, then flicked up a spray of sand. Using a Canon 300mm f/4L lens clamped to the roof, covering an area of about five metres, meant it was very hit or miss... so I was lucky to get a few nice frames.

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Aug17

Gold for Germany

By Laci Perényi, Saturday August 17, 2013

David Storl (Germany) tosses the Shot in the air during the Men's Shot Put Final on Day Seven of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, 16 August 2013. © Laci Perényi/SportPhoto by Laci Perényi

I managed to capture Germany's newly-crowned Shot Put World Champion David Storl competing at the Moscow Olympic Stadium last night. Storl won the event with a throw of 21.73 metres. This photo was shot during the event with a Canon EOS-1D X DSLR and a Canon EF17-40mm…

I managed to capture Germany's newly-crowned Shot Put World Champion David Storl competing at the Moscow Olympic Stadium last night. Storl won the event with a throw of 21.73 metres. This photo was shot during the event with a Canon EOS-1D X DSLR and a Canon EF17-40mm f/4L USM zoom lens; the exposure was 1/640sec at ISO 2500.

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Aug17

Hail, Hail King Mo!

By Ian MacNicol, Saturday August 17, 2013

Mo Farah of Great Britain (far right) grimaces as he comes down the finishing straight to win the Men's 5000m on Day Seven of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, 16 August 2013. © Ian MacNicol/INPHO

He could very possibly be described as Britain’s greatest distance runner of all time. Last night Mo Farah cemented his place in athletics history as he took a second gold at this year's World Championships here in Moscow. The 30-year-old becomes only the second man ever to hold 10,000m and 5000m Olympic and…

He could very possibly be described as Britain’s greatest distance runner of all time. Last night Mo Farah cemented his place in athletics history as he took a second gold at this year's World Championships here in Moscow. The 30-year-old becomes only the second man ever to hold 10,000m and 5000m Olympic and World titles, following Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele. For a photographer with a bias towards distance running it was a total privilege to watch Farah come off that last bend and leave a world class field trailing in his wake. It’s reported as a young boy his ambition was to play on the right wing for Glasgow Rangers... actually, I made that up, it was Arsenal.

Mo Farah's daughter Rhianna checks if her father’s latest medal really is gold! Day Seven of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, 16 August 2013. © Ian MacNicol/INPHO

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Aug16

Chocks Away

By Adrian Dennis, Friday August 16, 2013

David Storl (Germany) in action during the Men's Shot Put Final on Day Seven of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, 16 August 2013. Storl won the gold medal. © Adrian Dennis/AFP

Tonight was an interesting night on the in-field for remote cameras. I’ve counted them all out; I’m hoping they’ll return safely. It always plays in the back of mind when you spread cameras and lenses about the place, quite often out of my view. But I arrived at the stadium two and a half hours before kick-off to…

Tonight was an interesting night on the in-field for remote cameras. I’ve counted them all out; I’m hoping they’ll return safely. It always plays in the back of mind when you spread cameras and lenses about the place, quite often out of my view. But I arrived at the stadium two and a half hours before kick-off to place a camera in the throwing cage for the Hammer, and others beside the Shot Put and Long Jump finals. Focus and zooms rings were taped so that nothing could move.

There is a camaraderie amongst most photographers but unfortunately sabotage does happen. Sports photography is a competitive world and occasionally people take it to another level. It’s incredibly frustrating to have “gone the extra mile” for an unusual angle, only to find pictures out-of-focus or the transmitter channel changed. I even had a battery taken from a camera – something I discovered only 10 minutes before a 200 metres final. Luckily, another photographer tossed me a spare and I had the camera up and running just in time. Tonight, luckily everything returned home safely and no funny business to boot!

Amanda Bingson (USA) in action during the Women's Hammer Final on Day Seven of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, 16 August 2013. © Adrian Dennis/AFP

Godfrey Mokoena (South Africa) pictured mid-air during the Men's Long Jump Final on Day Seven of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, 16 August 2013. © Adrian Dennis/AFP

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Aug16

Waiting for the King...

By Giancarlo Colombo, Friday August 16, 2013

Usain Bolt in action during the Men's 200m heats on Day Seven of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, 16 August 2013. © Giancarlo Colombo

Today was the big day! All the people here in Moscow were excited for the race that was played out at 7.40pm: the Men's 200m semi-final. After long days full of rain, cold wind and sudden sun-bursts where athletes, spectators and fans from all over the world were intent to pray to their God in order to ask for an opportunity…

Today was the big day! All the people here in Moscow were excited for the race that was played out at 7.40pm: the Men's 200m semi-final. After long days full of rain, cold wind and sudden sun-bursts where athletes, spectators and fans from all over the world were intent to pray to their God in order to ask for an opportunity to win a medal or to thank him for the gift received, now they were all ready for the 'King of Speed': the big Usain Bolt!

No more requests, no more prayers... just curiosity. Curiosity to see what would happen tonight! Would he do a new ballet, new jokes, maybe a new World Record? Would he qualify for the final or would he be knocked out by his opponents? Nobody knew! This morning he ran a very controlled heat and he finished it with a big smile on his face! Tonight we saw athletes of all nationalities fighting against each other, and against the stopwatch, but in the meantime spectators and photographers could just pick up their cameras and be ready to click! A semi-final win in 20.12 seconds and the King will be back tomorrow...

Italy's Women's 4x400m relay team sticking out their tongues for good luck during Day Seven of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, 16 August 2013. © Giancarlo Colombo

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Aug16

Heffernan & the Sparrow

By Julian Finney, Friday August 16, 2013

Gold medallist Robert Heffernan of Ireland on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men's 50km Race Walk during Day Six of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 15 August 2013. © Julian Finney/Getty Images

My next assignment was the medals area and I was quite restricted as to what I could shoot action-wise. My main responsibility was to cover the medal ceremony. Robert Heffernan of Ireland had won the 50km Race Walk and he was up to receive his medal. When the IAAF World Athletics Mascot (a Sparrow) turned up…

My next assignment was the medals area and I was quite restricted as to what I could shoot action-wise. My main responsibility was to cover the medal ceremony. Robert Heffernan of Ireland had won the 50km Race Walk and he was up to receive his medal. When the IAAF World Athletics Mascot (a Sparrow) turned up to give Heffernan a hug, I shot it tight on a Canon 400mm f/2.8L lens to lose the background and focus on the happy Irishman and the big-eyed sparrow. It made for a fun picture that was different to the usual head-shot of the gold medal winner.

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Aug16

Thanks to the sun and Canon!!!

By Andrey Golovanov & Sergey Kivrin, Friday August 16, 2013

A shadow created during the Women's Javelin qualifying round at the 14th IAAF World Championships in the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 16 August 2013. © Andrey Golovanov & Sergey Kivrin

The morning session ended today and there will be no more opportunities to take photos in the early sunlight. But we hope that the lack of light in the evening will be compensated by the emotions of athletes...

Madara Palameika (Latvia) pictured during the Women's Javelin qualifying round at the 14th IAAF World Championships in the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 16 August 2013. © Andrey Golovanov & Sergey Kivrin

Shadows on the track during the Men's 200m heats at the 14th IAAF World Championships in the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 16 August 2013. © Andrey Golovanov & Sergey Kivrin

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Aug16

Fishing for the photograph...

By Kerim Okten, Friday August 16, 2013

Picture taken with a fisheye lens of runners competing in the Men's 3000m Steeplechase Final at the 14th IAAF World Championships in the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 15 August 2013. © Kerim Okten/EPA

I guess I'll have a frame if the action happens in front of my camera. The limited access for photographers has created a solution in the shape of cameras that are controlled remotely. I'm still old-fashioned, and am not a big fan of remote pictures, but sometimes your camera can be…

I guess I'll have a frame if the action happens in front of my camera. The limited access for photographers has created a solution in the shape of cameras that are controlled remotely. I'm still old-fashioned, and am not a big fan of remote pictures, but sometimes your camera can be in place where you cannot. You can only hope that your predicted focus, exposure and angle bring you the photo that you planned.

Piotr Malachowski of Poland celebrates after an attempt in the Men's Discus Throw Final at the 14th IAAF World Championships in the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 13 August 2013. © Kerim Okten/EPA

Picture taken with a fisheye lens of Marian Oprea of Romania competing in the Men's Triple Jump qualification at the 14th IAAF World Championships in the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 16 August 2013. © Kerim Okten/EPA

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Aug16

Triple Trouble

By Robert Ghement, Friday August 16, 2013

Caterine Ibarguen of Columbia competes in the Women's Triple Jump Final at the 14th IAAF World Championships in the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 15 August 2013. Ibarguen won the gold medal in the event. © Robert Ghement/EPA

The triple jump, or a similar discipline involving three jumps one after the other, has its roots in the Ancient Greek Olympics, with records showing athletes attaining distances of more than 15 metres. A sequence of two hops on the same foot and then a jump was performed as part of the first…

The triple jump, or a similar discipline involving three jumps one after the other, has its roots in the Ancient Greek Olympics, with records showing athletes attaining distances of more than 15 meters. A sequence of two hops on the same foot and then a jump was performed as part of the first modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896.

The triple jump needs a lot of specific training to get 'long' results. As a photographer, you need not only good equipment but a clear background is also a must. When this is not possible, a pan-shot with a slower shutter speed can be the solution. One of the main problems when taking classic photos of triple jump action is that not all athletes have the same height, the same movement path or the same speed. Each time a lot of testing has to be performed, especially during the warm-up, and the photographer must learn the particularities of each of the serious podium candidates if he is eager to get the best shots during the final. But it is worth exploring the 'Triple Trouble' world through the lens of your camera!

