I find that the smaller the event, the greater the opportunity to be creative. This is because 1) nobody is interested in the winner of the weight throw competition at the Millrose Games; 2) nobody cares if you are flashing a light, or if they do, nobody says anything; 3) access, and often the venues themselves, are better; and 4) deadlines. There usually aren't any (see 1).
In a lonely outpost of the Millrose Games last week, I shot the hammer throw. It was held at the Track and Field Center at the Armory, way up in Harlem. Later that evening, most of the games of the 104th annual indoor track event would take place at the Garden and I would have to go there for the Wall Street Journal, but for now, I liked the slower pace of this event.
I brought a light and used a slow shutter speed, to try to marry motion and stop-action in one frame. Because who knows what this event is all about? I do, after shooting it. Throw this big heavy thing at the end of a chain just as far as you can.
And then I went to the Garden. I've shot the Games for years, but never saw the starting line from this angle until now.