Photographers at the London Olympics have employed a stunning new technique that does away with standard freeze-frame images. In its place is "multiple exposure technology," a method of layering a series of pictures to better capture the movement of the athletes.

Photographers also used the technique at the Olympic Gymnastics Team Trials in San Jose, Calif., earlier this summer.

The Associated Press explains:

Working with the latest cameras allows for very sophisticated multiple exposure technology. Photographers can now do something that in the days of film was very difficult if not impossible.

It's the digital equivalent of not advancing the film and allowing a sequence of several exposures to appear in the same frame.

The multiple images are captured at split-second intervals, buffered and then saved in one file. The camera is able to recalculate what needs to happen for the image to come out making visual sense.

See the Olympic photos, below:

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  • Lionel Guyon

  • Andrew Hoy

    In this five frame multiple exposure, Andrew Hoy, of Australia, rides Rutherglen as he competes in the equestrian eventing cross-country stage at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 30, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

  • This multiple exposure shows China's Sun Yujie, left, facing Ukraine's Yana Shemyakina during a women's individual epee fencing semifinals match against at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 30, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

  • in this multiple exposure photo, Russian gymnast Igor Pakhomenko performs on the pommel horse during the Artistic Gymnastic men's team final at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 30, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

  • In this multiple exposure photo, Annie Moniqui of Canada competes during the women's 58-kg, group B, weightlifting competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 30, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

  • This multiple exposure photo shows Switzerland's Tiffany Geroudet facing Poland's Magdalena Piekarska during a women's individual epee fencing round of 32 match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 30, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

  • In this multiple exposure photo, U.S. gymnast Samuel Mikulak performs on the floor during the Artistic Gymnastics men's qualification at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 28, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

  • In this multiple exposure photo, gymnast Jorge Hugo Giraldo Lopez from Colombia performs on the pommel horse during the Artistic Gymnastics men's qualification at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 28, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

  • In this multiple exposure photo, U.S. gymnast Danell Leyva performs on the floor at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 28, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

  • In this multiple exposure photo, Brazil's Daniele Matias Hypolito performs on the vault during training at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, July 26, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

  • Daniele Matias Hypolito

    In this multiple exposure photo, a Brazilian gymnast performs on the vault during training at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, July 26, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

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