10 Spot / Olympics July 31

Nikon D4, 600mm, 1250iso, f4, 1/1600th, Manual

The last time I shot women’s soccer was during the 2008 Beijing Olympics where the woman brought home the gold. For this match against North Korea it wasn’t an elimination game (for USA at least) but the women would let it all hang out anyways!

Soccer is a sport I have a hard time watching on TV but when it comes to shooting it, I love it. Its a sport where the score could end at zero to zero yet it will be an action packed game with people jumping into the air heading the ball, sliding to take out a defender and lots and lots of flopping. All those things make for great shots.

Below, wide view of Old Trafford during the game between USA vs North Korea. This would be the first time women have played a game here since 1989. Back in 89 there was well under 1000 spectators in attendance. For this game there would be over 29 thousand to watch the rainy affair.

Nikon D4, 14-24mm, 640iso, f5, 1/800th, Manual

The images you get in the rain can look cool with the water drops butĀ its always a pain in the ass to deal with since cameras aren’t waterproof. At Old Trafford though even though its an open roof stadium, it has a bit of an overhang that actually prevented me from getting wet, even as it poured. Had the wind changed I would have been drenched.

USA forward (14) Abby Wambach controls the ball in the first half against North Korea during the women’s preliminary round in the London 2012 Olympic Games at Old Trafford.

Nikon D4, 600mm, 1250iso, f4, 1/1600th, Manual

Even though I am no soccer fan I can honestly say one of the most impressive things an athlete can do in ANY sport is a bicycle kick. Whenever I see one on Sportscenters Top 10 plays I always am in awe. If I could pick one shot to get from a soccer game it would be that.

Apparently Abby Wambach read my mind as she would throw down a perfect bicycle kick into the goal in the first half against North Korea. Unfortunately for Team USA (and me!) the goal would not count as there was an offsides penalty. Dammit!!! At least it still made for a cool shot.

Nikon D4, 600mm, 1250iso, f4, 1/1600th, Manual

North Korea forward Song Hui Kim reacts after being injured during the game.

Nikon D4, 600mm, 1600iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual

In the middle of the game I would be talking with a fellow American photographer sitting next to me and he asked me if I had gotten shots of the american girl who’s shorts were pulled down by N. Korea exposing her bare bottom. I told him no since I had no recollection of seeing, let alone shooting the bare bottomed athlete.

While editing pics at halftime I would be pleasantly surprised to find that I had indeed gotten the shot without even noticing.

USA forward Lauren Cheney has her shorts pulled down by North Korea forward (10) Hyon Hui Yun in the first half during the women’s preliminary round in the London 2012 Olympic Games at Old Trafford.

Nikon D4, 600mm, 1250iso, f4, 1/1600th, Manual

Kinda reminds me of this shot I took at the 2008 Winter X Games that I selected as one of my top 50 photos from the last decade.

USA fans wave an American flag as the stadium does the wave.

Nikon D4, 600mm, 1600iso, f4.5, 1/800th, Manual

USA forward Carli Lloyd battles for the ball against North Korea forward Song Hui Kim (14) during the women’s preliminary round in the London 2012 Olympic Games at Old Trafford.

Nikon D4, 600mm, 1600iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual

Abby Wambach would get revenge on her non goal bicycle kick when she would score 25 minutes into the game.

Nikon D4, 600mm, 1600iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual

After the kick she would be mobbed by her teammates. It made for good shots but not as good as the shots I would miss of goalie Hope Solo doing the worm in the middle of the field. Oh well, can’t win them all!

Nikon D4, 600mm, 1600iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual

I really liked this shot of USA forward (10) Carli Lloyd leaping in the air to move the ball against North Korea forward (7) Gyong Ri Ye.

Nikon D4, 600mm, 1600iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual

We will wrap this blog up with this shot of a very determined Hope Solo looking into the crowd during the match. Perhaps she saw Brandie Chastain in the media box and wanted to mean mug her!

Nikon D4, 600mm, 1600iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual

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