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Behind the Shot with Jeff Cable

A picture is worth a thousand words, sure. But have you ever wondered what was reeling in the minds of the photographer as soon as they released the shutter? We asked Pro Team member Jeff Cable to share his personal favorite shots and the stories behind them. Here, Jeff recounts what it took to get that perfect shot.


“Early in 2014, I was fortunate to photograph my fourth Olympic Games for Team USA. I love this shot from the US vs. Canada semifinal hockey game because of how much is going on in this one frame. There is a mass of humanity in front of the net, the goal tender intensely watching the play, and the puck in the frame. The idea of photography is to tell a story, and this single frame shows how hard both teams were fighting to win that game.”


“This race car shot is very special to me because it was taken at the Indianapolis Speedway at 1/40 sec with me panning along with the car. It is tough enough to pan handheld and get a clear shot of the car, but I had never tried shooting a fast-moving race car at such a slow shutter speed. I was happily surprised to see how perfectly sharp the car was, with perfect focus and panning speed. I started panning at 1/100 sec, and then moved to 1/80, 1/60 and eventually tried to push myself to see if I could grab this frame at 1/40.”


“I recently returned from a week of photography in Costa Rica; I went there hoping to get a nice shot of these beautifully colored tree frogs. On my second day in Costa Rica, I was lucky enough to get this tree frog as my subject. After shooting numerous photos of him, he put his hand up as if giving me the signal that he had enough posing. The expression on the frog’s face still makes me laugh.”