Back in November I did a post about the caber toss competition at the Scottish Festival in Fergus, Ontario. Today felt like an action shot day, so I decided to revisit my festival photos. It was truly awe inspiring watching the athletes that day because of their brute strength and dedication, and I spent the entire heavy events competition experimenting with my telephoto lens as we sat way up at the top of the stands. I didn’t have a tripod with me, but I was able to steady my camera with my elbows in my lap, and I was actually pretty impressed with the results.
This particular shot was taken during the weight for distance event. This event entails hurling a 56 or 28 lb. weight as far as possible while maintaining control behind a trig. The athlete spins to gain momentum on the weight then releases it. The strength of these men was magnificent. I love the look of extreme effort on his face as well as the concentration on his fellow competitor’s face as he watches. It’s almost like he is willing him to fail! LOL