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Nikon D4, 400mm, 25iso, f5.6, 1/13th, Aperture Priority

On this day I would make my first trek to the Velodrome for some track cycling. I was honestly really looking forward to shooting there. That was, of course, until I arrived and walked around the venue.

My first observation upon arrival was how ridiculously hot it was in the building. It was for sure in the mid 80’s which is always fun when you cover an international event since many countries photographers apparently do not believe in wearing deodorant. It blows my mind that people can go out in public smelling like a sewer but thats a whole different blog so lets get back on topic.

The photo positions for the cycling were the standard spots you would expect. Head on shots down the straight and a photo area between turns 1-2 and turns 3-4. What I wasn’t planning on was the metal railing on top of the already tall outside walls. To really shoot the riders going through your turn you literally had to stand up, much to the dismay of the photographers in the second row behind me!

Nikon D4, 14-24mm, 100iso, f4, 1/30th, Manual

A British rider celebrates after her team narrowly edged out the USA for the top qualifying time of the session.

Nikon D4, 400mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual

These are the cameras officials use to call the photo finishes. With this sport there are lots of photo finishes.

Nikon D4, 400mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual

This was a photo I found two days later that I really loved. As the official prepares to fire the gun signifying the start of the race, you see an old man with glasses on a goofy looking motor bike (he is essentially the pace car driver) alongside two racers on their highly technical race bikes.

Nikon D4, 400mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual

Here is a wide view from the photo area heading into turn one. Note that nobody is using lens hoods. They’re not allowed. (Such much for my idea of “accidentally” dropping it to cause the Big One!)

Nikon D4, 14-24mm, 4000iso, f6.3, 1/800th, Manual

Following the velodrome it was off to the water polo arena to shoot team USA vs China in a preliminary qualifying matchup.

For this match I would shoot it from an elevated position on one end of the pool. By being elevated it really helped produce nice clean backgrounds of blue.

Nikon D4, 400mm, 4000iso, f6.3, 1/1250th, Manual

Team USA players all have their eye on the ball as they help goalie Betsey Armstrong protect the goal.

Nikon D4, 400mm, 4000iso, f5.6, 1/1250th, Manual

Here is a wide angle view of the Water Polo Arena during the USA match against China.

Nikon D4, 14-24mm, 2000iso, f4.5, 1/800th, Manual

USA centre back Maggie Steffens is pressured by a China defender in the second half.

Nikon D800, 400mm, 4000iso, f5.6, 1/1250th, Manual

USA goalie Betsey Armstrong deflects a shot on goal by China late in the match. USA would hold on to win the match.

Nikon D800, 400mm, 4000iso, f5.6, 1/1250th, Manual

Another day down only about eight more to go!

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One response to “10 Spot / Olympics Aug. 3”

  1. Jeremy Schlesinger says:

    I noticed you said nobody was using lens hoods. Why weren’t they allowed?

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