Sochi 2014: Perspectives – by Guy Rhodes

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Visitors to the Olympic Cauldron and rings at the Olympic Park in the coastal cluster of Sochi / Adler.

East Chicago-based photographer, lighting designer, and filmmaker Guy Rhodes shares some interesting perspectives from the Sochi Winter Olympics.

It’s great to be writing one of my last 2014 Winter Olympics blogs from the comfort of my own bed in the United States. So what if it’s 2:40 pm? Judge lest ye be judged! After going nonstop for three weeks, this time to recharge my batteries was much needed and earned.

I initially set out to do a blog per day while I was in Russia, but things during the last week started to get really tiring. Late night finishes followed by early morning wake-ups for the next event left me with a choice of getting four hours of sleep, or getting two and posting a blog. To keep my health and sanity in check, I chose the former.

While I had to forego a few interesting tales and images that I would have shared in those skipped blog entries, there is one story that I do want to share with you here after the fact. It’s one that gave me a new perspective on covering the athletes, as well as a renewed appreciation for the skill they possess as Olympic athletes.

Continue reading and see more photos on Guy’s blog.

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Anais Caradeux (FRA) in the ladies freestyle ski half pipe during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. (This image was created by rapidly rotating my camera in my hands, set to a slow shutter speed, at the same time the athlete rotated out of the halfpipe.)

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Despite their best efforts, many of the ladies did not get as much air on the halfpipe as their male counterparts I’d photographed previously.

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Visitors to the Olympic Cauldron at the Olympic Park in the coastal cluster of Sochi / Adler.

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Fireworks explode in the sky over a live site in the mountain cluster.

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