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Aug16

Twilight Timing

By Cameron Spencer, Friday August 16, 2013

Athletes compete in the Women's 1500 metres Final during Day Six of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, in the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 15 August 2013. © Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Following the Women's Triple Jump yesterday, I was waiting to grab my remote camera... I had positioned it on the runway for the Triple Jump, mid-way down the athletes' approach. When I finally had permission to collect it from the track, the Women's 1500m Final was about to start. The sky lit up pink and it looked amazing…

Following the Women's Triple Jump yesterday, I was waiting to grab my remote camera... I had positioned it on the runway for the Triple Jump, mid-way down the athletes' approach. When I finally had permission to collect it from the track, the Women's 1500m Final was about to start. The sky lit up pink and it looked amazing; the ambient sky exposure balanced the lights of the track.

Unfortunately, by the time the race started the sunset had faded to this rich, blue colour. The sky wasn't as stunning as if the race had been 10 minutes earlier, but this is what happens when shooting sport... everything needs to come together at the right time, on the right lens, pointed in the right direction. Luck plays its part... though having an understanding of the event and predicting possible scenarios before they unfold helps. This was shot using a 16-35mm lens set at around 24mm @f/4.5 on a remote camera low to the ground, so I could also shoot head-on from a different angle with a 300mm lens.

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Aug16

The 'Queen of the Pole Vault'

By Laci Perényi, Friday August 16, 2013

Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia makes her winning jump in the Women's Pole Vault final during Day Four of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, in the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 13 August 2013. © Laci Perényi/SportPhoto by Laci Perényi

The 'Queen of the Pole Vault', Yelena Isinbayeva, is pictured here during her winning jump at the 2013 World Athletics Championships in Moscow. I photographed this action shot with a Canon 600mm f/4L lens and a Canon EOS-1D X at 1/3200sec, ISO 640. The 'Queen of the Pole Vault' is back! I also shot her…

The 'Queen of the Pole Vault', Yelena Isinbayeva, is pictured here during her winning jump at the 2013 World Athletics Championships in Moscow. I photographed this action shot with a Canon 600mm f/4L lens and a Canon EOS-1D X camera at 1/3200sec, ISO 640. The 'Queen of the Pole Vault' is back! I also shot her 'Jubilation' after her winning jump in the final. For this image (below) the camera settings were the same as those mentioned above.

Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia celebrates after winning gold in the Women's Pole Vault final during Day Four of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, in the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 13 August 2013. © Laci Perényi/SportPhoto by Laci Perényi

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Aug15

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder…

By Ian MacNicol, Thursday August 15, 2013

Inika McPherson of USA competes in the qualification of the Women’s High Jump during Day Six of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 15 August 2013. © Ian MacNicol/INPHO

...Well it is according to Inika McPherson, the American high jumper who has those very words tattooed across her chest. I had shot everyone on my “people to shoot on Thursday morning” list and was ambling down towards the high jump area where the Women’s qualification was under way. I would have to say…

...Well it is according to Inika McPherson, the American high jumper who has those very words tattooed across her chest. I had shot everyone on my “people to shoot on Thursday morning” list and was ambling down towards the high jump area where the Women’s qualification was under way. I would have to say when I spotted Inika McPherson she gave new meaning to the hairdressing term “blue rinse”! I think in a previous blog my esteemed colleague Mr. Adrian Dennis spoke about how precise you need to be to find the exact spots where you can achieve pictures with clean, aesthetically pleasing backgrounds – well, believe me, if you want a nice high jump picture then the outfield is definitely not the place to be!

However, I thought I could use my Canon EOS-1D X and 400mm f/2.8L II lens to demonstrate, with the help of Ms. McPherson, what kind of images can be achieved using a very shall depth-of-field and blowing out the backgrounds. The posted photos with this blog have all been shot using an aperture of f/2.8 - many photographers use this to add a ‘wow factor’ to their pictures and, in doing so, they isolate part of the shot which is nicely in focus while throwing elements in the background (and sometimes the foreground) out of focus and into a lovely blur... or, alternatively, just add Inika McPherson to your photographs to get a ‘wow factor’!

Inika McPherson of USA competes in the qualification of the Women’s High Jump during Day Six of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 15 August 2013. © Ian MacNicol/INPHO

Inika McPherson of USA competes in the qualification of the Women’s High Jump during Day Six of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 15 August 2013. © Ian MacNicol/INPHO

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Aug15

The 'Boing Factor'

By Robert Ghement, Thursday August 15, 2013

Inika McPherson (USA) prepares for an attempt in the Women's High Jump qualification at the 14th IAAF World Championships in the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 15 August 2013. © Robert Ghement/EPA

Athletes work hard to get their bodies fit for the ultimate performance. In turn, their bodies are asking for something in exchange. Considering that athletes are human too, they like to dress well, to be trendy or even different. And they often like to show that to the world, as much as they want…

Athletes work hard to get their bodies fit for the ultimate performance. In turn, their bodies are asking for something in exchange. Considering that athletes are human too, they like to dress well, to be trendy or even different. And they often like to show that to the world, as much as they want to be seen whilst winning. The tattoo has become more and more fashionable in sports and the effect is increased when doubled-up with a fancy nail painting or a inspired haircut. Even if do not finally triumph, people will still remember their appearance... just because of the 'Boing Factor'. :)

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Aug15

Citius, Altius, Fortius

By Kerim Okten, Thursday August 15, 2013

Eliska Klucinova of the Czech Republic competes during the Javelin Throw event of the Women's Heptathlon event at the 14th IAAF World Championships in the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 13 August 2013. © Kerim Okten/EPA

Throwing the javelin dates all the way back to the ancient games and is one of the senior events in all athletic sports competitions. In Moscow the Men's Javelin Throw qualification round and the Javelin event during the Women's Hepthatlon competition once again evoked the old spirit of athletics. All elements of the motto…

Throwing the javelin dates all the way back to the ancient games and is one of the senior events in all athletic sports competitions. In Moscow the Men's Javelin Throw qualification round and the Javelin event during the Women's Hepthatlon competition once again evoked the old spirit of athletics. All elements of the motto 'Citius, Altius, Fortius' are combined in the javelin event, so athletes need tunnel vision to succeed when delivering the modern-day lance to the farthest possible spot.

Picture taken with a tilt-shift lens of Lukasz Grzeszczuk (Poland) competing in the Men's Javelin Throw qualifying at the 14th IAAF World Championships in the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 15 August 2013. © Kerim Okten/EPA

Picture taken with a tilt-shift lens of the Men's Javelin Throw qualifying at the 14th IAAF World Championships in the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 15 August 2013. © Kerim Okten/EPA

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Aug15

Getting to the Pointy End!

By Adrian Dennis, Thursday August 15, 2013

Russia's Valeriy Iordan competes during the Men's Javelin qualifying at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 15 August 2013. © Adrian Dennis/AFP

The Men’s Javelin is on the menu today. Thirty-five athletes have a maximum of three throws as they compete across two heats. A colleague sometimes refers to working the “factory floor”. Potentially you can qualify for the final with your first throw. Personally I shoot the basic “front on” picture first…

The Men’s Javelin is on the menu today. Thirty-five athletes have a maximum of three throws as they compete across two heats. A colleague sometimes refers to working the “factory floor”. Potentially you can qualify for the final with your first throw. Personally I shoot the basic “front on” picture first, ensuring I have every competitor. Then I get a bit more adventurous, either panning on a slow shutter or “going in super tight”.

There were no remotes involved for me this morning; just a simple combination of two Canon EOS-1D X cameras, one wearing a 500mm lens the other a 70-200mm zoom. With the latest cameras the autofocus is even more reliable. I challenge myself to see how tight in I dare go. In days gone by autofocus used to start searching when something distracting came through the frame or got too big in the viewfinder. I experiment with different AF (autofocus) Case settings to see which works best. I tried Case 5 today, which gave me a pretty good hit rate considering the throwers are running straight toward you.

Japan's Yukifumi Murakami competes in the Men's Javelin qualifying at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 15 August 2013. © Adrian Dennis/AFP

Sweden's Gabriel Wallin competes during the Men's Javelin qualifying at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 15 August 2013. © Adrian Dennis/AFP

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Aug15

Get Outta My Way!

By Jamie Squire, Thursday August 15, 2013

Robert Heffernan of Ireland celebrates winning gold in the Men's 50km Race Walk final during Day Five of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on August 2013. © Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Often, if another fellow photographer jumps in our way when shooting a sport event, we become upset because it usually means we are blocked from capturing the subject. Sometimes, however, the other photographers there can help to make a picture. Yesterday, when Robert Heffernan of Ireland celebrated…

Often, if another fellow photographer jumps in our way when shooting a sport event, we become upset because it usually means we are blocked from capturing the subject. Sometimes, however, the other photographers there can help to make a picture. Yesterday, when Robert Heffernan of Ireland celebrated winning gold in the Men's 50km Race Walk, the other photographers at the event helped to make the picture.

In this case, the in-field photographers, those with special access to get up close and personal, rushed to record the moment with wide angle lenses just in front of the athlete. I am sure they got great stuff of Heffernan celebrating. But, by including them in my picture, it also works because it shows the importance of the achievement of this athlete. A crowd of photographers suggests that his win is a big deal and that people around the world are interested in seeing these pictures. I used the new Canon 200-400mm f/4L telephoto zoom for this shot. I could have easily zoomed in further to better isolate the subject, but by pulling back a little, and including the others in the frame, I believe it communicates a little something extra to the viewer.

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Aug15

Luck of the Irish

By Cameron Spencer, Thursday August 15, 2013

Robert Heffernan of Ireland reacts after winning gold in the Men's 50km Race Walk final during Day Five of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 14 August 2013. © Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

The Men's 50km Race Walk appeared to be a gruelling race... It started in cold, wet conditions, became very humid and then the sun came out. I was shooting various heats in the stadium and then, after around 3.5hrs, Robert Heffernan of Ireland came into the stadium. Heffernan did a big fist pump in the air as…

The Men's 50km Race Walk appeared to be a gruelling race... It started in cold, wet conditions, became very humid and then the sun came out. I was shooting various heats in the stadium and then, after around 3.5hrs, Robert Heffernan of Ireland came into the stadium. Heffernan did a big fist pump in the air as he walked his penultimate lap of the stadium, before crossing the line way ahead of his competition. Shortly after finishing he was handed an Irish flag from fans and, after waving to the crowd, the realisation of being World Champion set in, the emotion overwhelming him. This image was captured using a 300mm f/2.8L lens; I was using Cloud White Balance yesterday as the colours appear warmer, which looks better, particularly in the shadows of the giant Luzhniki Stadium.

