10 Spot / Olympics Jul. 26

My second day in London for the Olympics would be quite an interesting day. Didn’t really shoot much but I will still post about the day that proved maybe I am a luckier guy than I already know!

Above, armed police officers patrols the Westfield shopping center with automatic guns. Earlier in the day we had a company meeting in our office at the Main Press Center (MPC) where we went over our emergency plan. We also were told that photographing the police was allowed and we wouldn’t get in trouble for doing so. I still was a bit nervous when I pulled out my wide angle lens and shot the stone faced cop walking past me vigilantly looking for any trouble that may arise.

Below, this is a photo of the Javelin train that I would take the the MPC that morning. During the 7 minute ride from the hotel I sat with several co-workers. After getting off at the station and heading out I had one of the worst feelings in the world come over me upon my realization that I had left a camera sitting on the train. No big deal, just my brand new D4 and new 70-200mm lens.

Nikon D800, 24-70mm, 6400iso, f2.8, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority

I quickly found a train station employee and told her the situation. She took my info and said she’d call if anyone found it or turned it in. Also, she told me she was contacting the conductor and would have him check for it at the new stop. I figured I was as good as screwed.

I tried cheering myself up by realizing I have camera insurance now. (Thanks to this 14K lesson learner) Then a buddy made my day even worse by telling me the camera insurance most likely doesn’t cover me overseas unless I specified that in the plan. Wonderful!

Here is the line to get into the Olympic Park for work. The only thing that makes waiting in a line like this is when you feel sick to your stomach for losing a brand new camera.

Nikon D800, 24-70mm, 1000iso, f5, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority

After clearing security we would ride a bus within the Olympic Park to get to the MPC. A quick glance of my phone showed a missed call from a London number quickly followed by a voicemail. Of course my voicemail wasn’t set up yet so in world record time I set it up and got to listen to the message that turned my day around. The camera had been found by the conductor and he would return it in a few hours once train returned!

Instantly in a good mood my day could continue.

Next door to the Olympic park is a giant mall, the Westfield shopping centre. With a few hours to kill I headed there to buy some sunglasses. While there the alarms around the mall began to go off and the police would kick us all out as they seemed to have found a suspicious package. Of course I had to shoot some pics of it!

Nikon D4, 70-200mm, 1000iso, f5, 1/500th, Manual

Below, shoppers stand outside the doors as they wait the all clear from police.

Nikon D800, 24-70mm, 1600iso, f5.6, 1/640th, Aperture Priority

Everyone would be allowed inside after about 20 minutes.

Next stop on my day was the giant press conference room in the MPC to shoot a Michael Phelps press conference. When you shoot the Olympics its always nice to get the Olympic logo in the backgrounds. Phelps looks mad…. wait till your first event Michael, you will have a similar face when you get out of the pool….

Nikon D4, 70-200mm, 3200iso, f2.8, 1/800th, Manual

My last assignment of the day was to be driven to a spot in London to shoot photos of a sign painted on the side of a building by world famous artist Banksy. (Click here to see his amazing work)

The painting they wanted me to shoot was one of less amazing ones but it still was an interesting perspective on life in London… or anywhere for that matter.

The time of day I went was not very conducive to pretty pics so I would have to try hard to come up with something.

This first shot was more of my proverbial “safe shot” that I always want to knock out as soon as I start.

Nikon D800, 14-24mm, 250iso, f5, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority

After I had a safe shot in hand I always try to look for something that produces more of an interesting photo. Right near the sign was a construction wall put up for a new high rise condo that will soon be built. On the construction wall was an artist rending of the building. By lining my shot with the rendering as well as Banksy’s sign I was able to come up with the below shot which made for a more interesting shot. At first glance one might assume it was photoshop or something. Nope!

Nikon D800, 14-24mm, 250iso, f2.8, 1/500th, Aperture Priority

The below shot of the electric fence around the Olympic Park looks more like something you’d see in Jurassic Park. So far nobody has tried climbing it yet…

Nikon D800, 14-24mm, 250iso, f7.1, 1/1000th, Aperture Priority

We will wrap up this day with a view inside the pedestrian bridge to the parking garage, where the private drivers pick me up to take me to locations in which there aren’t easily accessible public transportation options. When the sun shines through the bridge it creates cool looking patterns on the ground. I would LOVE to shoot a portrait of an athlete here.

Nikon D4, 24-70mm, 25iso, f3.5, 1/400th, Aperture Priority

Next up is one of the biggest days of the Olympics, the Opening Ceremony!

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One Response to “10 Spot / Olympics Jul. 26”

  1. Rick Samsal says:

    Nice blogpost..keep them coming…

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