The comical moment where Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos dumps an ice bucket over his teammate Jayson Werth almost feels staged. Photographers huddle energetically, hoping to get their shot, as television reporter MASN Dan smiles and walks toward the freezing baseball player. Tim Brown’s framing makes this slapstick scene even more fantastic.
If your evening dose of Bob Costas or 3 a.m. livestreaming isn’t satisfying your Olympics fix, there are plenty of other ways to keep track of the Games. Many photographers and athletes in Sochi posting to social media, so we decided to put together a compilation of lists we have found.
Photographer Melissa Lyttle created a Twitter list of photographers at the Games.
Huffington Post Canada compiled a list of Canadian athletes posting to Instagram.
Buzzfeed has their own list of athletes sharing on Instagram.
The New York Times has a list of Russian journalists covering the games and posting to Instagram. It also has a stream of Olympics photos they’re calling the Sochi Photo Firehose; since they disappear after a few moments, it’s like a steady flow of (safe-for-work) Snapchats.
Olympians on Instagram, as compiled by Gizmodo.
And finally, People Magazine published a list of athletes and journalists to follow on Twitter, with a few bonus Instagram-ers.
Photographer Brian Knight has spent the last fourteen years involved in sporting events. He has worked his way up from a race volunteer to owner of Swim Bike Run Photography, a business that covers over forty road races, triathlons, adventure races and fun run events a year. A winner of five of the annual Exposed photo contests, Knight shares with us details of the hard work and time it takes to make great race photographs.
In 1999 I started helping a friend with his new company that produced off-road events like adventure races, triathlons, mountain bike races, and trail runs. What began as volunteer work turned into a second, nearly full time job that lasted about five years. I did a little bit of everything, met a bunch of really neat people, and learned a lot about what it takes to make a race happen. Meanwhile, in late 1999, having never really used a camera before, I walked into a Walmart and bought my first camera, a (digital) Sony Mavica which used a 1.44 MB floppy disk for memory and whose resolution maxed out at 640×480 (no need to count megapixels with that baby). I actually used that camera to photograph the first race that we ever produced. It had a really nice lens and I think it might have held as many as 16 images!