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Dizzying photos of Sochi athletes in flight

February 19, 2014
February 19, 2014

Olympic photography is a competitive business, especially for the veteran professionals who have to go toe-to-toe with drone cameras, photo agencies installing lightning-speed fiber optic networks at the games, and astronomically expensive and rapidly changing camera technology.

As such, photographers hoping for big hits at Sochi must marry their technical knowhow with a creative touch. “You always get the jump, you always get the react,” Denis Paquin, deputy photo director for the Associated Press, told Gizmodo. “I’m always asking them to look for something a little different… A little detail shot.”

Case in point: this series of sequential shots by Reuters. Using multiple exposures taken in split-second intervals and then combined into a single image, photographers for the agency managed to capture flurrying movements and stillness at once.

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Here, Joji Kato of Japan (top) and Mo Tae-bum of South Korea are pictured competing in the men’s 500 meters speed skating event.(Reuters/Marko Djurica)
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France’s Anemone Marmottan is seen speeding down the mountain during the women’s alpine skiing giant slalom event.(Reuters/Dominic Ebenbichler)
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Kim Yuna of South Korea is pictured practicing her routine during a figure skating training session at Sochi’s Iceberg Skating Palace.(Reuters/Lucy Nicholson)
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Germany’s Anke Wischnewski speeds down the track in the women’s singles luge event.(Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch)
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Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Igor Laikert goes airborne during the downhill run of the men’s alpine skiing super combined event.(Reuters/Stefano Rellandini)
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It’s dizzying enough just to look at. Imagine what she feels like.(Reuters/Brian Snyder)
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Japanese figure skater Tatsuki Machida and his six legs.(Reuters/Lucy Nicholson)

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