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Canon 1Dx, 300mm with 1.4 convertor (420mm), 1600iso, f5.6, 1/640th, Aperture Priority A ridiculous mass of photographers take a group photo of team Brazil prior to the game against Croatia in the opening game of the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm with 1.4 convertor (420mm), 1600iso, f5.6, 1/640th, Aperture Priority
A ridiculous mass of photographers take a group photo of team Brazil prior to the game against Croatia in the opening game of the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

One of the roughest, yet most rewarding assignments of my career was spending three weeks down in Brazil covering the 2014 World Cup. Here are my favorite images from the experience!

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2000iso, f4, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority Overall view of writers and members of the media in the press tribune during the match between Brazil against Croatia in the opening game of the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2000iso, f4, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority
Overall view of writers and members of the media in the press tribune during the match between Brazil against Croatia in the opening game of the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm with 1.4 convertor (420mm), 4000iso, f5, 1/1000th, Manual Brazil forward Neymar (10) celebrates after scoring a goal against Croatia in the first half of the opening game of the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm with 1.4 convertor (420mm), 4000iso, f5, 1/1000th, Manual
Brazil forward Neymar (10) celebrates after scoring a goal against Croatia in the first half of the opening game of the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

Canon 1Dx, 16-35mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/2000th, Manual Overall view as the sun sets behind Arena Corinthians during the game between Brazil against Croatia in the opening game of the 2014 World Cup.

Canon 1Dx, 16-35mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/2000th, Manual
Overall view as the sun sets behind Arena Corinthians during the game between Brazil against Croatia in the opening game of the 2014 World Cup.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual Brazil forward Neymar (top) is upended by Croatia defender Vedran Corluka during the second half of the opening game of the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians. Brazil defeated Croatia 3-1.

