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Stop Motion

Post & Edit: Ben Images: Ben, Terrell & Kym November 19, 2012

In 1872,  photographer Eadweard Muybridge photographed a horse in gallop to settle a commonly debated question of the day— if all four feet of a horse were off the ground at the same time while in gallop. What he confirmed was something the naked human eye could not perceive; in gallop all four feet did indeed lift off the ground. To accomplish this, Muybridge placed numerous large glass-plate cameras in a line along the edge of the track; the shutter of each was triggered by a thread as the horse passed. His stop motion studies of the Horse In Motion were some of the first of their kind. Incredibly, the sequential cameras created a frame rate quick enough to capture motion sequence.
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140 years later, sports photographers accomplish the same result as Muybridge; stop motion. We shoot to uncover peak action, but unlike Muybridge we have the privilege to shoot at frame rates as high as 12 Frames Per Second with the click of a button. The result…each play shot catalogues a sequence of images; moments otherwise imperceivable by the human eye. These series uncover just how exceptional athletes truly are.

My post this week shows images captured on a single play, composited to reveal the incredible athleticism players display on each run, tackle, kick, and catch.

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