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Aug14

Isinbayeva's Reach

By Julian Finney, Wednesday August 14, 2013

Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia celebrates winning gold in the Women's Pole Vault final during Day Four of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 13 August 2013. © Julian Finney/Getty Images

During Yelena Isinbayeva's spectacular win in front of her home crowd in the Women's Pole Vault Final on Day Four chaos unfolded amongst many photographers. With this being the biggest event so far at the World Championships you get carried away with the excitement. As the night came to its conclusion so did…

During Yelena Isinbayeva's spectacular win in front of her home crowd in the Women's Pole Vault Final on Day Four chaos unfolded amongst many photographers. With this being the biggest event so far at the World Championships you get carried away with the excitement. As the night came to its conclusion so did the Pole Vault Final with Isinbayeva first of all successful in winning, and celebrating with her coach in the crowd, followed by a World Record attempt. She failed to reach the World Record but won another gold medal.

With nearly all of the accredited photographers around this part of the stadium it was hard to find space to even capture the jubilation of her win. As the crowd went crazy so did Isinbayeva and the mass of photographers tried to get the best shot of this moment. It's at these times that you need to be ready for any reaction and fortunately I was right underneath her when she came to celebrate with the crowd, resulting in this interesting shot of her reaching over me as she gave out autographs to fans. Positioned in the moat I was at a low angle and I thought she might fall on top of me at one point, but all was fine. I shot this on a Canon 24-70mm lens, which gave me a wide enough shot.

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Aug14

The heel-and-toe guys

By Giancarlo Colombo, Wednesday August 14, 2013

On the road during the Men's 50km Race Walk on Day Five of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, in Moscow, Russia, on 14 August 2013. © Giancarlo Colombo

It was a big day today for the 'heel-and-toe' runners, as these guys are called by insiders for their way of running, who all met up this morning at 8.30am for an incredible 50km Walk Race. It was a challenge not only against their opposition but also against a terrible weather, that saw Irishman Robert Heffernan triumphing in…

It was a big day today for the 'heel-and-toe' runners, as these guys are called by insiders for their way of running, who all met up this morning at 8.30am for an incredible 50km Walk Race. It was a challenge not only against their opposition but also against a terrible weather, that saw Irishman Robert Heffernan triumphing in 3:37:56. It was an amazing race during which technique, physical and mental strength, and victory prevailed against all. Thanks to my cameras I could immortalise all of this!

Many athletes gave up and only the best came through to the end. Starting with a controlled gait, in order not to spend all of their energy too soon, the fatal blow arrived at 40km when Irishman Heffernan changed his pace, going to the head of the race and remaining the leader for the remaining 10km. At his back there was Mikhail Ryzhov, who finished second even though he had home advantage. The bronze medal went to Australian Jared Tallent.

Some of the competitors walk through the misting station during the Men's 50km Race Walk on Day Five of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, in Moscow, Russia, on 14 August 2013. © Giancarlo Colombo

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Aug14

The Long Jump & Mental Gymnastics

By Adrian Dennis, Wednesday August 14, 2013

China's Li Jinzhe competes in the Men's Long Jump qualifying at the 2013 IAAF World Championships at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, on 14 August 2013. © Adrian Dennis/AFP

After last night’s hugely anticipated evening it’s Wednesday and the mid-way point of the Championships. I had an easy day at the track this morning. Good job too because I’m short on sleep and clean socks. As much as this job can be glamorous I’ll be washing my “smalls” in the sink…

After last night’s hugely anticipated evening it’s Wednesday and the mid-way point of the Championships. I had an easy day at the track this morning. Good job too because I’m short on sleep and clean socks. As much as this job can be glamorous I’ll be washing my “smalls” in the sink shortly. I spent the morning shooting Women’s Hammer qualifying followed by Men’s Long Jump qualifying. The tricky part here is there are two sand pits and hence the athletes jump simultaneously. And if they “nail it” they’ll only jump once. I set up a fisheye lens on a remote camera, once again in an attempt to isolate the athletes against the clear sky.

I stationed myself at the end of the sand pit. There were also a few jumpers I needed to shoot in the other pit but, due to laying in front of the television camera, it wasn’t possible to get up each time. So, guess what? It’s another remote camera. This time with a 16-35mm lens pointing slightly back down the runway. It’s mental gymnastics watching for the long jumper coming your way, deleting out of focus pictures and waving the Pocket Wizard (remote trigger) in the air while another athlete commences his jump. There’s a wizard for each remote, shutter button, deleting button, AF button. It’s like playing the piano. I’m playing all the right notes – but not necessarily in the right order!

South Africa's Godfrey Khotso Mokoena competes in the Men's Long Jump event at the 2013 IAAF World Championships at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, on 14 August 2013. © Adrian Dennis/AFP

France's Salim Sdiri competes in the Men's Long Jump event at the 2013 IAAF World Championships at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, on 14 August 2013. © Adrian Dennis/AFP

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Aug14

The Ministry of Silly Walks

By Ian MacNicol, Wednesday August 14, 2013

Robert Heffernan of Ireland hugs his wife Marion after winning the Men's 50km Race Walk during Day Five of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 14 August 2013. © Ian MacNicol/INPHO

I’m not sure if Robert Heffernan was inspired by the classic Monty Python sketch in which John Cleese played a bowler-hatted Civil Servant who worked in a fictitious government department responsible for developing Silly Walks through Grants – but, boy, did he do the business today in the 50km…

I’m not sure if Robert Heffernan was inspired by the classic Monty Python sketch in which John Cleese played a bowler-hatted Civil Servant who worked in a fictitious government department responsible for developing Silly Walks through Grants – but, boy, did he do the business today in the 50km Walk Race! They say there is no worse place to finish than fourth; Heffernan had cultivated a very unfortunate habit of placing fourth in major championships and for a long time today occupied that very position. After reeling in the long-time leaders Noskov and Ryzho of Russia there was no way of stopping the 35-year-old Irishman as he disappeared down the road and shoogled* off into the history books of Irish Athletics.

No matter what you think of Race Walking it’s a real privilege to do our jobs and you can easily get caught up in the emotion. When I’m looking through the EOS-1D X with my 400mm lens, snapping away as someone realises a dream, it's easy to forget you’re documenting a little piece of history. I have never met Robert Heffernan but I was genuinely pleased for him today – well done fella!

*Shoogle – Dialect, chiefly Scottish; to shake, sway, or rock back and forth, a rocking motion.

Robert Heffernan of Ireland on his way to winning the Men's 50km Race Walk during Day Five of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 14 August 2013. © Ian MacNicol/INPHO

Robert Heffernan of Ireland celebrates winning the Men's 50km Race Walk during Day Five of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 14 August 2013. © Ian MacNicol/INPHO

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Aug14

Isinbayeva Viva! Vivat!

By Andrey Golovanov & Sergey Kivrin, Wednesday August 14, 2013

Russia's Yelena Isinbayeva celebrates after clearing the bar during the Women's Pole Vault Final at the 2013 IAAF World Championships at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, on 13 August 2013. © Andrey Golovanov & Sergey Kivrin

The great athlete, two-time Olympic champion and 28-times record holder in the pole vault Yelena Isinbayeva hit a beautiful point in her brilliant career last night, regaining the title of World Champion. For us, this event and the start of her success were the most important, as Yelena Isinbayeva got her first major win in Moscow…

The great athlete, two-time Olympic champion and 28-times record holder in the pole vault Yelena Isinbayeva hit a beautiful point in her brilliant career last night, regaining the title of World Champion. For us, this event and the start of her success were the most important, as Yelena Isinbayeva got her first major win in Moscow, in the 1998 World Youth Games, and wanted to win again in Moscow! She turned up on the night and won gold. Hooray! Vivat!

Pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva (Russia) pictured mid-air during the Women's Pole Vault Final at the 2013 IAAF World Championships at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, on 13 August 2013. © Andrey Golovanov & Sergey Kivrin

Pole vault champion, Russia's Yelena Isinbayeva, bows to the crowd after winning the Women's Pole Vault Final at the 2013 IAAF World Championships at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, on 13 August 2013. © Andrey Golovanov & Sergey Kivrin

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Aug14

The German and the Pole...... Vaulter

By Adrian Dennis, Wednesday August 14, 2013

Germany's Robert Harting celebrates with his trademark shirt-ripping after winning the gold medal in the Men's Discus Final at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, on 13 August 2013. © Adrian Dennis/AFP

Last night belonged to the veterans of athletics. Germany's discus thrower Robert Harting picked up his third World Championship gold, to go with his London 2012 Olympic title. And the patriotic crowd roared their approval when the poster girl of Russian athletics Yelena Isinbayeva, the greatest female…

Last night belonged to the veterans of athletics. Germany's discus thrower Robert Harting picked up his third World Championship gold, to go with his London 2012 Olympic title. And the patriotic crowd roared their approval when the poster girl of Russian athletics Yelena Isinbayeva, the greatest female pole vaulter of all time, took potentially her last victory.

I started with the discus. I predicted the competition was between two arch-rivals: Robert Harting and Piotr Malachowski. You’re limited to only a couple of different angles because of the throwing cage. I used a remote camera with a 16-35mm zoom lens for the “meat and potatoes” picture, while I stood down-field with a Canon 500mm lens. Here you need to stay alert; during the Olympics a discus was misthrown and buried itself in the turf five metres away. No sitting down; a constant crouch is required for a quick get-away. The competition went as predicted, although what Harting decides to do is completely random. Upon winning he roared to the crowd like The Hulk, ran one way then the other, scattering pursuing photographers before the obligatory ripping of his shirt – Incredible! And then I went to train my lens on Isinbayeva, along with every other camera in the stadium.

