Rio 2016: Olympics High – by Guy Rhodes

Aug 6, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Colombia forward Isabel Cristina Romero Benitez (6) gets a hand to her face by USA forward Nana Faavesi (9) as Faavesi runs the ball during a rugby sevens match between the USA and Colombia at Deodoro Stadium in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Mandatory Credit: Guy Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Aug 6, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Colombia forward Isabel Cristina Romero Benitez (6) gets a hand to her face by USA forward Nana Faavesi (9) as Faavesi runs the ball during a rugby sevens match between the USA and Colombia at Deodoro Stadium in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Mandatory Credit: Guy Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Photographer Guy Rhodes is in Rio covering the Olympics and shares photos of women’s rugby and canoe/kayak slalom.

As the beacon tower from the sleepy Afonsos Air Force Base across the way cuts through the hushed night with its rhythmic green and white winks, an inviting cool breeze from the mountains beyond brings an even more relaxed sensation to my apartment balcony. In truth, relaxed is the last adjective I expected to use a week ago as I prepared to travel to Brazil. On the first bus ride here, especially after witnessing the motorcycle fatality on the road, I completely expected to be on-edge and looking forward to returning home daily.

Following my memorable experience in the favela during the opening ceremonies, and after getting settled into the photographic groove with three days of Olympics events, I can definitely say that I am enjoying my experience here in Rio. That’s not to say my guard has been let down, though. Camera gear always stays on my person, and if I have to set some of it down while I’m working, it goes between my feet where I can feel it. I’m always very aware of who’s around me, especially on the “dirty” (that’s Olympics lingo for not secured) shuttle busses that snake through the traffic-clogged streets of Deodoro, where I am covering most of my events.

I hit the ground running on Saturday, the first official day of competition, covering women’s rugby. The irony of only having covered a local rugby match once back home was not lost on me as I walked through the tunnel and onto the pitch of the rugby field at the Olympics! No pressure, right? In all honesty, covering events for the first time is actually quite exciting and freeing, because I’m not walking in with any preconceived notions about what the sport is supposed to be, or how it is supposed to be documented. I’m simply looking for the same aspects that make any sports photo stand out – a battle between opposing teams, a ball (if applicable), peak action, emotion, reaction, nice light, and if at all possible, clean backgrounds!

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Aug 6, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Great Britain back Joanne Watmore (10) is tackled by Brazil back Jaqueline Claudia Tells (12) during a match between Great Britain and Brazil at Deodoro Stadium at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Mandatory Credit: Guy Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Aug 6, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Great Britain back Joanne Watmore (10) is tackled by Brazil back Jaqueline Claudia Tells (12) during a match between Great Britain and Brazil at Deodoro Stadium at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Mandatory Credit: Guy Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Aug 8, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Lukas Werro and Simon Werro (SUI) during the men's canoe double (C2) heats in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Whitewater Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Guy Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Aug 8, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Lukas Werro and Simon Werro (SUI) during the men’s canoe double (C2) heats in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Whitewater Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Guy Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Aug 7, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Bryden Nicholas (COK) capsizes during the men's kayak (K1) heats in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Whitewater Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Guy Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Aug 7, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Bryden Nicholas (COK) capsizes during the men’s kayak (K1) heats in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Whitewater Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Guy Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

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