Reuters’ Photographer Captures Iconic Olympic Image After Three Days’ Wait

Luke MacGregor, a photographer for Reuters, the international news service, didn’t capture an athlete in flight or a dramatic race finish. But after three days of trying, MacGregor captured among the most stunning images of the London Olympics.

Posting the details of his three-night mission near the Tower Bridge in London on his blog, the photographer perfectly captured the moon as the sixth Olympic ring.

Tower Bridge. Image © Luke MacGregor/Reuters

Using a smartphone application to properly gauge the rising of the moon, MacGregor details his quest to get the shot in a three-day diary, accompanied by three images.

In one first-day passage of his blog post, the photographer writes:

“Having planned to be in the ‘perfect’ spot on London Bridge with a good view of the Olympic Rings further up river and using the app information, I waited for the moon to rise.

“However the horizon itself was a little cloudy. When the moon eventually showed itself about 10 minutes after the app’s moonrise time it was off to the right hand side of the bridge. I hadn’t taken into account that the moon wouldn’t rise in a vertical line but would travel across the sky.”

Two days later, after calculating the changing exposure, the brightness of the moon and dealing with curious tourists in the line of his pending image, MacGregor got what he wanted. It’s an iconic image, a remembrance of the London Olympics far away from competition but as poignant as an event.

To read MacGregor’s blog in full and to view the three images, visit: Shooting The Moon
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  1. This is a “fake” photo. I responded to this on PetaPixel and my original response was deleted. It was amazing my post was removed because I said it was photo shopped! Where is the truth in photography? Look at his pictures in his blog (, photos 1 and 2. In picture 1 there are buildings behind the bridge, in picture 2 there are no buildings behind the bridge, AND the crane, which appears on the left of the bridge tower in image 1 is now on the right in image 2, meaning he was in a different location for image 2 than image 1. I believe this photographer shot himself in the foot while “attempting to shoot the moon”. Tell me I am wrong here? Please?

  2. Jeff, have you ever heard of a zoom lens? I am pretty sure we can trust Reuters here. Get a grip.

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