A young boxer is training in the Rafael Trejo Gimnasio, the oldest boxing school on the island. Cuba has dominated international amateur boxing for decades, taking home more gold medals than any other country.
Havana – Been There

Experiment with zooming to show action in your photos

Photo by Jochem Wijnands

Havana – Been There Experiment with zooming to show action in your photos

Cuba has dominated international amateur boxing for decades, taking home more gold medals than any other country. So capturing the action in a boxing gym is a real glimpse of local passions.

Jochem Wijnands
Jochem Wijnands Founder / photographer

Action is kind of rare in Cuba. It is only at night in the dance clubs that the Cubans really get into gear. So I was thrilled with the dynamics when I entered the Rafael Trejo Gimnasio in Havana, the oldest boxing school on the island.

To capture this young boxer in action, I underexposed one full stop and used a TTL flash which I slightly overexposed. TTL means that light is measured “Through The Lens”. The advantage of this set-up is that the flash will freeze the action against a relatively dark (-1.0 ev) background, drawing more attention to the subject. A wide angle lens is essential because the flash needs to be close to the subject and away from the background. It should not expose any of the background.

To further enhance the sense of action, I zoomed out while I was releasing the shutter. This only works in combination with a low shutter speed, low enough to create a motion blur but high enough to avoid camera shake. I synced my flash with the second or rear curtain, meaning the flash will fire just before the second curtain closes. This creates the effect of motion blur trailing the action.

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A young boxer is training in the Rafael Trejo Gimnasio, the oldest boxing school on the island. Cuba has dominated international amateur boxing for decades, taking home more gold medals than any other country. Photo by Jochem Wijnands

Jochem Wijnands

Jochem Wijnands

NIKON D2X

Aperture
ƒ/4/1
Exposure
5/300
ISO
800
Focal
12/1 mm

A young boxer is training in the Rafael Trejo Gimnasio, the oldest boxing school on the island. Cuba has dominated international amateur boxing for decades, taking home more gold medals than any other country.

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