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Aug

Been in London for over two weeks now and the schedule is definitely affecting my creativity and drive. Its at these times where I have to force myself to continue digging deep to produce cool photos when all I really wanna do is sleep! This day would be a good one since I would spend a few hours covering wrestling. If there ever was an easy Olympic sport to shoot, this is it.

My focus on the day (get it? focus!) would be USA wrestler Justin Lester. On top of looking like Martin Lawrence, he is a bad ass wrestler.

Below, Justin Lester (red) looks to the clock just off the mat as he battles with Tsutomu Fukimura of Japan in the greco roman 66kg 1/8th final during the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL – North Arena 2.

Nikon D4, 70-200mm, 2500iso, f4.5, 1/1000th, Manual

The Olympics brings out the best celebrations after victory, but it also provides the saddest reactions to losses, which always makes for cool shots.

Saeid Morad Abdvali (IRI) cries as reacts after losing the match against Steeve Guenot (not pictured) following a coaches challenge that reversed the points he had won in the greco roman 66kg 1/4th final. I could have done a 10 Spot blog on just his reaction following the fight. It made me feel really bad for the guy as he screamed, sobbed and fell to the ground. He would need his coach to help pick him up and get him out of the arena.

Nikon D4, 70-200mm, 2500iso, f2.8, 1/800th, Manual

On the other side of the token is some extreme happiness like in this shot where Tamas Lorincz (HUN) would celebrate by body slamming his coach to the mat after defeating Manuchar Tskhadaia (not pictured) in the greco roman 66kg semi finals.

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

After Lester lost in his quarter final match up he would get put into a mini tournament for the bronze medal.

All he had to do was defeat Frank Staebler of Germany and he would get to fight for the bronze medal.

It became clear quite quickly that he was in trouble.

USA wrestler Justin Lester (blue) against Frank Staebler (GER) in the greco roman 66kg repechage during the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL – North Arena 2. Lester would lose thus being eliminated from medal contention.

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

Following wrestling I was off to the Olympic Stadium for the first time since I shot Opening Ceremonies, to cover track and field.

Duane Solomon (USA), right, leads a pack of runners in the men’s 800m semifinals during the 2012 London Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium.

Nikon D800, 400mm, 1600iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual

USA female runner Allyson Felix shows off her game face as she prepares herself in the blocks for the 200m Semi Finals.

Nikon D800, 400mm, 2000iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual

In one of the other semi finals we had Sanya Richards-Ross of the United States who looked relaxed and calm in the minutes leading up to the start.

Nikon D800, 400mm, 2000iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual

But once the race started, the smile was gone but the speed was on.

Nikon D4, 70-200mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/800th, Manual

Wasn’t really too happy with my images down low so I would head up to the top of the Olympic Stadium near the finish line for a different vantage point.

Sally Pearson, of Australia (bottom right) would narrowly defeat Dawn Harper to win gold in the womens 100m hurdles.

Nikon D4, 70-200mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/800th, Manual

Even though it wasn’t a gold medal, you could see that Dawn Harper was still a happy girl as she walked around stadium posing for anyone with a camera.

Nikon D800, 400mm with 1.4 convertor (550mm), 3200iso, f4, 1/400th, Manual

The field race in front of a huge crowd in the men’s 1500m final during the 2012 London Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium.

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

Next up is a busy day of four basketball games, including Team USA.

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One response to “10 Spot / Olympics Aug. 7”

  1. Mark how do you cover the results of race like the 100m hurdles? With Sally Pearson winning the Gold for Australia (Go the Aussies), do you cover her celebration for the news side of the event or do you go for the dejection of Dawn Harper or both ?

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