Olympic Gold for Great Britain, 1 August 2012

Olympic Gold for Great Britain, 1 August 2012

Bradley Wiggins riding to victory in the Olympic mens time trail cycling race.

This was taken as the race wound its way alongside the river in Surbiton, with a film crew right behind, capturing every moment of what turned out to be a gold medal winning performance. The roar of the crowd, which echoed from far down the road, acting as a warning bell that the next competitor was close, was easily loudest for Wiggins, who was tipped to be a hot contender for the top spot.

The high speeds of the cyclists and the extremely brief moment of opportunity to photograph them as they pass by was a challenge. The constantly changing light, from bright afternoon sunshine to clouds, provided another variable factor.

I found myself drawing parallels with concert photography, where a special, split second of action – amidst unpredictable light – must be caught or lost forever. Golden moments indeed…

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