Big Jump, Big Image

A big jump requires a big image. Golden Valley Senior Elijha Ellis was the only Triple Jump competitor to fly past 47 feet yesterday. His second jump of the event was 48′ 1.5″ and more than enough to claim victory at the CIF Southern Section Masters meet. But on his final jump, he felt like he had more. I told him a few weeks ago I’ve been trying to capture a composite of his TJ all year. So he caught my eye as I was in the midst of shooting images of the boys’ 3200M race. “I’m going to try to break a record on this one,” he said, pointing his finger to the ground.

Big Jump, Big Image
“I’m going to try to break a record on this one.”

Thankfully Elijha was the only competitor left and the girls’ jump pit had cleared. It was the first time all day there was an open view of either pit. The image above is his final attempt. The jump of 47′ 10.5″ was not his best of the day, but it was still a big jump. It was a foot and a half further than the second-place competitor’s best leap.

As I said, a big jump requires a big image. The original composite photo above is over 30,000 pixels wide. Even an 8K monitor can’t properly display it. The one you see here is 3840 pixels wide. If you’re viewing this on your phone, you may want to try again when you get to a larger screen. 🙂

Congrats, Elijha!


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EXIF Data Below Applies Only To The Featured Photo In This Post
  • Aperture: ƒ/4.5
  • Camera: ILCE-1
  • Taken: 21 May, 2022
  • Exposure bias: -1EV
  • Focal length: 70mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/1600s
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