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By: Gustav Hoiland

Apr 22 2012

Category: boxing

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Aperture:f/1.6
Focal Length:50mm
ISO:3200
Shutter:1/1000 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Black & White

Walk, walk, walkwalkwalkwalk, photophotophoto, eat, walk walk walk. Verbs of a day. Circuitous routes around Boston, then the hard-hitting circular dances within the ring.

Every couple of months there’s an amateur fight night at a local gym that a friend introduced me to. A dozen bouts in the ring, accompanied by one frantic gus trying to figure out how best to photograph the action (or the surrounding scene).

How do I photograph an excellent jab, when not even the opponent can detect in that hundredth of a second whether or not a fist will be coming his way? In a strange way, all of the best photos obscured from my sight exactly their greatness at capture. Anytime I clicked the shutter and just missed seeing something, that’s when that something had happened in that fractional timescape when the something occured. Or something.

To rest.

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