Award-winning Canon Explorer, Eddie Keogh is a freelance sports photographer. He worked for UK national newspapers from 1986 until 2005, when he joined Reuters as a contract photographer. Eddie covered his first Olympic Games in Los Angeles, USA, at the age of 21. He has photographed eight football World Cups - and almost every sport ever invented.
As Eddie says, “the real challenge is getting that one split second that defines a particular sporting event.” So how does he do it?
© Eddie Keogh - Canon EOS-1D Mark IV; the exposure was 1/1250s at f/2.8, ISO 1600.
"This gymnast on the high bar was spinning so fast I just fired away hoping to get an interesting shape. At the end of the day I gave my card to an editor and he told me that he loved the shot of the guy with no head. I had no idea what he was talking about until I saw the picture. Lady luck strikes again."
© Eddie Keogh - Canon EOS-1D X with an EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM lens; the exposure was 1/1600s at f/4.5, ISO 400.
"This was the last race of the day at Cheltenham Festival. As the sun was setting, I walked out on the course to find a fence that was facing the sun and placed my camera on a spike in the base of the fence and triggered it with a radio slave."
Canon plays a part
“I’ve been using the new Canon EOS 1-D X Mark II and the tracking is superb. It’s quicker to focus and holds the focus better than any other Canon camera I’ve used. No matter how fast the action, I can trust its AF system to give me a better chance of getting that key moment.”