Russia's Yelena Isinbayeva clears the bar during the Women's Pole Vault Final at the 2013 IAAF World Championships at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, on 13 August 2013. © Adrian Dennis/AFP

Russia's Yelena Isinbayeva celebrates after clearing the bar during the Women's Pole Vault Final at the 2013 IAAF World Championships at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, on 13 August 2013. Isinbayeva won the gold medal. © Adrian Dennis/AFP

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Aug14

From Russia with love!

By Ian Walton, Wednesday August 14, 2013

Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia competes in the Women's Pole Vault Final during Day Four of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 13 August 2013. I used tan EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM lens and the exposure was 1/1600 sec at f/4, ISO 1000. © Ian Walton/Getty Images

The main event of last night was the Women's Pole Vault Final! As there are so many different angles to choose from this is one event during the championships that you require an array of lenses for. I started with trying to achieve an early atmospheric shot with the crowd and the stadium using the EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM. Next…

The main event of last night was the Women's Pole Vault Final! As there are so many different angles to choose from this is one event during the championships that you require an array of lenses for. I started with trying to achieve an early atmospheric shot with the crowd and the stadium using the EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM. Next I moved around to the back of the landing mat with an EF300mm to get a clean stock picture. I like this angle because as the pole is driven into the take off box and the athlete leaves the ground it makes an interesting shape. As the night went on I wanted to capture a silhouette of Yelena Isinbayeva in mid-air so I chose the EF8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM lens from under the bar at the side of the mat.

Recently I have started to set the Canon EOS-1D X so you can have two different shooting setups assigned to different buttons on the camera. So, while waiting for celebrations on the mat with the 300mm f/2.8L lens, I assign one of the back buttons with a lower shutter speed so that I can pan the athlete on the run-up to the jump; when I let go of that button the camera will return to the original setting to freeze the celebration.

Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia competes in the Women's Pole Vault Final during Day Four of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 13 August 2013. I used an EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens and the exposure was 1/2000sec at f/3.2, ISO 1250. © Ian Walton/Getty Images

Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia clears the bar in the Women's Pole Vault Final during Day Four of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 13 August 2013. Taken with an EF8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM lens. © Ian Walton/Getty Images

Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia on the runway during the Women's Pole Vault Final during Day Four of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 13 August 2013. I used an EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens and the exposure was 1/80sec at f/14. © Ian Walton/Getty Images

Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia claps her hands after her winning jump in the Women's Pole Vault Final during Day Four of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 13 August 2013. I used an EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens and the exposure was 1/1328sec at f/3.2. © Ian Walton/Getty Images

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Aug14

'The Queen of Athletics' gets her throne back

By Kerim Okten, Wednesday August 14, 2013

Russia's Yelena Isinbayeva rests during the Women's Pole Vault qualification at the 14th IAAF World Championships at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, on 11 August 2013. © Kerim Okten/EPA

Spectators filled the seats of Luzhniki Stadium were very lucky to watch an extraordinary return from pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva. As the banner on the tribunes says, 'The Queen of Athletics'. She was the only one who got more cheering and created more excitement in the tribunes than Usain Bolt in Moscow. I feel lucky…

Spectators filled the seats of Luzhniki Stadium were very lucky to watch an extraordinary return from pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva. As the banner on the tribunes says, 'The Queen of Athletics'. She was the only one who got more cheering and created more excitement in the tribunes than Usain Bolt in Moscow. I feel lucky and special to have a chance to document probably Isinbayeva's last jump of her career. Isinbayeva is widely regarded as the greatest female pole-vaulter of all time but also she's one of the most attractive athletes for photographers. She'll be missed in the in-field.

Picture taken with a fisheye lens shows Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia clearing the bar during the Women's Pole Vault Final at the 14th IAAF World Championships at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, on 13 August 2013. © Kerim Okten/EPA

Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia celebrates after winning the Women's Pole Vault Final at the 14th IAAF World Championships at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, on 13 August 2013. © Kerim Okten/EPA

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Aug14

Bird's Eye View

By Jamie Squire, Wednesday August 14, 2013

Kimberly Williams of Jamaica competes in the Women's Triple Jump qualification during Day Four of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 13 August 2013. © Jamie Squire/Getty Images

For the World Athletics Championships, we at Getty Images have mounted several cameras in the roof of Luzhniki Stadium to capture the action from unique overhead angles. We have five Canon EOS-1D Xs, fitted with either 70-200mm f/2.8L II or 300mm f/2.8L lenses, over various parts of the stadium. Two are aimed at the…

For the World Athletics Championships, we at Getty Images have mounted several cameras in the roof of Luzhniki Stadium to capture the action from unique overhead angles. We have five Canon EOS-1D Xs, fitted with either 70-200mm f/2.8L II or 300mm f/2.8L lenses, over various parts of the stadium. Two are aimed at the finish line, one is aimed at the start line, and we have one over each sand pit of the long jump and triple jump.

Yesterday, I photographed the Women's Triple Jump in the morning session and took advantage of the brief period of time when the sun hits the landing area. Lots of times we go for a shot of the athlete landing with sand kicking up all over the place. Yesterday, however, the shadows of the jumpers in the sand resulted in the the better images. All the time spent in the ceiling rigging the cameras and making sure they are focused and firing correctly is worth it when everything goes as planned.

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Aug14

Cleared!

By Cameron Spencer, Wednesday August 14, 2013

Silke Spiegelburg of Germany celebrates a jump in the Women's Pole Vault Final during Day Four of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 13 August 2013. © Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

For this image I was set up on the finish line of the main straight for the night. From there I was looking after all of the race finishes. From my angle, with a 400mm lens and a 1.4x convertor, I was able to capture the pole vaulters as they cleared the bar, facing back at the runway they launched from…

For this image I was set up on the finish line of the main straight for the night. From there I was looking after all of the race finishes. From my angle, with a 400mm lens and a 1.4x convertor, I was able to capture the pole vaulters as they cleared the bar, facing back at the runway they launched from in my direction. Towards the end of competition the women were celebrating when they cleared higher bars and this picture was one of my favourites. I like the bar and her pole in the image, which are enough for the viewer to establish what discipline Silke Spiegelburg of Germany is competing in.

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Aug13

Ars gratia artis...

By Ian MacNicol, Tuesday August 13, 2013

Aleksandra Butivina of Russia competes in the Javelin during the Women’s Heptathlon on Day Four of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium on 13 August 2013. © Ian MacNicol/INPHO

...Or, as 10cc once sang, 'Art for Art’s Sake'. As this morning’s session drew to a close I had returned to the stadium after shooting the sole Irish representative in the 20km Race Walk which, by the by, is a discussion for another day – “Race walking – What is that all…

...Or, as 10cc once sang, 'Art for Art’s Sake'. As this morning’s session drew to a close I had returned to the stadium after shooting the sole Irish representative in the 20km Race Walk which, by the by, is a discussion for another day – “Race walking – What is that all about?“ I decided to try and make a bit of a “pretty” picture. You can judge for yourselves if I was successful or not? I climbed to the highest seats at the west end of the stadium where I had the choice to shoot the Javelin during the Women’s Heptathlon, where the sun was high in the sky and creating nicely-shaped shadows as the athletes took their run-ups, or the Women’s Triple Jump. I shot on my usual combination of the EOS-1D X and 400mm f/2.8 II lens, but also added the Mark III 1.4x converter. Maybe not the usual, powerful, emotion-filled pictures that you make on the finishing line during the finals, but nonetheless a nice indulgence.

A competitor goes through the misting station during the Women's 20km Race Walk on Day Four of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 13 August 2013. © Ian MacNicol/INPHO

Snezana Rodic (Slovenia) lands in the sand pit during the Women’s Triple Jump qualification round on Day Four of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 13 August 2013. © Ian MacNicol/INPHO

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Aug13

Fast & Frenetic

By Adrian Dennis, Tuesday August 13, 2013

David Oliver (USA) draped in the US flag after winning gold in the Men's 110 metres Hurdles Final during Day Three of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 12 August 2013. © Adrian Dennis/AFP

After a calm morning, work exploded into a fast and frenetic pace yesterday evening. The Men's Hammer and Women's Shot Put could potentially finish together, but I never predicted all of the events finishing back-to-back. In-field photographers always "do the run around" as the winners take a lap of honour. Briton Christine…

After a calm morning, work exploded into a fast and frenetic pace yesterday evening. The Men's Hammer and Women's Shot Put could potentially finish together, but I never predicted all of the events finishing back-to-back. In-field photographers always "do the run around" as the winners take a lap of honour. Briton Christine Ohuruogu came from behind to snatch victory. I followed her, walking backwards, as she took her applause. Normally I'd edit my pictures on the back of my camera, tagging the good and deleting the bad, before ingesting the CF card. The photos are transferred to an editor high in the stadium. No chance to edit on this occasion... the Shot Put was ending. I sent 50 to 60 frames, double what I'd normally pass to the editor.

I rushed back in time for Valerie Adams to celebrate her latest World Title in the Women's Shot Put. Back to the laptop; no edit; more pictures to the over-worked editors. Within minutes, the hurdlers were in the blocks. Back to the finish line to see David Oliver go crazy for gold in the Men's 110 metres Hurdles Final. I might have shot over 100 frames on the race and celebrations. The adrenalin was pumping, and that was just me! And guess what? French pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie was making his last attempt to snatch victory from Raphael Holzdeppe, all this minutes before the marquee event of the night... the Women's 100 metres Final. A brilliant night at the track, but spare a thought for the picture editor!

