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Blurs and Tilt-Shifts

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.

(See Below) Brazil player Silvia Pinheiro (15) takes a shot on goal in the first half against Norway in the women’s quarterfinal in the London 2012 Olympic Games at Copper Box.

Brazil player Fernanda Silva (8) takes a shot on goal over Noraway player Marit Malm Frafjord (13) in the first half of the women’s quarterfinal in the London 2012 Olympic Games at Copper Box.

Brazil player Fernanda Silva (8) grabs the jersey of Norway player Karoline Dyhra Breivang (8) in the second half in the women’s quarterfinal in the London 2012 Olympic Games at Copper Box.

Brazil player Ana Paula Rodrigues (9) sits on the bench after losing to Norway 21-19 in the women’s quarterfinal in the London 2012 Olympic Games at Copper Box.

Next up would be women’s semifinal water polo game between Australia vs USA.

With a handful of water polo games in my pocket, I am extremely bored of the sport. Yes it makes for nice pictures, but it’s to repetitive. You can only shoot from so many different angles an so many pictures of people getting dunked under water.

Thanks to Robert Caplin for letting me test out the Lens Baby while I am here in London (will be reviewing the lens when I return back to the states). So I spent a good majority of the first quarter seeing what I could get with the lens and I was presently surprised I came away withs something good!

After making a picture I was happy with, it was time to focus on the action.

Australia center forward Bronwen Knox (6) and USA center back Melissa Seidemann (3) battle for the ball in the third quarter in the women’s semifinal in the London 2012 Olympic Games at Water Polo Arena.

Australia center forward Gemma Beadsworth (2) defends USA defender Lauren Wenger (5) in the third quarter in the women’s semifinal in the London 2012 Olympic Games at Water Polo Arena.

USA fans cheer against Australia in the women’s semifinal in the London 2012 Olympic Games at Water Polo Arena.

Australia players celebrate on the bench after scoring a goal to send the game into over time against USA in the women’s semifinal in the London 2012 Olympic Games at Water Polo Arena.

USA center forward Kami Grain (12) scores the game winning goal in overtime to defeat Australia 11-9 in the women’s semifinal in the London 2012 Olympic Games at Water Polo Arena.

USA center forward Kami Grain (12) reacts after scoring the game winning goal in overtime to defeat Australia 11-9 in the women’s semifinal in the London 2012 Olympic Games at Water Polo Arena.

Next up was Track and Field at Olympic Stadium. I am not exactly sure why I was assigned to it, as I could only tell you one track event and that is the men’s 100m dash. Once inside of the stadium I found a nice clean elevated spot. I was also in charge of shooting medal ceremonies with all the medal winners.

Then about 10 min later I turned around and she was right behind me waiting to go sit with her husband. I told her congrats and she was on her way!

Back to the action!

I was super bored so I decided to give the old pan blur a shot. The below photo was shot at 1/20 sec at F4 with a 400mm lens handheld.

That wraps up a busy day! BMX is up next!

 

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