Simply striking: Photographer captures 'once in a lifetime' shot
Monday, August 12, 2013, 10:39 - Despite capturing what is already being referred to as one of the most-iconic photographs in sports history, the man behind the lens is taking credit for only 'one percent' of the end result.
Olivier Morin, an AFP photographer, captured a lightning bolt and the appropriately named Usain Bolt as he crossed the finish line to win the men's 100-metre final in Moscow on Sunday. The photograph immediately took the social media universe by storm, but Morin was quick to point out how much was a result of pure chance
"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 photo was captured by one of five remote-controlled cameras set up at the finish line to capture the winner from different angles and perspectives. Morin admitted at first he didn't notice the bolt of lightning in the background, as he was viewing the sequence of photos in thumbnail form, but in the blog post also cited he had gotten "the" shot.