Sports photographer Andrew Weber is catching up with his blog updates from the London Olympics and shares photos of several different events.
Before you start reading, these posts are going to very quick as I am behind on blogs and I want to get all caught up by tomorrow. I will try to talk about the day a little bit, but mostly it will be pictures only.
I was assigned to cover Rowing at Eaton Dorey, England. I donâ€™t know much about rowing but I will say itâ€™s very difficult to shoot. You have a few options for shooting position. One would be sitting towards the finish line where you might get some reaction but that spot isnâ€™t the best because you donâ€™t ever see the rowers faces. The second option is shoot from the docks on the starting line, but once they get a few hundred feet out you canâ€™t shoot them. The third option is ride in the back of a truck that is modified for photographers to sit in and drive along the side of the course. That sounds like the best option but itâ€™s so bumpy itâ€™s very hard to shoot.
I have been itching to shoot the canoe slalom since I arrived in London. The course looked like a great place to shoot with great access. When I arrived I wasnâ€™t disappointed! They had semi finals and finals on the same day so that gave me plenty of time to scope out of the course to see what would be some good area to shoot from. For the semifinals I would shoot ever participant and once they were done with their run I would move to a different position on the course. I started at the finish line and worked my way all the way up the starting line.
Judo is one thing I know nothing about. I have never seen it on tv or even seen pictures of it so I had no idea what to expect. I figured it would be a mix of wrestling, boxing and sumo wresting. Judo was located at the Excel Center, which is a giant convention center with multiply halls and multiply events there.
The beach volleyball venue is located in the middle of Horse Guard Parade which is a spectacular venue to shoot at. Every photograph has shot overall of this area and I have seen all kind of different views and angles. I bused out a 24mm tiltshift to see what I could come away with.
I found my self back at theÂ Royal Artillery Barracks for my shoot. This time for womenâ€™s trap qualifying and rifle qualifying and finals. Once management told meÂ Jamie Lynn Gray from the USA is the number one rifle shooter she and will most likely win gold I instantly got excited. Anytime you have the chance to shoot someone for your country winning a medal especially gold it makes you realize how fortunate you are.
Every night around midnight I get an email from management listing everyone assignment for the following day. I was scheduled for the Womenâ€™s Marathon, China vs USA Womenâ€™s basketball and Water Polo. The day started out awful to say the least!
Read more and see many more photos of the Olympics on Andrew’s blog.