10 Spot / Olympics July 30

Nikon D800, 70-200mm, 1250iso, f4.5, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority

After shooting five days around London I would be given the option to head a few hours north to Manchester to shoot USA women’s soccer at historic Old Trafford, home to the world famous football club Manchester United. On top of getting to shoot at such a historic venue I would also get to visit the city of Manchester. My response to my boss was, “yes please!”

The extra beauty about taking the assignment was I had to go up a day early to shoot the USA women’s walk through of the stadium as well as the press conference. With that being the only thing on my schedule for 24 hours this would be about as relaxing of a day as one could have as an Olympic photographer.

Above, the USA women’s soccer team poses for a group shot as coaching staff takes the photos with all the players cameras and/or phones.

Below, USA women’s soccer coach Pia Sundhage speaks to the media before to a walk through of Old Trafford prior to tomorrows game against North Korea in the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Nikon D800, 70-200mm, 2000iso, f3.2, 1/1000th, Manual

While the entire USA team was important for me to cover, I would be paying extra attention to USA goalie Hope Solo. A day or two prior she had made some critical remarks about women’s soccer legend Brandi Chastain, who apparently had said some remarks on air about the team that Solo took offense to. In case you don’t remember, it was Brandi Chastain who kicked the winning goal in the women’s world cup final to win the game. If that doesn’t refresh your memory then perhaps you will remember her as the girl who ripped off her shirt and celebrated in front of the world in her sports bra! Yea, figured that would ring a bell for you.

Below, USA women’s soccer goalie Hope Solo poses for a photo during a walk through of Old Trafford.

Nikon D800, 70-200mm, 2000iso, f4.5, 1/2000th, Manual

Before anyone asks why I wasn’t getting cooler close up shots on the field, media was not allowed on the field with the players. Lame!

USA women’s soccer player Abby Wambach takes a photo of herself on the field during the walk through.

Nikon D800, 70-200mm, 2000iso, f4.5, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority

Not gonna lie, Old Trafford was a gorgeous stadium that looked awesome with sunlight hitting the field beneath a partly cloudy sky.

Nikon D4, 14-24mm, 640iso, f5, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority

Megan Rapinoe (left) and goalie Hope Solo jump in the air for a photo on the field of Old Trafford. As you can tell the girls were more than happy to be at the stadium. The game would mark the first time women have played in the stadium since 1989!

Nikon D800, 70-200mm, 1250iso, f4.5, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority

Seeing all the USA players hamming it up having fun made me wanna get a goofy pic. Here you go…

Following the walk through of the stadium it was time for Hope Solo to address the gathering of reporters. She would answer one question about the critical comments she made before a USA media rep told the journalists, “no more questions about that, football questions only!” ¬†You could almost hear the groans of disappointment from the media.

Nikon D800, 70-200mm, 2500iso, f2.8, 1/800th, Aperture Priority

Megan Rapinoe is all smiles as she watches the interviews from a few feet away. Rapinoe was recently in the news when she came out and announced she was a lesbian.

Nikon D800, 70-200mm, 1600iso, f4, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority

While waiting outside Old Trafford for a cab that would never come, I snapped this shot through the gates surrounding the stadium.

Nikon D800, 14-24mm, 1000iso, f4, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority

Speaking of cabs, check out this cool paint job!

Next blog features the actual game. Stay tuned!
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