10 Spot / Olympics Aug. 8

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

A few days ago I told management I would like to cover Team USA basketball one time. I was told “sure” but there was a catch. I would have to go cover all the games of the day, not just the USA game. Anyone who knows me knows Im not the biggest basketball fan so this would be interesting.

Above, Spain center Marc Gasol (13) slaps France forward Boris Diaw (left) in the face while chasing the ball with center Ronny Turiaf (14) during the men’s quarterfinal in the 2012 London Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena.

On the days schedule would be four games. The most basketball games I had previously covered in one day was two.

Upon arrival at the O2 Arena (North Greenwich Arena) I found out that someone had stolen all the basketball chairs that us photographers use to have a slight bit of comfort while sitting indian style on our asses all day. Awesome, my back was gonna hate me after this day!

Ok, enough whining, onto the games.

The best part about the four games of basketball was I had a dedicated ethernet cord to my spot so I could plug my Macbook Pro in and download images during the game and FTP the selects to an editor back at the Main Press Center (MPC) to edit and post. With a setup like this all I needed to do was shoot cool pics, the editors would do the rest.

Below, Russia forward Sergey Monya (12) and Lithuania forward Simas Jasaitis (10) battle for a loose ball during the men’s quarterfinal.

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

Spain guard Sergio Rodriguez (6) passes the ball over France guard Tony Parker (9) and center Ali Traore (8) during the men’s quarterfinal.

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

Spain guard Sergio Llull (12) screams after dunking the ball against France┬áduring the men’s quarterfinal in the 2012 London Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena.

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

Spain guard Juan Carlos Navarro (7) looks for a teammate to pass the ball to under pressure from France guard Nando de Colo.

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

From the “Im pretty sure this is a foul department”…

Brazil center Tiago Splitter (15) attempts a shot as he is hacked by Argentina defender Carlos Delfino.

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

Argentina player Carlos Delfino (10) shoots against Brazil.

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

Here are a few shots from the final game of the evening between USA and Australia…. the game I had waited all day for.

Literally 10 minutes before tip off the basketball chairs for the photographers would be found. Horray!

Let the blowout begin…

USA guard Kobe Bryant (10) attempts a shot over Australia forward Matt Nielsen (14) during the men’s quarterfinal in the 2012 London Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena.

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

USA forward LeBron James (6) shoots an off balance shot against Australia center Aron Baynes.

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

USA forward Carmelo Anthony (15) drives to the basket between Australia players.

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

While the game was not the blowout we all expected, Australia just could not hang with USA in the second half.

Kobe Bryant would put the game away midway through the fourth quarter with a barrage of three pointers.

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

The win sent USA to the semi finals against Argentina.

Another day done, only three more until I am on a jet back to Arizona!

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One Response to “10 Spot / Olympics Aug. 8”

  1. Mark says:

    Mark,

    Blog is great. Good shots. Question–noticed all of your basketball pics were shot with 70-200mm. Did you bring (and use) any other lenses with you that day?

    -Mark

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