Shooting Sports: Bob Martin

Horses clear the final hurdle of the Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle horse race, the 3rd race of the final day of "The Cheltenham Festival." A Class A Grade 1 hurdle run over three miles and 12 hurdles. Photo by Bob Martin

Watching the horses approach the fence I was pleased to see them bunched together on the rail. The horses demolished the hurdle just missing the camera. That’s the beauty of remotes; the ability to put a camera where you just can't be!

I used a Nikon D3S with a Nikkor 14-24mm lens set at 19mm at 1/3200th second to completely freeze the action.  Wide angle remotes need at least 1/2000th second to freeze lateral action and the wider the lens the higher the shutter speed. I used a Pocket Wizard MultiMAX to fire the camera which works up to around 200 meters away. Radio waves from TV, etc., can interfere so test, test and test again!


Bob Martin

Bob MartinBob Martin is a sports photographer based in England. He has been awarded the title of British Sports Photographer of the Year three times and has won numerous photography contests including first place for sports at World Press Photo in 2005. He has photographed every major sporting event including the last thirteen Summer and Winter Olympic Games. Martin’s work has been published in Sports Illustrated, Time, Newsweek, Life, Paris Match, The Sunday Times and The New York Times.

www.bobmartin.com

 

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