10 Spot / Olympics Jul. 25

D800, 24-70mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority

After months of traveling to the Olympics in the back of my mind, the day finally came to board the plane to London for my second summer Olympics.

(Disclaimer: My travel day to London was boring plus I was tired and severely jet lagged so don’t expect many cool pics today.)

Easily the hardest part of leaving for a trip like this is having to say goodbye to my wonderful girlfriend, Kendra. Prior to being dropped off at the airport we did a quick lunch at the Fridays across street from my place. It was easily the saddest a happy couple has ever been at Fridays.

With the most difficult part of covering the Olympics behind me it was time to get my ass to London.

Anyone who has flown Delta more than a few times should instantly recognize the below photo. Some people will tell me they think she is hot. Not me though, she truly scares me.

D800, 24-70mm, 3200iso, f2.8, 1/320th, Aperture Priority

On final approach to London Heathrow we would fly directly over the heart of London. To have this awesome view to see the Eye and the Thames River winding through the city it was the first time I would be excited about covering the Olympics.

D800, 24-70mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority

Near the Olympic Park, insanely large crowds mill around the area.

D800, 24-70mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/800th, Aperture Priority

After checking into the Main Press Center (MPC) management told me to take a cab out into the country to a place called Box Hill, to scout a couple shooting locations for the road cycling events I will be shooting Saturday and Sunday.

Here is the view from one of the tight turns at the bottom of a hill I plan to set up in to wait for crashes! Not exactly sure where they will let us stand for the event but assuming photo access isn’t bad it should be easy to get pretty pics on this course.

D800, 24-70mm, 640iso, f5.6, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority

Here is my view from the backseat of my four hour long cab ride. You do not wanna know how much that ride cost! No seriously, you don’t…

D800, 24-70mm, 640iso, f2.8, 1/250th, Aperture Priority

One thing that has all the locals of London annoyed with the Olympics are the official Olympic lanes. London already has some of the worst traffic in the world with all lanes open, you cut the amount of open lanes for public in half and its a recipe for some frustration. Even cabs aren’t allowed to drive in the Olympic lanes.

D800, 24-70mm, 1000iso, f4.5, 1/800th, Aperture Priority

Almost back to my hotel following the cab ride we drove past some big red carpet event. Not sure what it was for but I just love that crazy awning hanging over all the people with their camera.

D800, 24-70mm, 1250iso, f4.5, 1/500th, Aperture Priority

One of my first impressions of the city is it is a beautiful place with some wonderful old architecture. Another impression is I have no desire to drive over here. Roads are incredibly confusing!

D800, 24-70mm, 1250iso, f4.5, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority

The only thing I cared about on this day was getting to bed to sleep off this horrible jet lag and exhaustion. Check out my awesome bed!  P.S. my awesome bed is the tiny one in the corner. It doesn’t pay to be the second person to check in to the room!  Damn you J.D. Mercer!

After this boring blog they can only get better!

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2 Responses to “10 Spot / Olympics Jul. 25”

  1. dave p says:

    Looking forward to the watching the cycling road race tomorrow – really looking forward to seeing your pictures afterwards.

    Even though Box Hill is ridden up and down several times, it’s still a pretty flat course. Will be a sprinter’s finish, which means Cavendish with 4 Brits in the race.

  2. Gavin Baker says:

    I love this post. It’s nice to see you have mundane things to go through to get your great photos. Good luck at the games! I’m at the MotoGP race in CA this weekend photographing an event I’ve wanted to see for years. Live life to the fullest and make great pictures like you always do!

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