I started off the day with shooting some London features. Management wants to put together a featured gallery of iconic images of London. I thought I had a pretty good collection going already SEE PHOTOS HERE But I hit the streets to see what else I could find that screams London.
I have been in London for twenty days now and my creativity has hit a wall, just when I think I have gotten a good night sleep I fall a sleep on the bus on the way to my next assignment. August 7th was a grind. I had another three shoots in three different venues. Luckily they were all inside of Olympic Park this time which helped.
I started out the day by shooting Brazil vs Norway women’s handball. My editor kept telling me how awesome of a sport it is to shoot. He assigned me to shoot a match just to make some artsy pictures. When I arrived at the venue I was fascinated with the sport. It was a combination between soccer, hockey and basketball. Two of the three sports I absolutely hate shooting but it made for some interesting pictures.
After a crazy previous day, I got the chance to sleep in before shooting the women’s football semifinal between Francs and Japan. The winner of this game goes on to the gold medal game at Wembley Stadium on Thursday. The game was a 5pm start and I got there around 3pm and was instantly over whelmed with how many media members where in attendance from Japan and France.
Every night around midnight I get an email from management listing everyone assignment for the following day. I was scheduled for the Women’s Marathon, China vs USA Women’s basketball and Water Polo. The day started out awful to say the least!
I found my self back at the Royal Artillery Barracks for my shoot. This time for women’s trap qualifying and rifle qualifying and finals. Once management told me Jamie Lynn Gray from the USA is the number one rifle shooter she and will most likely win gold I instantly got excited. Anytime you have the chance to shoot someone for your country winning a medal especially gold it makes you realize how fortunate you are.
I found my self back at Eaton Dorney, where I was suppose to be shooting USA winning the gold medal in rowing but Great Britain didn’t let that happen! USA finished in 6th place dead last! There wasn’t much to shoot expect a few features of the two USA women prior to the finals.
Judo is one thing I know nothing about. I have never seen it on tv or even seen pictures of it so I had no idea what to expect. I figured it would be a mix of wrestling, boxing and sumo wresting. Judo was located at the Excel Center, which is a giant convention center with multiply halls and multiply events there.
When I got to North Arena, I picked my spot as close to center as I could but with television cameras in the way it was difficult, after getting all settled in ready to shoot. I chatted with a few fellow American photographers that where there shooting the event as well. The early morning round where the semifinals which allowed me to get use to the sport and they different moves they were using.
I started by day at Royal Artillery Barracks shooting Women’s 25m Pistol. It was a very small venue with not much to work with. The shooters where very backlit which made it very difficult to shoot. I was focusing on a USA Shooter for a special request from a client, but I was still able to walk away with a few good imges.
I have been itching to shoot the canoe slalom since I arrived in London. The course looked like a great place to shoot with great access. When I arrived I wasn’t disappointed! They had semi finals and finals on the same day so that gave me plenty of time to scope out of the course to see what would be some good area to shoot from. For the semifinals I would shoot ever participant and once they were done with their run I would move to a different position on the course. I started at the finish line and worked my way all the way up the starting line.
Before you start reading, these posts are going to very quick as I am behind on blogs and I want to get all caught up by tomorrow. I will try to talk about the day a little bit, but mostly it will be pictures only.
I was assigned to cover Rowing at Eaton Dorey, England. I don’t know much about rowing but I will say it’s very difficult to shoot. You have a few options for shooting position. One would be sitting towards the finish line where you might get some reaction but that spot isn’t the best because you don’t ever see the rowers faces. The second option is shoot from the docks on the starting line, but once they get a few hundred feet out you can’t shoot them. The third option is ride in the back of a truck that is modified for photographers to sit in and drive along the side of the course. That sounds like the best option but it’s so bumpy it’s very hard to shoot.