As my daily work continues to be for stories that won’t be published for awhile, I will once again dip into the past.
Today’s oldie is from the Winter Olympics in Torino in February 2006.
My assignment in Italy was to stay in the mountains and work the alpine events. I shot numerous sports for the first time and despite the cold weather and difficult working conditions, I had a fabulous time.
Everyday at an Olympics is jam-packed with activity and one rarely has any off time. Late in the Games, while the women’s figure skating short program was going on down in the city, I was given the option of taking the night off or going out and shooting something that I wanted to photograph.
I chose to go to ski jumping and play.
It was a joy to not have deadline pressure and to not have to concentrate on the winners and losers.
I exhausted my entire bag of tricks that foggy night. I silhouetted, panned, zoomed shot super tight and incredibly loose and finally waded into the treees in waist deep snow to make this image.
I won’t be going to Vancouver in 2010 but I can’t wait to see the images that are created.
©2006 Scott Strazzante/ Chicago Tribune