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My image from the first week of Wimbledon

Here we are in the second round of Wimbledon and Lukas Rosol provides a better celebration image than we sometimes get from the Wimbledon final.

This is the split second he realised he’s won. Beating the World number 2 Rafa Nadal was the achievement of the week. It was a mamouth match that went on for 3 hours 19 minutes. I thought Rafa would come back and win but incredibly Lukas Rosol kept up his incredibly high standard of play.

I was taking action pictures all through the game but really I was waiting for this moment. At match point some players jump, some fall to their knees others turn away to hide their emotion. If he’d jumped he would have been out of the frame but fortunately he sank to his knees.

After what must have been a gruelling match he still looks fresh faced and as though he’d happily do it all again!

Camera Data

Nikon D4 and 300mm lens

Exposure. 1/800th of a second at F2.8, ISO 1250

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The Big Picture, The official Team GB photograph.

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This is the official Team GB team photograph, the Big Picture! All 541 of Great Britain’s athletes that competed at the London 2012 Olympics. Its a photo montage, shot over six weeks as the athletes picked up their official kit at Loughborogh University. The athletes would arrive in ones or two’s and we organised them on a specially built plinth. Each athlete was then placed in a specific area on the plinth corresponding to their final position in the Big Picture.

When I had the original idea I thought it would be possible to shoot all the athletes in one go or maybe combine two images together.  This final image has over 250 separate images montaged together, it became a massive jigsaw puzzle.

Georgie Gillard and Lucy Ray, my fellow photographers helped with the day to day photography and logistics. Once we had a system in place for captioning and identifying each athlete the hard work was complete. Pictures like this have to be right on the first day, if you make a mistake it will be magnified as each day. The pictures show how the image grew everyday from left to right, we kept the athletes in their sports and  added in pieces of their sports apparatus, ie, the Archer holding a bow and the Chris Hoy holding a bike wheel.

David Cameron visited the preparation camp during the six weeks and asked for a framed print to hang at No10, you can see me handing over the print which now hangs in Downing street!

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Photo Shoot Behind The Scenes with WTA Players

Here’s a behind the scenes video from a shoot I did in Madrid. It was a fashion shoot for the Daily Mail with Bethanie Mattek-Sands,Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Marion Bartoli, Angelique Kerber, Agnieszka Radwanksa and Gisela Dulko.

Thanks to Alex, Amanda, MJ, and Lucy R.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/tennis/article-2164593/Wimbledon-2012-Glamour-shoot-scenes.html#ixzz1zOJSL1x6