With the 2022 Olympics in Beijing over, Associated Press photographers look back on the monumental task of creatively capturing athletes in sub-zero temperatures in the COVID bubble.
As part of shotThe news agency, a monthly series that introduces the photojournalism of AP staff photographers, shared multiple photos taken by a number of photojournalist who were tasked with shooting this year’s Olympics. Below are 10 of these photos and the thoughts of the photographer. See the AP blog for more information.
“Before going to the Olympics, I tried not to get too excited. In a country where almost everyone was infected with the virus, I had to test negative for COVID twice,” said Natacha Pisarenko. increase. “This photo shows the fact that I made it. After all the stress, testing and paperwork, I covered the opening ceremony of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.”
“The COVID rules that isolated us from the general public and put us in the cold have made it difficult to connect China with its people,” says Alessandra Tarantino. “We arrived at the cross-country event in Zhangjiakou and were greeted by this smiling volunteer, but her smile was hidden behind a plastic shield and ice. Despite the challenge, she was kind. It was kind, but she deserved to freeze her smile all at once. “
“I was appointed as a cross-country ski editor for this year’s Winter Olympics coverage, but I have a camera in case I need to help with the coverage. And I take pictures in between competitive events. There is always an opportunity to look for it, “says John Rocher.
“Here, when I noticed the warm twilight twilight light from the window into the evening sky, I had a computer installed in the press center. Before the cameras went out at night, I scrambled them to collect them. The course was quiet, but thankfully several skiers were out during an informal training session. Shutter speed when panning the camera with one skier from the Russian Olympic Commission. When it was slow, the sky and the course were blurred. “
“My team and I were assigned to ski jumping, but on the last day of Shaun White’s run we went snowboarding to help our colleagues,” says Frank Franklin. “We were happy to be a multiplier of power. I have never taken a picture of a snowboard. This picture is the result of really great teamwork and flexible planning.”
“During the pre-qualifying training for Women’s Aerials, it was snowing below freezing one night. “It’s now,” recalls Francisco Seco. “But we stayed because we were taking really nice pictures. This skier looks like he’s flying in a star-filled universe.”
“I covered my ski jumping trial on one of the coldest and snowiest nights. Poland’s David Kubaki was focused on breathing before the jump,” says Andrew Medicini. .. “The steam of his breath tells us how frozen it was (around -20 degrees Celsius).”
“We knew that Brittany Bowe of the United States spotted teammate Erin Jackson in a 500-meter long-track speed skating race after the number one Jackson stumbled in an Olympic trial. Bowe’s sacrifice was justified when Jackson earned money for the United States, “says Ashley Landis.
“The moving moments in this photo summarize the roller coaster journey. Jackson and her team endured the final podium.”
“If you cover 32 people at the same time for a few weeks, curling can be repeated, so I slowed down and started looking for details,” Brin Anderson says of the photo above.
“I found Olympic ring tattoos, curling earrings, and smaller details that reveal a big personality. When Satsuki Fujisawa of Japan ran into her hair, I put her in her hand. I saw the message I wrote:’I’m a good curler. I’m confident. Have fun!’Even Olympic athletes need affirmative words. “
“It wouldn’t have been possible with previous cameras. With a shutter speed of 1/32000 seconds, a frame rate of 30 frames / second, and if you’re lucky, you can see the bullets pop out. Athletes are most focused. A beer athlete’s rifle that captures the moment when it’s done, “says Frank Augustine.
“After days of fierce drama about Russian Olympic Committee skater Camilla Barriera, the 15-year-old finally got on the ice to run her short program,” says David J. Philip. “I set the 135mm f / 1.8 lens to full throttle to help separate the subject from the background. She jumped into the perfect spot to capture dramatic moments.”
Many other photographs and the stories behind them can be found in AP’s complete retrospective on the 2022 Beijing Olympics.
Image credit: Header photo by Francisco Seco and Frank Augustine. All other photos were credited individually and provided with the kindness of the Associated Press.