Erin Hamlin (USA) competes in the Womens Luge Final at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Photo by Simon Bruty / Sports Illustrated

This image is from the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. I went to the luge final with a pan in mind. The beauty of the event is that the competitors go twice. On the second run the best go last so it gives you plenty of time to figure out what shutter speed works best. Panning is all about getting the balance right between the blur effect and keeping the subject razor sharp. The slower the shutter speed the better the blur but there is a greater chance of the subject being out of focus. This is the dilemma.

This image was shot on a Canon mark4 with a 300mm 2.8 at a 40th/sec

Simon Bruty

Simon BrutySimon Bruty began his career as a lab assistant for the Allsport agency in London.  Originally from the U.K., he is currently a staff photographer for Sports Illustrated and lives in Washington DC. In addition to being an accomplished sports action photographer he is also extremely proficient in portraiture, photographing personalities like Michael Phelps with his eight Olympic gold medals, Lance Armstrong and David Beckham. One of Simon's photographs was chosen in 2003 to be included in The London Observer’s list of the World's 50 Greatest Sports Photographs.


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