10 Spot / Olympics July 29

Nikon D800, 400mm, 400iso, f4, 1/4000th, Aperture Priority

After a very productive day shooting the mens cycling at Box Hill, I would find myself back out there the next day to shoot the women’s Road Cycling race. Going into it I knew it would be a disappointment compared to the previous day because the likelihood of coming up with as many cool looking shots without taking the easy way out and shooting in the same positions would be impossible.

When my driver dropped me off about a mile away from my shooting location, it was beautiful cool weather with amazing clouds and the sun shining down. Within an hour it would turn into a wet mess.

Nikon D4, 14-24mm, 25iso, f5, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority

Unfortunately when the rain came it was raining so hard that instead of taking pics of the sky to show you, I would instead be huddled down to the ground with a umbrella covering me and my gear.

The rain would end about 30 minutes before the race got to Butterfly Bend. With a lot of sun after the rain, the track would dry up considerably for when the woman raced by on their first of two laps through Box Hill. (The men did nine laps.)

Nikon D4, 14-24mm, 640iso, f5, 1/1600th, Manual

After the peloton of riders came through we would have some random stragglers who had fallen behind the pack such as Aurelie Halbwachs (MRI).

Nikon D4, 14-24mm, 25iso, f13, 1/40th, Aperture Priority

For the final lap through my area I got permission from one of the conservationists to stand in an off limits area on the side of the hill to shoot a head on shot with full crowd behind. I was told to stay on the trail and I would be fine.

Just before the peloton reached me I would start getting yelled at by multiple security guards who were a few hundred yards from me. Since they were literally yelling at me to get off the hill all the fans could hear. Of course the fans got into it too and started yelling and booing at me to get down. Thankfully the conservationist got on the radio and let security know I was ok to be there.

Here is what the angle looked like as Ellen van Dijk (NED) lead the race into Butterfly Bend on Box Hill.

Nikon D800, 400mm, 400iso, f4, 1/4000th, Aperture Priority

With only two turns to shoot the field (about half the size of the previous days mens race) it was hard to come up with much of a variety of images.

Nikon D800, 400mm, 400iso, f4, 1/5000th, Aperture Priority

With road cycling now done for me it was back to London for an evening of men’s beach volleyball.

Beach volleyball was a temporary stadium set up just for the Olympics. It offers one of the cooler looking backdrops for an overall shot with Horse Guards Parade as the backdrop.

Nikon D4, 24-70mm, 3200iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual

Phil Dalhausser (USA) serves the ball against Japan during the men’s beach volleyball ┬ápreliminary during the London 2012 Olympic Games at Horse Guards Parade.

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

Different serve from a different angle.

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

Phil Dalhausser (USA) makes a diving save as Todd Rogers looks on against Japan during the men’s beach volleyball preliminary.

Nikon D4, 70-200mm, 2000iso, f2.8, 1/1250th, Manual

Horray USA wins!

Nikon D4, 70-200mm, 2000iso, f2.8, 1/1250th, Manual

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One Response to “10 Spot / Olympics July 29”

  1. jack stuart says:

    Always enjoy your Photos. Interested in knowing how you learned the Photographic ability & the camera’s to use.

    Thank you for any information you can send me.

    jack stuart

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