Photographer gives himself 'one percent' of the credit for Usain Bolt lightning shot

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"I was thinking more along the lines of an enduring feature photograph, rather than your typical news shot," AFP photographer Olivier Morin writes about his -- sorry -- striking picture of Usain Bolt crushing his closest competitor in the 100-meter final in Moscow Sunday.

Photo by Olivier Morin/AFP

"I admit, with only a thumbnail view at first, I didn’t even see the lightning in the background, but after a moment I saw four photos with the bolt in the sky," Morin writes in a blog post.

Two of these weren’t usable because the cloud was too dark and the lightning was hard to see. But with the other two images, thanks to a little luck, the lightning is nice and visible; I’d gotten “the” shot. ...

In my 25 years as a photographer I’ve never had an uncontrollable external element make a photo like this, and I imagine if I tried again for a similar result for the next 50 years, it wouldn’t happen again. So, I only really give myself credit for one percent of this picture!

"The picture has instantly become one of the great iconic sports images," a Yahoo blog post reads.

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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