Photo Pick – Jakob Edholm shares his favourite shot

Feb 14, 2017

ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Engadin 2015 (Photo: Jakob Edholm)

Jakob Edholm is the official photographer for ÖTILLÖ events

“The painter was so into his art that he didn’t even notice the people running past him in neoprene!”

Name: Jakob Edholm
Role: Official ÖTILLÖ photographer
Instagram: fotojakobedholm
Twitter: @fotojakobedholm
Facebook: facebook.com/fotojakobedholm
Camera: Nikon D800
Objective: Nikon 24-70 mm

“Good photos are usually the result of proper preparation and planning. Yet the best shots are often a combination of chance circumstance and lucky coincidence, like this classic shot from Engadin 2015.” Jakob Edholm

Before each ÖTILLÖ race, I do a thorough scouting of the course with the media team. I immediately fell in love with this view: the mountains and lake in the background, the racecourse and flowers in the foreground. Perfect. Maybe too perfect?

One tricky thing about shooting in Engadin is that the entire course is lined with beautiful mountains, lakes and alp flowers. It’s always a challenge to create a variation of images when most views are equally stunning.

However, I didn’t want to skip this location, especially on such a sunny day. This was the halfway point, and we were all rushing from the southwest part of the racecourse to get to the northeast parts in time, before heading back to the finish. So we only had time for one team, one shot. We parked the cars a few hundred meters from the location and as I was running towards my scouted spot, I saw these artists sitting in the fields painting. What a pleasant surprise! There was one elderly bearded man that especially caught my attention. He was so into capturing nature I’m sure he didn’t even notice the people running past him in neoprene!

In the same second, a swimrun team came running towards me side by side, completely focused on keeping their third place position. I quickly sneaked up behind the painter, trying not to disturb his work, and as soon as the team ran into the scene I knew I had captured the picture on the day.

I really love how the painter adds a dimension to the image – a beautiful scene appreciated by artists, swimrunners and photographers alike. And a lesson in how being prepared for the unprepared can give you even better results than what you planned for.

Jakob Edholm (Photo: Alexander Rydén)

Alexander Rydén

Article first published in Swimrun Life Magazine Issue # 1 (Feb/Mar 2017)

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