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Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world, and widely considered to be the biggest and the most prestigious. It has been held at the All England Club in Wimbledon, London since 1877 as today my assignment was to go shoot features of the venue for a story that one of the writers was working on.

After it taking an hour to get there via the Tube, I was ready to get to work. There was just one small problem. It was 1pm and the light was awful. So I did what I could with the harsh light but I had to wait. I sat at a restaurant in the food court for a few hours waiting for the sun to set,  which makes for better images.

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After walking 14.5 miles the day before, I needed a day to relax. I didn’t have anything scheduled to shoot so I spent most of the day in the MPC just hanging out and working on some images from the previous days.

Right when I was about to leave to head back to the hotel a read a tweet saying there was smoke coming from Olympic Stadium. I hurried out there to see what was going on, but by the time I arrived it was extinguished.

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After staying up until almost 4a.m. last night, I had a 7a.m. wakeup call to head to Birmingham, London to shoot the Jamaican Team Training Camp Pre-Olympic Event. I was super excited for this event because Jamaican sprinter, and Olympic gold medalist, Usain Bolt would be there. Knowing I would have pretty decent access during the event made me anxious to get there, but I knew I would need a good breakfast to keep me going all day. So, I headed downstairs for my first English styled breakfast with my co-worker JD Mercer and ordered fried and scrambled eggs. While the fried egg was really good, I can’t say the same for the scrambled eggs that tasted as if they were soaked in a gallon of water. Needless to say, I did not finish those.

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I have finally arrived!!! Once I got off the plane I had to make a quick stop at customs to get all of my camera gear verified. I was worried it was going to be some long process but it took about 5 minutes and I was on my way to baggage claim.

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After spending a good two days packing it’s now time to head to the airport to start my journey covering the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England.

My parents and my girlfriend Stacy DeBruyne took me to the airport. Saying good by to friends and family is the hardest part, due to the fact I won’t be able to make regular phone calls home and that I will be 5 hours head of the Eastern Time zone.

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Perrysburg, Ohio is a quaint little suburb located outside of Toledo, Ohio. Growing up here my whole life, not much usually happens. You have the occasional fires, bank robberies every six months to a year but nothing major. Perrysburg is one of those towns that is quickly growing due to the great community and school system. So about two years ago they build a brand new apartment complex on Roachton Road which is located across the street from the Perrysburg Heights. The Heights is basically the “hood” of Perrysburg. That is where a lot of drug busts happen and all kind of crazy things. Over the past few years the city has tried it’s best to clean it up an they have done a pretty good job.

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After months of planning and waiting, I am about to leave the country for 23 days to cover the biggest sporting event in the world! The 2012 Summer Olympics in London!! To be honest I have been extremely nervous for months. I have left the country before, but only to Toronto, which doesn’t even feel like you’ve left the country.

This is the first time traveling overseas so I really don’t know what to expect. I filled out all of my customs paperwork to ensure I would be allowed into the country with all of my gear. From what other photographers who have already arrived in London have said getting through customs is pretty easy. I was extremely relieved to hear that.

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People think I have the greatest job in the world. Getting paid to travel all over the country to photograph sporting events. Little do people know that I usually spend so much time at the stadium I don’t have time to check out the city or the night life, so when I get a chance to go on an actual vacation its the best feeling ever!

I don’t spend a lot of time in Southern California, but my girlfriend Stacy DeBruyne had a conference in Santa Monica, so I decided to tag a long and check out Venice Beach and Santa Monica Pier along with what ever else I could find.

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In a week and a half I covered two sports I knew nothing about, swimming and table tennis. It felt great to get back to the race track and cover NHRA in Norwalk. Drag racing is starting to become one of my favorite sports to cover, behind football of course.
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Covering seven days of swimming sucked the creativity right out of me. My next stop on my 20-day road trip was to Grand Rapids, MI to shoot the 2012 U.S. Table Tennis Open. My tennis was to focus on the members of the United States Olympic Table Tennis team who would be competing in the event. It would be my last opportunity to shoot them before the London Olympic games. When I thought about table tennis, I immediately pictured the movie Balls of Fury where the players constantly practice in a super-secret club! When I arrived, I was instantly overwhelmed. There were 220 tables set up in a giant hall. Everyone was playing while I wandered around like a lost puppy, trying to find the people on my list to shoot. I was focusing on:

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