Rio 2016: Drenched – by Guy Rhodes

Aug 15, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; A general view of the rain during the women's field hockey quarterfinals between Netherlands and Argentina in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Olympic Hockey Centre. Mandatory Credit: Guy Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Aug 15, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; A general view of the rain during the women’s field hockey quarterfinals between Netherlands and Argentina in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Olympic Hockey Centre. Mandatory Credit: Guy Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Photographer Guy Rhodes is in Rio covering the Olympics and updates us in the last few days including some time in the rain.

It started off innocently enough. Just one little ole’ rain drop, then one of his friends. Ok, we can work with this. They seemed cool enough, just hanging out up there in the hazy light beams of the Olympic Hockey Centre. The problems started when those raindrops decided that women’s field hockey was pretty exciting, so they hit up social media and invited a few billion of their friends to drop in on the action. You know how that goes! Once word gets out about the party, all bets are off.

I’d be telling you a tall tale if I said there isn’t a little moment of panic that shoots through me when the skies open up on an outdoor shoot. Here in Rio, my daily reality is that I have upwards of $30,000 of sensitive electronics gear on me — gear that doesn’t particularly like getting wet — that I need to function reliably at all times to do my job. Protecting that gear from the elements is my first priority, which is why I carry two purpose-built rain covers from Think Tank (one for each of my camera bodies) at all times when I am shooting outdoors.

With the rain party under full swing, I retreated to the underside of a scaffold holding up a video board to slide the rain covers on, then headed back out to keep shooting. Not surprisingly, the Olympics athletes on the pitch didn’t miss a beat, and kept playing their match as if the sun was high in the sky.

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

Aug 15, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Argentina midfield Florencia Habif (16) shoots against Netherlands midfield Laurien Leurink (6) during the women's field hockey quarterfinals in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Olympic Hockey Centre. Mandatory Credit: Guy Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Aug 15, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Argentina midfield Florencia Habif (16) shoots against Netherlands midfield Laurien Leurink (6) during the women’s field hockey quarterfinals in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Olympic Hockey Centre. Mandatory Credit: Guy Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Aug 16, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Sebastian Brendel (GER) celebrates after winning the men's canoe single (C1) 1000m final in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Lagoa Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Guy Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Aug 16, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Sebastian Brendel (GER) celebrates after winning the men’s canoe single (C1) 1000m final in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Lagoa Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Guy Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Aug 14, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Usain Bolt (JAM) competes in the men's 100m track and field final at Estadio Olimpico Joao Havelange. Mandatory Credit: Guy Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Aug 14, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Usain Bolt (JAM) competes in the men’s 100m track and field final at Estadio Olimpico Joao Havelange. Mandatory Credit: Guy Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Aug 14, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; General view during men's 50m rifle three position qualification in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Olympic Shooting Centre. Mandatory Credit: Guy Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Aug 14, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; General view during men’s 50m rifle three position qualification in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Olympic Shooting Centre. Mandatory Credit: Guy Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

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