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Fast and furious sport shots from photographer seeking a 'tree change'

Susanna Freymark

SPORTS photographer Daniel Cohen likes speed. He’s jumped out of a plane, been in noisy motorsport pits and will do just about anything to capture the right shot.

His first sports photo was 30 years ago at the Australian motorbike GP at Eastern Creek Sydney, snapping Mick Doohan cresting a small straight between turns.

“I was fortunate to have a Pit Pass to the (then) 125ccs, and I borrowed my brother’s camera for the day and was panning the riders as they raced past. I couldn’t believe how well it turned out. I was hooked,” Cohen said.

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The 46 year old photographer has undertaken a ‘tree change’ relocating from Sydney with his wife Anita (nee De Re) and two young children, to live the farming life at Bentley where his wife grew up.

After a career in IT, Cohen decided to throw himself into his passion of photographing sport.

“Everything you can extract from someone playing sport – that moment when they’re a hero and the emotion, the physical exertion they put into it, I love to catch that sporting moment,” Cohen said.

“Whether it’s shooting professional or your local community sporting club, sport brings out those raw emotions. There’s so much passion in sport.”

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Cohen dreams one day of shooting elite-level sport. Professionally he has photographed the inaugural HockeyOne tournament for Hockey NSW, and is Football NSW accredited. He has shot Australian Football League for men and women, Women’s Big Bash League, junior cricket, and motorsport and has a wild fascination with ice hockey.

“Because it’s fast,” he said.

He shoots with Canon, and being a lover of technology loves the big, premium lenses.

“The bigger the lens, the faster the aperture, the better,” he said.

Daniel also enjoys taking landscapes around the Northern Rivers and dabbles in insect macro photography.

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