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At the Beijing Summer Olympics in 2008 I shot gymnastics for two weeks straight. Here in London I would only shoot about an hour of gymnastics at the O2 Arena, oh wait, we are not allowed to call it that since they aren’t an Olympic sponsor. Here are some shots from the “North Greenwich Arena.”

Below, members of the media are illuminated by their computer screens as they wait for the competition to begin.

Nikon D4, 70-200mm, 5000iso, f2.8, 1/125th, Manual

USA gymnast McKayla Maroney was the heavy favorite to win the gold medal in the vault competition so that would be my main focus on the competition.

Prior to her first vault she applies chalk onto her hands.

Nikon D4, 400mm, 3200iso, f2.8, 1/2000th, Manual

She was about the fifth girl to go in the final. All the other girls flew much lower than she did so when she did her first vault she flew up and out of my frame. Nothing pisses me off more than the fact that I cut off the tip of her foot. Top level photographers shouldn’t make such a silly composition error. #photogfail

Nikon D4, 70-200mm, 3200iso, f4.5, 1/1000th, Manual

On her second vault she would fall on the landing which killed her chances at the gold that her and everyone in America thought was all but guaranteed.

Nikon D4, 70-200mm, 3200iso, f4.5, 1/1000th, Manual

You know who didn’t fall?

Sandra Raluca Izbasa, who would edge out McKayla to take the gold medal. She was quite the happy girl.

Nikon D800, 14-24mm, 3200iso, f3.2, 1/1000th, Manual

McKayla? Not so much.

The look on her face in the below photo during the medal ceremony with the silver around her neck said it all.

Nikon D4, 400mm, 3200iso, f2.8, 1/1600th, Manual

If looks could kill!

Nikon D4, 400mm, 3200iso, f2.8, 1/1600th, Manual

One happy person in the crowd was Kate Middleton. You might know her better as the girl who married Prince William.

Nikon D4, 400mm, 3200iso, f3.2, 1/1000th, Manual

After Gymnastics it was off to Earls Court to shoot USA women’s indoor volleyball against Turkey.

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Here is the view from down low as USA player Foluke Akinradewo spikes the ball against Turkey during the London 2012 Olympic Games at Earls Court.

Nikon D4, 70-200mm, 2000iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual

After a few minutes down low I got bored and wanted to find cleaner backgrounds.

After hiking up about eight stories in an old urine smelling stairway I found myself at the top of the arena. It made for a nice overall shot.

Nikon D4, 14-24mm, 2000iso, f3.2, 1/1000th, Manual

While up there I would spend some time shooting with my 400mm taking advantage of the nice backgrounds you can get when you are looking down on the subject.

Turkey player Neslihan Darnel serves the ball against the USA.

Nikon D4, 400mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual

A slight position adjustment had me even with the net just behind the press box filled with reporters watching the match on computer screens.

USA player Courtney Thompson (17) celebrates a point with her teammates against Turkey.

Nikon D4, 70-200mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual

I would finish the match down low. Not because it was a better spot but because it was closer to the exit!

USA player Logan Tom dives for a ball out of bounds against Turkey during the London 2012 Olympic Games at Earls Court. USA defeated Turkey in straight sets.

Nikon D4, 70-200mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual

After finishing up my edit I shot the below photo of everyone in the media room watching the mens 100 meter final where Usain Bolt would destroy the field for his second consecutive Olympic gold in the race. I shot it in Beijing and remember how early I had to get there for it so I was more than happy to watch it on TV this time around.

Next up will be my blog from the EPIC women’s soccer football match between USA and Canada!

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4 responses to “10 Spot / Olympics Aug. 5”

  1. art-is says:

    Wohoo!! You said football instead soccer, that’s a big jump šŸ™‚
    Congrats, keep going!

  2. Frank Kelly says:

    Sir you are blowing me away with your images and your commentary. U is bookmarked for life.
    Nice job………One thing I am glad to see (or hear) that you aren’t complaining much about being tired, or bored or whatever. I would think there are a few hundred thousand of us hobbyist who would kill to be in your shoes.

    Again nice work and keep at it.

    Frank

  3. Mark, I always enjoy following your shoots and this Olympic trip has been no exception. Keep the creative juices flowing and the blog posts coming!

    I’m sure I saw you in the background photographing McKayla Maroney, right after her fall on vault, as she walked over to her coach and teammates.

  4. Rick Samsal says:

    Good work keeping the Olympic logo and london 2012 in frames..and the photos were excellent also..

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