The beauty of the Olympics, in photos

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The Olympics, summer or winter, are among the most fantastic events for photos. The settings are beautiful, culturally rich cities in foreign lands, and the competitors are dressed in their national colors. The events themselves are full of motion and emotion, an unbeatable combination.

I remember being awestruck as the first digital color pictures were transmitted from Albertville, France, in 1992. I was Associated Press bureau chief in Seattle, and I went back into the photo department to check the images as they streamed into our LeafDesk photo computer. The images were stunning in their color and clarity.

Digital imaging has revolutionized photography. Just as the availability of mass-made Kodaks turned millions of people into shutterbugs at the beginning of the 20th century, the mass availability of digital cameras has transformed our world in the early 21st century.

Today’s earthquake in Chile is a prime example, as thousands of images are pouring onto the Internet showing the destruction from that mighty quake.

I’ve posted above a Getty Images shot of the USA bobsled team racing down the course in Vancouver the other day. It’s just one of many sensational images emanating from the winter games, ample proof of the magnificent gift to the world that is digital photography.

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