Shooting Sports Action with Digital Photographer

I’ve always liked style and moving images and have a natural instinct for ‘the decisive moment’ so shooting sports photography was a natural progression for me in my commercial career.
I started in photojournalism, moved into fashion and got well paid to shoot sports advertising.
I’ve shot celebrity athletes like Lance Armstrong, Ellen MacArthur, Barry McGuigan and both the Spanish and British Olympic Teams so it was great to be asked by Digital Photographer to contribute to their article on shooting sport – just in time for London 2012,
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bear grylls

working for US Runners World I was stoked to meet all action adventure hero and survival specialist Bear Grylls.

It rained, rained and then rained a bit more….

There was a film crew shooting BTS of the photo shoot and I got to play in Bear’s den where he had some awesome props like the paramotor he strapped to his back and flew over the Himalayas.

Total respect….makes my job look like a walk in the park.

bear grylls by john hicks

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Rafa Botello – twilight portraits shot on flash

shooting professional athlete Rafa Botello for my ‘Twilight Portraits’ series of images, I had the shot set up perfectly and was all prepped and ready for that all too short window of twilight that comes and goes in a flash.
Here you see the light and the balance is perfect but I had wanted to make this a moving image and just as Rafa set off his tyre blew out and he had to do a quick change…Fast as he was the light fell faster into the night to make this much of a differnce but while, to me at least, the top shot is more technically well balanced I still prefer the moving one below.