New Zealand's Valerie Adams competes in the Women's Shot Put Final at the 2013 IAAF World Championships at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, on 12 August 2013. © Adrian Dennis/AFP

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica (centre) punches the air with delight after winning the Women's 100m Final during Day Three of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 12 August 2013. © Adrian Dennis/AFP

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Aug13

Oliver's Scream

By Cameron Spencer, Tuesday August 13, 2013

David Oliver (USA) celebrates winning gold in the Men's 110 metres Hurdles Final during Day Three of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 12 August 2013. © Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

For the Men's 110m Hurdles Final last night I was cruising around the moat at ground level trying to find a different place to shoot the race, or post-race celebration. I decided to go around the second bend from the finish hoping that the winner would continue running after crossing the line. David Oliver…

For the Men's 110m Hurdles Final last night I was cruising around the moat at ground level trying to find a different place to shoot the race, or post-race celebration. I decided to go around the second bend from the finish hoping that the winner would continue running after crossing the line. David Oliver of the United States was the winner and he 'gave it up' when he won. It wasn't the cleanest shot for me unfortunately... he then ran to the crowd and grabbed a US flag and ran towards me. As Oliver held the flag above his head he screamed and I captured his emotion. Sometimes the image you plan doesn't work out... then the unexpected does, like in this instance. It was shot on my "workhorse"... the 70-200mm lens on an EOS-1D X, with a shallow aperture of f/2.8 to blow the background out and separate the subject.

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Aug13

Never-ending emotions

By Giancarlo Colombo, Tuesday August 13, 2013

David Oliver (USA) winning the Men's 110m Hurdles Final during Day Three of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 12 August 2013. © Giancarlo Colombo

After Sunday's incredible race in the rain by the 'King of Speed' Usain Bolt, last night in Moscow the emotions were never-ending! In less than an hour two incredible races took place: the Women's 100 metres Final and the Men's 110 metres Hurdles Final! In the first one the smiling Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won against her opponents with the time of…

After Sunday's incredible race in the rain by the 'King of Speed' Usain Bolt, last night in Moscow the emotions were never-ending! In less than an hour two incredible races took place: the Women's 100 metres Final and the Men's 110 metres Hurdles Final! In the first one the smiling Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won against her opponents with the time of 10.71 seconds! A sort of 'Bolt in Miniature', Shelly-Ann started like a rocket and launched all her explosive power, going on to defeat Murielle Ahoure and Carmelita Jeter into second and third places respectively! In the second race the surprise effect dominated! The American David Oliver won in 13.00 seconds, defeating the defending champion Aries Merritt! My trusty EOS-1D X and 600mm lens didn't let the action escape!!!

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica (right) winning the Women's 100m Final during Day Three of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 12 August 2013. © Giancarlo Colombo

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Aug12

Watch out - he/she's behind you!

By Ian MacNicol, Monday August 12, 2013

Christine Ohuruogu of Great Britain celebrates winning the Women's 400m Final but is unaware she may be being followed during Day Three of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 12 August 2013. © Ian MacNicol/INPHO

In the words of the song 'Oh What a Night' I think it’s been the most exciting night of the Championships so far. There’s a common thread running through tonight’s three photos – all shot on the EOS-1D X with a 400mm f/2.8 II lens (I may have mentioned my passion for these two pieces…

In the words of the song 'Oh What a Night' I think it’s been the most exciting night of the Championships so far. There’s a common thread running through tonight’s three photos – all shot on the EOS-1D X with a 400mm f/2.8 II lens (I may have mentioned my passion for these two pieces of kit before?). And secondly, well work that one out for yourself. But what was Amantle Montsho thinking about in the final of the Women’s 400 metres? Definitely not that Christine Ohuruogo was coming up on her that fast! The clock was stopped reading 49.40 seconds for them both but Ohuruogo shaded it by four thousandths of a second! Get in there Christine!

In the equally compelling Men’s 110m Hurdles Sergey Shubenkov didn’t quite get the better of David Oliver but the Russian still looked pretty pleased with silver. Then throw in Raphael Holzdeppe's win in the Pole Vault and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce's in the Women’s 100m – but I still think Valerie Adams' victory in the Shot Put and her fourth world title was the highlight of a remarkable night. On nights like these the opportunity for photographers to make amazing images is endless... and that’s why we all love our jobs!

Christine Ohuruogu of Great Britain dips Amantle Montsho of Botswana on the line to win the Women's 400m Final during Day Three of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 12 August 2013. © Ian MacNicol/INPHO

Sergey Shubenkov of Russia tries to dip David Oliver of USA on the line during the Mens 110m Hurdles Final during Day Three of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 12 August 2013. © Ian MacNicol/INPHO

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Aug12

Hammer-time!

By Julian Finney, Monday August 12, 2013

Pawel Fajdek of Poland competes in the Men's Hammer final during Day Three of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 12 August 2013. © Julian Finney/Getty Images

Today I was assigned in-field position and I had to cover the Shot Put and the Hammer events. My main objective was to survive the dangers of in-field. With many heavy objects flying around you really need to be aware of any misthrown ones. Shot puts don't travel too far so they are easier to keep an eye…

Today I was assigned in-field position and I had to cover the Shot Put and the Hammer events. My main objective was to survive the dangers of in-field. With many heavy objects flying around you really need to be aware of any misthrown ones. Shot puts don't travel too far so they are easier to keep an eye on, but the hammer is a bit more random. The best way to cover this event is by remote from the back of the cage and you hope the competitor doesn't clear out your camera in the process. This does make for good pictures as the ball on the end of the chain swings close to the camera lens. But 'You can't touch this' comes to mind and all is safe and well.

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Aug12

All a matter of perspective

By Laci Perényi, Monday August 12, 2013

Usain Bolt in front of the in-field photographers after winning gold in the Men's 100 metres Final during Day Two of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 11 August 2013. © Laci Perényi/SportPhoto by Laci Perényi

An obeisance for the audience as the winner of the World Athletics Championships 2013; looks like a bow for the in-field photographers! This picture was taken after the Men's 100 metres Final on the evening of the second day with a Canon 600mm f/4 lens at ISO 3200.

At the early session of the second day I was able to capture…

An obeisance for the audience as the winner of the World Athletics Championships 2013; looks like a bow for the in-field photographers! This picture was taken after the Men's 100 metres Final on the evening of the second day with a Canon 600mm f/4 lens at ISO 3200.

At the early session of the second day I was able to capture this incredible perspective (below) at the Men's 110m Hurdles heats. I positioned myself almost one metre behind the starters with my Canon EOS-1D X with a 17-40mm f/4 zoom lens. This shot was taken at 17mm.

The start of one of the Men's 110m Hurdles heats during Day Two of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 11 August 2013. © Laci Perényi/SportPhoto by Laci Perényi

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Aug12

Chasing Bolt

By Jamie Squire, Monday August 12, 2013

Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates winning gold in the Men's 100 metres Final during Day Two of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 11 August 2013. © Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Yesterday I had the enviable privilege of shooting in the in-field the day of the big event, the Men's 100m Final. Usain Bolt of Jamaica would be running and all eyes would be on him to win. I was nervous all day, anticipating how it would turn out. About 20 minutes before the race, the skies opened up…

Yesterday I had the enviable privilege of shooting in the in-field the day of the big event, the Men's 100m Final. Usain Bolt of Jamaica would be running and all eyes would be on him to win. I was nervous all day, anticipating how it would turn out. About 20 minutes before the race, the skies opened up and it began to rain. As a team, Getty Images had eight EOS-1D X cameras with various lenses, including 16-35mm f/2.8 IIs, 70-200mm f/2.8 IIs and 300mm f/2.8 IIs as remotes trained on or near the finish line. I was worried the rain would short-circuit the system, which was hard-wired together via Ethernet and fired with a foot pedal. Luckily, it didn't.

The second the race was over, I was on. I quickly ran with two handheld 1D X bodies, a 16-35mm f/2.8 II on one and a 24-70mm f/2.8 II on the other, and began the runaround. Following Bolt around the track while he celebrated was a crazy experience. All the in-field photographers were jockeying for position, competing with each other and TV cameramen, and trying not to stumble or fall while back-pedalling and shooting Bolt celebrating... in the rain. It was a true cluster. However, it made some nice images and resulted in a memory I will always have of chasing the world's fastest man around the track at the World Athletics Championships.

Usain Bolt of Jamaica crosses the line to win gold ahead of Justin Gatlin (USA), Nickel Ashmeade (Jamaica) and Christophe Lemaitre (France) in the Men's 100 metres Final during Day Two of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 11 August 2013. © Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates winning gold in the Men's 100 metres Final during Day Two of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 11 August 2013. © Jamie Squire/Getty Images

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Aug12

Rain, Rain, Go Away, Go Away

By Kerim Okten, Monday August 12, 2013

Usain Bolt of Jamaica (left) powers away from from Justin Gatlin of the USA (right) during the Men's 100 metres Final at the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 11 August 2013. © Kerim Okten/EPA

A good 15 minutes of rain after a humid and hot day was very refreshing, but it was also enough to create panic for an in-field photographer. It’s the last thing you want, especially just before running behind the fastest man in the world, as you have too much to care about. Covering electric plugs, laptop…

A good 15 minutes of rain after a humid and hot day was very refreshing, but it was also enough to create panic for an in-field photographer. It’s the last thing you want, especially just before running behind the fastest man in the world, as you have too much to care about. Covering electric plugs, laptop, camera, equipment, remotes... Forget it, leave it as it is; you have only 9.77 seconds before he arrives...

Usain Bolt (Jamaica) celebrates after winning the Men's 100 metres Final at the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 11 August 2013. © Kerim Okten/EPA

Usain Bolt (Jamaica), draped in a Jamaican flag, celebrates after winning the Men's 100 metres Final at the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 11 August 2013. © Kerim Okten/EPA

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Aug12

The Light and Shadow Championship

By Andrey Golovanov & Sergey Kivrin, Monday August 12, 2013

The water jump during a Women's 3,000m Steeplechase heat at the 14th IAAF World Championships at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, on 11 August 2013. © Andrey Golovanov & Sergey Kivrin

Athletics is a fantastic sport. There are concentrated dynamics, emotions and unusual colours. But without playing with light not one of these components will be interesting for the photographer...

