Kristiina Mäkelä and other triple jumpers are photographed from below, because otherwise the cameras would obstruct the view in the TV pictures. The jump performed in the branch position also embodies the special features of the sport and distinguishes the triple jump photos from the long jump photos, says Markku Niskanen, HS photo manager.
Three-pointed star Kristiina Mäkelä spoke openly on Saturday about his attitude to the cameras placed on the track surface of the athletic fields.
He wondered on the photo service Instagram, why, for example, the women’s triple jump is filmed with remote-triggered cameras from below, precisely at the point where the jumpers are in the air with their feet spread.
“How would you feel if someone at work took pictures of your crotch and published them in a magazine?” Mäkelä asked.
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“How is it possible that the competition organizer allows the cameras to be set up to film the intermediate jump of the triple jump, where every athlete is forced to open their legs and the lens focuses only on one place?”
An international photo agency captured the photo at the World Championships in Eugene in July.
Helsingin Sanomat image manager Markku Niskanen says that the angle criticized by Mäkelä is common in the triple jump. Niskanen justifies the location of the cameras by recording the characteristics of the species.
“The middle leap is good because it gives a typical image of the sport, a long and handsome leap. If the cameras were where the jumper lands, the image would resemble a long jump.”
“From that point you get a picture that tells a lot about the sport. No other sport has legs that long.”
The cameras are on the surface of the track because of the TV production.
“For practical reasons, the cameras are at the bottom. If they were higher, they would block the images of the TV cameras,” explains Niskanen.
“Remote-triggered cameras are used in places where the cameraman cannot get to himself. If there were 20 photographers, they would cover everything.”
Competitive the international image market is tough. Photographers compete with each other for the best angles and try to differentiate themselves from each other with personal solutions.
For example, the blue sky behind the athlete looks clearly better than the cheering sea of spectators.
When the competition organizers allocate positions for remote-triggered cameras to photographers, the first priority is given to international photo agencies. After that, places are awarded according to which country’s representatives are participating in each sport.
The triple jump is not the only sport where the cameras point up from the surface of the track.
“In the same way, the 100-meter starts inevitably come from the downhill,” says Niskanen.
The three-pointers The downward slope described may happen abroad, but not in Finland. The matter will be confirmed by the Sports Federation’s communications manager Tapio Nevalainen.
“In Finland, shooting locations at jump spots are usually at the end of a sandbox. We don’t have that kind of thing [loikan alta kuvaamiseen] even a chance in the televised competitions”, says Nevalainen.
“I don’t remember us ever even being asked for cameras in a place like that.”
For example, in Kaleva’s races, GP races and Paavo Nurme’s races, the remote-triggered cameras are mostly used inside the bullpen cage, because for safety reasons no one but the thrower can enter the cage.
According to Nevalainen, the long jump has sometimes been filmed from a close distance in the games, but due to the position of the jumper, the end result is different from the triple jump performances described by Mäkelä.
Mäkelän The photo shared on Instagram is from Urheilulehti, which belongs to the same Sanoma group as Helsingin Sanomat, among others.
In his publication, Mäkelä criticized, in addition to photographers, sports media that publish triple jump photos taken from below.
The foreman of the sports magazine Petri Lahti communicated to HS his reasons for using the picture in question.
“We chose Urheilulehti as fine a sports image as possible, with strong movement and which, in our opinion, describes the airiness of the triple jump nicely. Mäkelä was in the picture because he is Finland’s medal hope at the soon-to-be-started European Athletics Championships in Munich. The article covered the topic,” he wrote.
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