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Brazil forward Neymar (top) is upended by Croatia defender Vedran Corluka during the second half of the opening game of the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians. Brazil defeated Croatia 3-1.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 3200iso, f4.5, 1/1000th, Manual Ghana forward Jordan Ayew (13) controls the ball against USA defender Matt Besler (5) in the first half during the 2014 World Cup at Estadio das Dunas.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 3200iso, f4.5, 1/1000th, Manual
Ghana forward Jordan Ayew (13) controls the ball against USA defender Matt Besler (5) in the first half during the 2014 World Cup at Estadio das Dunas.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual USA forward Clint Dempsey (left) has his nose broken as he is  kicked in the face by Ghana defender John Boye in the first half during the 2014 World Cup at Estadio das Dunas.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual
USA forward Clint Dempsey (left) has his nose broken as he is kicked in the face by Ghana defender John Boye in the first half during the 2014 World Cup at Estadio das Dunas.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual USA midfielder Jermaine Jones (13) collides with Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari in the first half during the 2014 World Cup at Estadio das Dunas.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual
USA midfielder Jermaine Jones (13) collides with Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari in the first half during the 2014 World Cup at Estadio das Dunas.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 4000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual USA goalkeeper Tim Howard jumps in the air against Ghana during the 2014 World Cup at Estadio das Dunas.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 4000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual
USA goalkeeper Tim Howard jumps in the air against Ghana during the 2014 World Cup at Estadio das Dunas.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 3200iso, f4.5, 1/1000th, Manual USA defender John Brooks is mobbed by teammates after scoring a goal in the second half against Ghana during the 2014 World Cup at Estadio das Dunas.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 3200iso, f4.5, 1/1000th, Manual
USA defender John Brooks is mobbed by teammates after scoring a goal in the second half against Ghana during the 2014 World Cup at Estadio das Dunas.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 4000iso, f4.5, 1/1000th, Manual USA forward Clint Dempsey flies through the air after being upended in the second half against Ghana during the 2014 World Cup at Estadio das Dunas.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 4000iso, f4.5, 1/1000th, Manual
USA forward Clint Dempsey flies through the air after being upended in the second half against Ghana during the 2014 World Cup at Estadio das Dunas.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm w/1.4 converter (280mm), 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual Uruguay defender Diego Godin (3) leaps for the ball in the first half against England during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm w/1.4 converter (280mm), 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
Uruguay defender Diego Godin (3) leaps for the ball in the first half against England during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm w/1.4 converter (280mm), 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual Uruguay midfielder Cristian Rodriguez (7) controls the ball against England in the first half during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm w/1.4 converter (280mm), 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
Uruguay midfielder Cristian Rodriguez (7) controls the ball against England in the first half during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual Uruguay forward Luis Suarez (9) celebrates after scoring a goal in the first half against England during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
Uruguay forward Luis Suarez (9) celebrates after scoring a goal in the first half against England during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm w/1.4 converter (280mm), 3200iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual Uruguay midfielder Alvaro Pereira leaps to control the ball in the first half against England during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm w/1.4 converter (280mm), 3200iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
Uruguay midfielder Alvaro Pereira leaps to control the ball in the first half against England during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 4000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual England forward Wayne Rooney (10) reacts in the second half against Uruguay during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 4000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual
England forward Wayne Rooney (10) reacts in the second half against Uruguay during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 4000iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual Uruguay forward Luis Suarez (right) is congratulated by teammates after scoring his second goal of the game against England during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 4000iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual
Uruguay forward Luis Suarez (right) is congratulated by teammates after scoring his second goal of the game against England during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 4000iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual England defender Gary Cahill (5) heads the ball above Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani in the second half during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 4000iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
England defender Gary Cahill (5) heads the ball above Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani in the second half during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 2500iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual Being in a rainforest means lots of rain but we ended up lucking out and having a beautiful, but hot, evening for what would be the most watched soccer game in US history.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 2500iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual
Being in a rainforest means lots of rain but we ended up lucking out and having a beautiful, but hot, evening for what would be the most watched soccer game in US history.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo (7) leaps over USA midfielder Alejandro Bedoya as he pursues the ball in the first half during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual
Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo (7) leaps over USA midfielder Alejandro Bedoya as he pursues the ball in the first half during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 4000iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual USA midfielder Jermaine Jones (13) celebrates with teammates after scoring a second half goal against Portugal during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 4000iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
USA midfielder Jermaine Jones (13) celebrates with teammates after scoring a second half goal against Portugal during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann reacts following the game against Portugal during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia. The game ended in a 2-2 draw.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual
USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann reacts following the game against Portugal during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia. The game ended in a 2-2 draw.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 6400iso, f4, 1/500th, Aperture Priority USA fans sleep on the floor in the terminal of the Manaus Airport in the early morning hours following the game against Portugal.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 6400iso, f4, 1/500th, Aperture Priority
USA fans sleep on the floor in the terminal of the Manaus Airport in the early morning hours following the game against Portugal.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 2500iso, f4.5, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority Three men push a car through the flooded streets of Recife during heavy rains prior to the match between USA against Germany during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 2500iso, f4.5, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority
Three men push a car through the flooded streets of Recife during heavy rains prior to the match between USA against Germany during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 1600iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual Germany forward Lukas Podolski against USA during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 1600iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual
Germany forward Lukas Podolski against USA during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1250iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger (7) pushes the face of USA midfielder Kyle Beckerman during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1250iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger (7) pushes the face of USA midfielder Kyle Beckerman during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2000iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual Germany forward Thomas Muller (center) pumps his fist as celebrate his second half goal with teammates against USA during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2000iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual
Germany forward Thomas Muller (center) pumps his fist as celebrate his second half goal with teammates against USA during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 320iso, f5.6, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority Overall view of Estadio Roberto Santos from the media bus the day prior to the 2014 World Cup match between USA against Belgium.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 320iso, f5.6, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority
Overall view of Estadio Roberto Santos from the media bus the day prior to the 2014 World Cup match between USA against Belgium.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 800iso, f4, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority Belgium fans bathed in sunlight in the grandstands cheer prior to the match against USA during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 800iso, f4, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority
Belgium fans bathed in sunlight in the grandstands cheer prior to the match against USA during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 5000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen (right) kicks the ball near the face of United States defender DeAndre Yedlin (2) during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 5000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual
Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen (right) kicks the ball near the face of United States defender DeAndre Yedlin (2) during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 5000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual Belgium midfielder Axel Witsel (6) is upended by United States forward Chris Wondolowski (18) in the first half during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

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Belgium midfielder Axel Witsel (6) is upended by United States forward Chris Wondolowski (18) in the first half during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 5000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual United States goalkeeper Tim Howard (1) and defender Matt Besler (5) react after a second Belgium goal in overtime during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 5000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual
United States goalkeeper Tim Howard (1) and defender Matt Besler (5) react after a second Belgium goal in overtime during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 5000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual United States midfielder Julian Green (left) celebrates with forward Chris Wondolowski after scoring a goal in overtime against Belgium during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 5000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual
United States midfielder Julian Green (left) celebrates with forward Chris Wondolowski after scoring a goal in overtime against Belgium during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 5000iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual United States forward Clint Dempsey (8) reacts as he walks off the pitch following the loss to Belgium during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova. Belgium defeated USA 2-1 in overtime.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 5000iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual
United States forward Clint Dempsey (8) reacts as he walks off the pitch following the loss to Belgium during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova. Belgium defeated USA 2-1 in overtime.

Up next in my Best of 2014 blogs will be my best basketball images of 2014!


 
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