Action from the Women's Marathon on the streets of Moscow, Russia, on 10 August 2013. © Andrey Golovanov & Sergey Kivrin

Usain Bolt (Jamaica) pictured at the 14th IAAF World Championships at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia. © Andrey Golovanov & Sergey Kivrin

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Aug12

Calm after the Storm

By Adrian Dennis, Monday August 12, 2013

Sharon Day (USA) competes during the Women's Heptathlon high jump event at the 2013 IAAF World Championships at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, on 12 August 2013. © Adrian Dennis/AFP

I thought I'd be on the ball and tap out my blog during Monday's extended lunchtime. I spent most of the morning at the high jump with the Women's Heptathlon. Most of us are looking for a "clean" background to isolate the athletes. To the non-photographer it's hard to understand that a matter of one metre…

I thought I'd be on the ball and tap out my blog during Monday's extended lunchtime. I spent most of the morning at the high jump with the Women's Heptathlon. Most of us are looking for a "clean" background to isolate the athletes. To the non-photographer it's hard to understand that a matter of one metre in either direction can be the difference between a good shot and an average one. Quite often the in-field photographers will be huddled together because there are so many objects in the background - scoreboards, advertising boards, officials, the list goes on... - that can spoil the picture. Add the restrictions about where you're physically allowed to sit, then a small patch of ideal ground close to the mat comes at a premium. A combination of fast shutter speeds, wide open apertures and a nice mottled background of spectators is always the best.

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Aug12

Bolt is faster than light, but how about the shadows?

By Robert Ghement, Monday August 12, 2013

Runners launch at the start of their Women's 100m heat at the 14th IAAF World Championships at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, 11 August 2013. © Robert Ghement/EPA

Usain Bolt pleased us last night, flying over the 100 metres track like a breeze, despite the slightest rain that was nearly enough to make us crazy. If he is 'faster than the speed of light', what about the shadows? I have made a bet that everybody will blog on the 100 metres Final, so I decided to take a step to the side…

Usain Bolt pleased us last night, flying over the 100 metres track like a breeze, despite the slightest rain that was nearly enough to make us crazy. If he is 'faster than the speed of light', what about the shadows? I have made a bet that everybody will blog on the 100 metres Final, so I decided to take a step to the side to show how the light could be used while shooting track and field disciplines. If our beloved friend - the Sun - is smiling, the athlete's shadow could become a subject in itself. With a well-chosen exposure, one could play with the athlete's shadow or with his silhouette. The geometry of the track lines could enter into play as well. A funny piece of advice could sound like this: if the sun is disturbing your eyes sight, try to look at the shadows. :) May the force be with you, if you switch to the 'dark side'!

Kenya's Hellen Onsando Obiri (left) and Ethiopia's Genzebe Dibaba (right) compete during the Women's 1,500m heats at the 14th IAAF World Championships at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, on 11 August 2013. © Robert Ghement/EPA

Athletes compete during the Men's 400m heats at the 14th IAAF World Championships at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, on 11 August 2013. © Robert Ghement/EPA

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Aug12

He's last out of the blocks and first over the line!

By Ian Walton, Monday August 12, 2013

Usain Bolt of Jamaica (second left) crosses the line to win gold ahead of, from left to right, Kemar Bailey-Cole (Jamaica), Justin Gatlin (USA), Nickel Ashmeade (Jamaica) and Christophe Lemaitre (France) in the Men's 100 metres Final during Day Two of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 11 August 2013. © Ian Walton/Getty Images

Yesterday was spent getting ready for the Men’s 100m Final, which is always exciting and one of the most anticipated races during the competition. I was positioned head-on to the track at ground level with six other photographers. The morning was spent organising the cameras and lenses to be fixed…

Yesterday was spent getting ready for the Men’s 100m Final, which is always exciting and one of the most anticipated races during the competition. I was positioned head-on to the track at ground level with six other photographers. The morning was spent organising the cameras and lenses to be fixed to the remote bar, which consisted of four cameras; two of which were with 70-200mm lenses and two with 300mm lenses with EOS-1D Xs attached. They can be tethered to the Ethernet port, thus allowing images to be FTP'd to the editors in the tribune in real time. All of the cameras have a hard line trigger to fire them and, as I shot the athletes coming over the line, I used the hotshoe to trigger the system, but you can also use a foot pedal.

It is always important to check the athletes’ positioning before the Final and to make sure the cameras are positioned correctly for the shot you want to capture. In the semi-finals Usain Bolt was in lane 5 but then he was moved to lane 6 for the final, so we were busy tweaking cameras and refocusing them. This is the time when all of the photographers start to get nervous… Are the remotes going to fire? Is the focus in the right spot? But then the gun fires and it’s all over in 9.77 seconds...

Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates winning gold in the Men's 100 metres Final during Day Two of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 11 August 2013. © Ian Walton/Getty Images

Ian Walton (pictured bottom, centre) gets ready to shoot the the Men's 100 metres Final during Day Two of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 11 August 2013. © Ian Walton/Getty Images

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Aug11

Bolt Strikes Again

By Cameron Spencer, Sunday August 11, 2013

Usain Bolt of Jamaica (centre) and Justin Gatlin (right, in red) of the USA compete in the Men's 100 metres Final during Day Two of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 11 August 2013. © Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

In typical Usain Bolt fashion, Bolt walked on the track... acknowledged the crowd and absorbed the praise he receives when he competes. Minutes before the Men's 100m Final the heavens opened and it started pouring with rain. Getty Images had photographers in various positions in addition to remotes…

In typical Usain Bolt fashion, Bolt walked on the track... acknowledged the crowd and absorbed the praise he receives when he competes. Minutes before the Men's 100m Final the heavens opened and it started pouring with rain. Getty Images had photographers in various positions in addition to remotes and I was assigned to capture a pan of the race... I looked for a spot which would make a good angle and was guessing that Bolt would be out in front by about the 70 metres mark. As the gun went off and the athletes made their way down the track I picked up Bolt with my 70-200mm lens and started tracking him. A big breath out and within several seconds and about six frames he was gone. Pre-race I chose a shutter speed of 1/60th of a second and stuck with that. Knowing we had others covering the race from numerous angles I was a bit nervous about not getting the pic, but then relaxed as the race started. Once again it was an amazing race to witness and a privilege to see the fastest man in history deliver again in style.

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Aug11

Running, Jumping & Throwing stuff - day two

By Ian MacNicol, Sunday August 11, 2013

Alexandria Anderson (USA) competes in the heats of the Women's 100m during Day Two of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 11 August 2013. © Ian MacNicol/INPHO

I have to say if feels like I’ve definitely been here longer than two days. For the uninitiated or non-sports photographer I am primarily an out-field photographer – meaning I stay on the outside of the track, sometimes looking in longingly at the in-field photographers who wear the hallowed…

I have to say if feels like I’ve definitely been here longer than two days. For the uninitiated or non-sports photographer I am primarily an out-field photographer – meaning I stay on the outside of the track, sometimes looking in longingly at the in-field photographers who wear the hallowed white bib and who get to be up close and personal with the athletes. But really, on the whole, I am quite happy to roam the periphery with my favourite piece of kit – my Canon EOS-1D X and my 400mm f/2.8 II lens, trying to find spots where I can get a clean shot of the action. It takes a little while to get to know which discipline works best from which angle; where the best light is at which time of the day etc. etc. Whilst the Irish athletes have enjoyed little success thus far I am going to post a photo of our pole vaulter Tori Pena. To achieve this image with a nice clean background I climbed to the very top row of seats in the stadium and attached my Mark III 1.4x converter to my 400mm. Poor Tori didn’t fair too well, but a lot of my fellow photographers thought she looked great! Finally, my heart goes out to the Japanese athlete Hitomi Niiya in tonight’s Women's 10,000m who gave so much to lead for so long only to be passed by four African athletes in the last 800 metres – a gutsy effort Hitomi.

Tori Pena (Ireland) competes in the Woman's Pole Vault during Day Two of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 11 August 2013. © Ian MacNicol/INPHO

Martina Pretelli (San Marino) competes in the heats of the Women's 100m during Day Two of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 11 August 2013. © Ian MacNicol/INPHO

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Aug11

The "main" day is over!

By Adrian Dennis, Sunday August 11, 2013

Cuba's Leonel Suarez competes in the Men's Decathlon pole vault event at the 2013 IAAF World Championships at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, on 11 August 2013. © Adrian Dennis/AFP

The "main" day is over! The day featuring the Men's 100 metres Final is the day everybody remembers from any athletics meeting. From a photographer's point of view we're all competing to make a special image from the day. In the run up to to the main race I worked around the far end of the track. My colleague…

The "main" day is over! The day featuring the Men's 100 metres Final is the day everybody remembers from any athletics meeting. From a photographer's point of view we're all competing to make a special image from the day. In the run up to to the main race I worked around the far end of the track. My colleague Franck Fife worked the finish line today. I covered a lot of discus today and, admittedly, it's not the most glamorous part of shooting athletics but it's work that needs to be done working for a wire service. I put the fisheye lens to good use once again while sitting beneath the pole vault. Although I paid the price when an athlete knocked the bar off which landed on top of my head. Never good in front of the several thousand people. I kept a stiff upper lip and pretended it didn't hurt! I had visions, luckily not double visions, of being carted off by Russian medics. Dangerous this athletics you know! On to the Women's long jump final... a bit of inside knowledge came in handy with Russian jumper Darya Klishina. She always lands in the pit to her right and flicks the sand. It tough to get a "sharp" frame when the sand flies. But after several attempts I made a frame I liked. The evening culminated in pouring rain, ahead of the 100m. Usain Bolt delivered in style again - as usual!

