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Winter Sports 2018 Blog

Behind the Camera: “Be ready for the unexpected” by David Ramos

Pyeongchang, South Korea. Nikon D5 | AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR + AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E III | 1/5000s | F6.3 Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

Pyeongchang, South Korea - David Ramos, Spain-based photographer with Getty Images: “I have been assigned to cover the whole competition of Snowboard and Freestyle Skiing during the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games along with my work mates Clive Rose and Cameron Spencer.

Moguls Skier Mikael Kingsbury of Canada trains ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Bokwang Phoenix Snow Park on February 6, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. Nikon D5 | AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR | 1/1600s | F4.0 Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

We arrived in Bokwang Phoenix Park a week before the Opening Ceremony and were already working during that week on finding the best photo positions at the different courses at the Olympic Extreme Park. We also spent that time looking for new photo positions which would allow us to create different frames. That week gave me the chance also to see how the light works on every course.

Olivier Rochon from Canada warms up prior to the Freestyle Skiing Men's Aerials Qualification on day eight of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Phoenix Snow Park on February 17, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. Nikon D5 | AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR | 1/3s | F14 Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

It is a very important week. We have to test all the cables that our IT technician Marc Pont had been running for weeks before our arrival, sometimes under very hard weather conditions with temperatures reaching -27C. Marc's job allows us to send our pictures through to our team of editors to our clients in seconds. As you can see, this is a full team effort and I am very proud to be part of the Getty Images team.

Redmond Gerard of the United States practice ahead of the Snowboard Men's Slopestyle Final on day two of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Pheonix Snow Park on February 11, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. Nikon D5 | AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR @36mm | 1/2000s | F22 Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images
Gold medalist Shaun White of the United States throws his helmet as he celebrates after his first round during Snowboard Men's Halfpipe Final on day five of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics at Phoenix Snow Park on February 14, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. Nikon D5 | AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR @200mm | 1/2000s | F2.8 Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

Covering the Olympic Games means that you always have to be ready to capture key moments. They can happen on any unexpected moment or any unexpected corner. Here at the Phoenix Park, our moment was the Snowboard Men's Final. Shaun White won his third gold medal on a really tense final. I was able to catch Shaun in tears, showing his emotion after the winners ceremony at the venue. This is so far my best moment of this amazing Winter Olympic Games”.

Gold medalist Shaun White of the United States shows his emotion during the victory ceremony for the Snowboard Men's Halfpipe Final on day five of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics at Phoenix Snow Park on February 14, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. Nikon D5 | AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR @58mm | 1/2500s | F3.5 Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images