Category: Olympics


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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I covered my first water polo match after the Women’s Road Cycling event. I have never shot water polo, but everyone I have talked to said it’s a great sport to shoot. So my assignment was to shoot USA vs Montenegro at the Water Polo Arena.

When I arrived at the arena I had the photo manager show me around, as to where I could and couldn’t shoot. After the quick tour It was ready for the game. One thing, I will say about water polo is it’s now my third favorite sport to shoot, behind football and motorsports of course. The splashing of the water and how the dunk each others head in the water to get the ball, makes for great pictures.

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Changing of the Guards is one of the biggest tourist attractions in London. During the few hour break I had between the Women’s Road Cycling start and finish I spent some time walking around looking for  something to eat. As I was passing Buckingham Palace I heard music and all kind of people were gathered in the front of the Palace to view the “Changing of the Guards” first hand.

So I squeezed my way all the way to the front carrying three cameras and my backpack. It was’t easy, and I definitely got cursed at in a few different languages. It was very cool to see for the first time, but that seems like a lot of work just to change shifts!

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After a week of shooting features of the city and press conferences the Olympic games have finally started. My first assignment would be Road Cycling men’s and women’s through the streets of London. This is was a two day event men’s was Saturday and women’s was Sunday.

When I have shot cycling in the past there is always some way to get ahead of the riders to get a few different angle, but not for this race. I spent a few hours the previous night to see if I could and by the estimated times of how long it took to get to the places I wanted to shoot from it wasn’t possible.

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After spending a few hours the previous day at Wimbledon I found my self covering First Lady, Michelle Obama at the event, “Let’s Move.” “Let’s Move” is a project that focuses on making children more active after school and on the weekend.

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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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