Darya Klishina (Russia) lands in the sand pit during the Women's long jump final in the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 11 August 2013. © Adrian Dennis/AFP

Usain Bolt (Jamaica) celebrates after winning the Men's 100m final in the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 11 August 2013. © Adrian Dennis/AFP

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Aug11

Thunder and Lightning Bolt

By Julian Finney, Sunday August 11, 2013

From top to bottom: Ingmar Vos (the Netherlands), Keisuke Ushiro (Japan), Kame Ali (Madagascar), Thomas van der Plaetsen (Belgium), Marcus Nilsson (Sweden), Eduard Mikhan (Belarus) and Maicel Uibo (Estonia) compete in the Men's Decathlon 110 metres hurdles during Day Two of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 11 August 2013. © Julian Finney/Getty Images

Another early start to Day Two, needing to replace the Pocket Wizard remote batteries meant a quick climb to the top of the stadium and checking all was set. Having to do this before any punters entered the stadium for safety reasons. Some early 110m Hurdles heats made for an interesting photograph with…

Another early start to Day Two, needing to replace the Pocket Wizard remote batteries meant a quick climb to the top of the stadium and checking all was set. Having to do this before any punters entered the stadium for safety reasons. Some early 110m Hurdles heats made for an interesting photograph with shadows of the athletes jumping the first hurdle. I experimented with an 8-15mm Canon lens for the first time today and made for a great general view of the stadium. After a long day we arrived at the 100m final around 9.50pm and a very dark cloud formed over the stadium. Rain, thunder and lightning had arrived just in time for the 'Lightning Bolt' show.

A general view during Day Two of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 11 August 2013 in Moscow, Russia. © Julian Finney/Getty Images

Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates winning gold in the Men's 100 metres Final during Day Two of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, on 11 August 2013. © Julian Finney/Getty Images

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Aug11

One Giant Leap...

By Cameron Spencer, Sunday August 11, 2013

Athletes compete in the Women's 3,000 metres Steeplechase heats during Day One of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia on 10 August 2013. © Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

The steeplechase always makes great images, from up high, low, in the water... the best part of the race is the 'Big Jump'. I set up a remote camera before the race and fired it from my position in-field with an 8-15mm fisheye lens set at 15mm for this picture. I wanted to underexpose the image so the runners…

The steeplechase always makes great images, from up high, low, in the water... the best part of the race is the 'Big Jump'. I set up a remote camera before the race and fired it from my position in-field with an 8-15mm fisheye lens set at 15mm for this picture. I wanted to underexpose the image so the runners were silhouetted. I wanted them to make a nice shape in the frame when they were in the air and, fortunately, this was one of the many frames I took hoping for the right moment.

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Aug11

Off To The Races

By Jamie Squire, Sunday August 11, 2013

Runners leave the Luzhniki Stadium at the start of the Women's Marathon during Day One of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships in Moscow, Russia, 10 August 2013. © Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Day One of the IAAF Athletics is now complete. My day started off with some preliminary heats in the morning and then a fun-filled afternoon of covering the Women's Marathon through the streets of Moscow. It was the hottest day since I arrived almost one week ago on August the 5th. The sun was out in full force…

Day One of the IAAF Athletics is now complete. My day started off with some preliminary heats in the morning and then a fun-filled afternoon of covering the Women's Marathon through the streets of Moscow. It was the hottest day since I arrived almost one week ago on August the 5th. The sun was out in full force, which allowed for some great patterns of light and shadow. The evening saw the return to the track of Olympic Champions Usain Bolt of Jamaica and Mo Farah of Great Britain. After the competition, Opening Ceremonies were held inside the stadium. Vladimir Putin spoke and fireworks blasted off at the conclusion. If the remainder of the competition is even half as good as the first day was, we're in for a highly successful event.

From left to right: Agne Serksniene (Lithuania), Olesea Cojuhari (Moldova), Omolara Omotoso (Nigeria), Ashley Spencer (USA), Kineke Alexander (Saint Vincent) and Antonina Krivoshapka (Russia) compete in Heat 1 of the Women's 400m event during Day One of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia on 10 August 2013. © Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Gunnar Nixon (USA) competes in the Men's Decathlon Long Jump during Day One of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia on 10 August 2013. © Jamie Squire/Getty Images

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Aug11

Being Stuck in the Marathon Truck

By Robert Ghement, Sunday August 11, 2013

A competitor calls for help as one of the runners in the Women's Marathon collapses in the heat of the Moscow streets, Moscow, Russia, 10 August 2013. © Robert Ghement/EPA

The Marathon discipline is not for the faint-hearted, sports-wise speaking, but shooting it is not that hard. Pictures could be taken along the the route from fixed positions, but the most exciting way to illustrate this endurance sport is to shoot from the platform of the Marathon Truck. Despite…

The Marathon discipline is not for the faint-hearted, sports-wise speaking, but shooting it is not that hard. Pictures could be taken along the the route from fixed positions, but the most exciting way to illustrate this endurance sport is to shoot from the platform of the Marathon Truck. Despite being funny at first glance, shooting from the Marathon Truck's platform is a tricky business. The advantage is that photographers are always in front of the running pack, being ready for the unexpected, but with this comes with a penalty: that platform is not that rock-stable, and shooting with long lenses is difficult. The photographer must keep all of his equipment secured at all times, so as not to fall from the truck or to hurt his colleagues by mistake.

In order to be ready for the Marathon Truck ride we must take rain protection gear for us and our equipment, as well as providing some anti-vibrational measures for the equipment and for ourselves. A good idea is a soft pad, to dampen your body vibrations, as well as a soft pad to support your monopod bearing the long lens - the 500mm f/4 or the 400mm f/2.8 with 1.4x extender. The main reason for being in that truck is to catch whatever will happen in the race, as well to make features with the athletes running alongside the beauty spots of the host town. But ultimately, to catch the athletes drive and their reactions!

Italian runner Valeria Straneo (centre) pictured leading during the Women's Marathon event, Moscow, Russia, 10 August 2013. © Robert Ghement/EPA

The Marathon Truck pictured in Moscow, Russia, 10 August 2013. © Robert Ghement/EPA

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Aug10

MO-scow!

By Julian Finney, Saturday August 10, 2013

Mo Farah of Great Britain crosses the line to win gold in the Men's 10,000 metres final during Day One of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium on 10 August 2013 in Moscow, Russia. © Julian Finney/Getty Images

Mo Farah of Great Britain did the 'Mobot' again after he won the Men's 10,000m. His dominance in this event saw him cross the line first and repeat his celebration from the London Olympics. With all our camera remotes set up over the last few days it was a relief to see them all fire. After great…

Mo Farah of Great Britain did the 'Mobot' again after he won the Men's 10,000m. His dominance in this event saw him cross the line first and repeat his celebration from the London Olympics. With all our camera remotes set up over the last few days it was a relief to see them all fire. After great coverage from Day One there was barely anytime to eat. Another five hours of sleep ahead of me... and back in nice and early tomorrow. Here's a couple of pictures of MO!

Mo Farah of Great Britain celebrates winning gold in the Men's 10,000 metres final during Day One of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at Luzhniki Stadium on 10 August 2013 in Moscow, Russia. © Julian Finney/Getty Images

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Aug10

Slow Shutters and Fisheyes

By Adrian Dennis, Saturday August 10, 2013

Jamaica's Usain Bolt (right) wins a Men's 100 metres qualifier at the 2013 IAAF World Championships at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, on 10 August 2013. © Adrian Dennis/AFP

The day began with Decathlon and the preliminary rounds of the Men's 100 metres; good practice ahead of the Men's Final tomorrow. With my remote cameras in place early, I had time to think about shooting something arty. I took advantage of the CPS service and borrowed a fisheye lens. I'm sure it'll…

The day began with Decathlon and the preliminary rounds of the Men's 100 metres; good practice ahead of the Men's Final tomorrow. With my remote cameras in place early, I had time to think about shooting something arty. I took advantage of the CPS service and borrowed a fisheye lens. I'm sure it'll be over-worked considering the stadium is circular. However, the picture I envisioned didn't quite work. Decathletes don't tend to get high enough to be 'clean' against the sky and secondly there's a huge floating space station suspended in the middle of the arena. I'm hoping it'll disappear after the Opening Ceremony and I'll try doing the photo again with the Men's long jumpers. The day pretty much went to plan, I had time to 'play' with the 10,000 metres race. Over the years I've become quite partial to shooting sport using slow shutter speeds. The 25 laps gave me plenty of opportunities to experiment. But then it was to the finish line for the obligatory flag-waving by Mo Farah, followed by Usain Bolt cruising over the line to win his heat.

Belgium's Thomas van der Plaetsen competes during the Men's Decathlon long jump event at the 2013 IAAF World Championships at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, on 10 August 2013. © Adrian Dennis/AFP

Guinea-Bissau's Holder da Silva (left) and Antigua's Daniel Bailey run during the Men's 100 metres qualifications at the 2013 IAAF World Championships at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, on 10 August 2013. © Adrian Dennis/AFP

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Aug10

Slow out of the blocks!

By Ian MacNicol, Saturday August 10, 2013

Edna Ngeringwony Kiplagat of Kenya (second from right) passes in front of St. Basil’s Cathedral as she competes in the Women's Marathon during Day One of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium on 10 August 2013 in Moscow, Russia. © Ian MacNicol/INPHO

Apologies for probably being one of the last to blog – my reason being I only arrived here late last night via a very brief visit home after nearly three weeks in Barcelona shooting Aquatics. I’m out here for the Dublin-based agency INPHO – so it’s a big advantage that we are three hours ahead…

Apologies for probably being one of the last to blog – my reason being I only arrived here late last night via a very brief visit home after nearly three weeks in Barcelona shooting Aquatics. I’m out here for the Dublin-based agency INPHO – so it’s a big advantage that we are three hours ahead here in Moscow as INPHO runs a super-efficient picture desk and pictures need to be moved double-quick.

I always feel the first day of an event to be the most challenging with all the logistical issues to over come – finding out how every thing works… or doesn’t! It’s been a reasonable first day; I braved the underground and headed out to St. Basil’s Cathedral to shoot the Women’s Marathon at the 15km point – although I made it, I’m afraid our only Irish competitor never made it that far! C’est la vie – but it was nonetheless a pretty spectacular backdrop. I’m gonna sign off with a big respect to Mo [Farah] – he’s the man!

Edna Ngeringwony Kiplagat of Kenya wins the Women's Marathon during Day One of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium on 10 August 2013 in Moscow, Russia. © Ian MacNicol/INPHO

Mo Farah of Great Britain poses with his gold medal after his 10,000m victory during Day One of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Stadium on 10 August 2013 in Moscow, Russia. © Ian MacNicol/INPHO

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Aug10

A bird's eye view

By Laci Perényi, Saturday August 10, 2013

Young me in 1980 at the Olympic Stadium, Moscow, USSR. © Laci Perényi/SportPhoto by Laci Perényi

After 33 years it is my first time back in the old Olympic Stadium of 1980! I will add three photos to my blog today; one from 1980 and two from 2013. The first day of the World Athletics Championships started with the Men's Decathlon. I positioned myself in the highest row of seats, almost under the roof…

After 33 years it is my first time back in the old Olympic Stadium of 1980! I will add three photos to my blog today; one from 1980 and two from 2013. The first day of the World Athletics Championships started with the Men's Decathlon. I positioned myself in the highest row of seats, almost under the roof, to photograph the Decathlon 100m starts with the Canon 600mm f/4 lens. The second picture was taken with a long shutter speed, 1/15sec at f/32, and shows the first preliminaries of the 100m sprints this morning. As I like to experiment I chose this longer shutter speed in order to catch the runners in this specific way. This time I again worked with the Canon 600mm f/4.

A bird's eye view of one of the Men's Decathlon 100m starts, Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, 10 August 2013. © Laci Perényi/SportPhoto by Laci Perényi

Long shutter speed shot of one of the Men's Decathlon 100m starts, Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, 10 August 2013. © Laci Perényi/SportPhoto by Laci Perényi

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Aug09

Up in the air!

By Ian Walton, Friday August 9, 2013

Fitting remote EOS-1D X cameras in the roof of the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, 9 August 2013. © Ian Walton/Getty Images

The day before the opening day of the IAAF World Championships was spent in the roof of Luzhniki Stadium sorting out and mounting all the remote cameras. We installed five Canon EOS-1D X remote cameras in the roof; two of the cameras were mounted over the finish line - one was head-on and the other was…

The day before the opening day of the IAAF World Championships was spent in the roof of Luzhniki Stadium sorting out and mounting all the remote cameras. We installed five Canon EOS-1D X remote cameras in the roof; two of the cameras were mounted over the finish line - one was head-on and the other was side-on. The side-on camera was fitted with a Canon 24-70mm lens and the finish line head-on camera was fitted with a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens. We put a camera over the start line with a 70-200mm lens to capture the graphic movement of the sprinters coming out of the blocks. The two remaining cameras ware positioned over the long jump and triple jump pits to capture landing of the athletes in the sand and the aftermath of their jumps. The two pit cameras were mounted with 300mm f/4 lenses.

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Aug09

Athletes converge on Red Square...

By Jamie Squire, Friday August 9, 2013

Head of the Moscow Department for Sports, Aleksey Vorobyev (centre), and IAAF Vice-President Sergey Bubka (arms outstretched) pose alongside athletes ahead of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships on 8 August 2013 in Moscow, Russia. © Jamie Squire/Getty Images

On Thursday the 8th of August top athletes from around the world met at Red Square to be formally welcomed to the IAAF World Championships. Head of Moscow Department for Sports Aleksey Vorobyev and IAAF Vice-President Sergey Bubka posed alongside Fabiana Murer of Brazil, Asbel Kiprop of Kenya, Koji Murofushi…

On Thursday the 8th of August top athletes from around the world met at Red Square to be formally welcomed to the IAAF World Championships. Head of the Moscow Department for Sports Aleksey Vorobyev and IAAF Vice-President Sergey Bubka posed alongside Fabiana Murer of Brazil, Asbel Kiprop of Kenya, Koji Murofushi of Japan, Kirani James of Grenada, Anna Chicherova of Russia, Yuriy Borzakovskiy of Russia, Sally Pearson of Australia, Ashton Eaton of the USA, Allyson Felix of the USA and Aries Merritt of the USA. It was interesting to watch as the athletes were the only things able to draw tourists' eyes away from the lovely St. Basil's Cathedral. Ashton Eaton relayed how excited he was to have a chance to meet some of the Russian people while simultaneously taking in the sights.

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Aug09

Bolt - The Track Star Marionette

By Cameron Spencer, Friday August 9, 2013

A Usain Bolt of Jamaica puppet is seen on the track ahead of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Sports Complex on 9 August 2013 in Moscow, Russia. © Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Today when we were preparing our remote cameras at the finish line, I glanced across the track and saw a miniature Usain Bolt marionette marching up the track towards me... I had one camera body on me with a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens and ran across the track to it. Amused by what I saw, I laid down on the track…

Today when we were preparing our remote cameras at the finish line, I glanced across the track and saw a miniature Usain Bolt marionette marching up the track towards me... I had one camera body on me with a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens and ran across the track to it. Amused by what I saw, I laid down on the track to create the lowest angle and point of view. The picture is one that was quite unexpected and it will probably be picked up by newspapers because it's amusing - the first time I've ever witnessed a marionette of an athlete at a major sporting event. Bolt is sprinting royalty and the star of this track meet that everyone is looking forward to witnessing again. I know that it will be another special evening come the 100 metres final... he loves to perform on the big stage.

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Aug09

Late night lock in

By Julian Finney, Friday August 9, 2013

Me setting up a remote camera in the roof before the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Sports Complex on 8 August 2013 in Moscow, Russia. © Julian Finney/Getty Images

We arrived on Monday for previews for the World Athletics Championships in Moscow and venue set up. Canon's arrival of a truck-load of equipment is always a good sight. With a day to go our set up is almost complete. As the athletes go through their final training sessions the media have their own preparations…

We arrived on Monday for previews for the World Athletics Championships in Moscow and venue set up. Canon's arrival of a truck-load of equipment is always a good sight. With a day to go our set up is almost complete. As the athletes go through their final training sessions the media have their own preparations to make. At these Championships we have decided to attach five cameras to the roof as remotes. With a course in heights achieved we were harnessed up and ready to attach the Canon cameras from the roof. This has taken up most of my week and hopefully the cameras are lined up and working safely. As we crawled our way down safely tonight we found the roof had been locked, leaving me and my colleague stranded. After a few phone calls we were directed to find another exit; this was a darkened stairway down the old Olympic Stadium to our safety and then off to bed.

Canon camera boxes arrive ahead of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Sports Complex on 7 August 2013 in Moscow, Russia. © Julian Finney/Getty Images

A general view ahead of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013, at the Luzhniki Sports Complex on 9 August 2013 in Moscow, Russia. © Julian Finney/Getty Images

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Aug09

Learning Curve - the day before it begins!

By Adrian Dennis, Friday August 9, 2013

Usain Bolt puppet in Moscow. © Adrian Dennis/AFP

The days before the opening of the World Championships in Moscow are about learning. "Where is the hotel breakfast room? What does prune porridge taste like?" To more practical, the bus ride to the stadium takes an hour; there's got to be a better way! Then more complicated issues, setting up VLAN cables…

The days before the opening of the World Championships in Moscow are about learning. "Where is the hotel breakfast room? What does prune porridge taste like?" To more practical, the bus ride to the stadium takes an hour; there's got to be a better way! Then more complicated issues, setting up VLAN cables in the stadium, configuring my laptop, positioning remote cameras. I've spent all day learning the stadium. Walking the in-field several times, hopefully trying to notice a different angle. The layout of the track is slightly different. The pole vault is on the "finish line" end of the field while the cage at the far end. It's stressful when there's one lap to go in the 10,000 metres and I'm not where I should be! I need to be at the finish, hopefully photographing Mo Farah with his arms outstretched. But before that there's five other events I need to shoot. Working on the athletics in-field you have to manage your time properly. It's very tempting to keep shooting - you know there's a good picture coming but often you have to get up and move on to the next event. Once the session starts, it's non-stop. Hopefully everything will work, I'm in the right place at the right time and not dodging a discus running back to the finish line at the sound of the bell!

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Aug09

A New Start

By Giancarlo Colombo, Friday August 9, 2013

The calm before the storm. A deserted Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, 9 August 2013. © Giancarlo Colombo

After a three hour plus flight from Milan to Moscow, here we are again! The IAAF World Championships start on the 10th of August, but my colleagues and I are already here for our photographers’ briefing. As soon as I saw my friends we started to say hello and hug; we spoke about old stories and we…

After a three hour plus flight from Milan to Moscow, here we are again! The IAAF World Championships start on the 10th of August, but my colleagues and I are already here for our photographers’ briefing. As soon as I saw my friends we started to say hello and hug; we spoke about old stories and we had lots of laughs; then we ended thinking about future lenses and Canon machines. What an incredible day! I can't wait to work with my friends and to experience all of the feelings of this new World Championships! Let's go!!!

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Photographers

  • Giancarlo Colombo

  • Adrian Dennis
    (AFP)

  • Julian Finney
    (Getty Images)

  • Robert Ghement
    (EPA)

  • Andrey Golovanov & Sergey Kivrin

  • Ian MacNicol
    (INPHO)

  • Kerim Okten
    (EPA)

  • Laci Perényi
    (SportPhoto by Laci Perényi)

  • Cameron Spencer
    (Getty Images)

  • Jamie Squire
    (Getty Images)

  • Ian Walton
    (Getty Images)