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Slowly slowly the Olympic Games are getting closer. It’s the first time I had the chance to follow, observe and work with some of the top athletes during their preparation. It’s almost impossible to imagine what it really takes in terms of preparation. Probably a good comparison is to imagine to climb a mountain which takes 4 or more years to get to the summit. Not considering what it takes to get a medal.
A huge respect for all who made it and good luck for the games.
On photography side we also need a bit of preparation, ok I admit I got my accreditation already one year ago, not as challenging as athletes, however Olympic games are part of many dreams and there are many photographers who can’t be there.
My accreditation is a valid only for sailing and with the sailing venue so far away from the rest of the games we will see only see. The great thing is that we will be very close, actually closer than coaches or anybody else. During the races the TV and photographers are the only ones who can follow the sailors on the race course.
Shooting in in Weymouth specially on the outside race courses will be a wet job. The waves are big, mostly it rains and the gear is suffering quite hard. This conditions will be even more challenging for the “dry photographers ” non yachting photographers. This is something who happens on big events photographers who normally shoot soccer or other events will be around too.
To have the chance to work alongside with specialist from different areas is very interesting and helps to open the mind and get new ideas. Very impressive to see the speed the “typical” agency photographers have once back in the media center.
Cameras this year I will be working with a Nikon D800 and probably a D4, on the lens side I’m looking forward to work with the 200-400m zoom lens from Nikon. The D800 is a great camera and the over 30 megapixel are giving us a greater flexibility in the post production. The challenge will be the size of files, a 16GB card is full with 200 images.
This games will be much different than 4 years ago in China/Qingdao not only because of the weather, but also about the town. Qingdao was a 6 million city for China quite small but the infrastructure hotels etc. where simply available. The Marina had to be build not so in Weymouth Portland. The marina was there, the village and logistical places have to be build.
The hotels however are a bit of a tragedy and the prices for available beds whet up to the sky. 120 GBP for a bed and breakfast isn’t that a bit too much. I hope that the 50’000 habitats from the region will not be disappointed at the end.
Below you find a few links for images and video related to the upcoming Olympic games. I will also try to write a daily update on Facebook.
The 2012 is full on, and so the production of spectacular images. This days we released 2 sailing videos, following the successful start of last years videos production.
I never thought that filming can be so interesting and specially such a excellent way to share the passion for sailing and outdoor sports. This year beside sailing we are planning the production of a spectacular short mountaineering video which will be produced in the Alps in high altitude and thin air.
The elements is water as on the sea and the lakes, just in a different state; ice and snow. Probably the most precious resource on earth helping us survive and enjoy our outdoor sports sea & mountain.
This year most of the activities are focused on the 2012 Olympic Games. The Pure Passion Tour is planned for the fall after the Olympic Games, the plan is to bring home images and the emotions and share them with you.
Please enjoy the 2 videos released in January.
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The days here in Palma where special, Coppa el Rey is a amazing event with a high level competitors. Every time I’m sailing in this event I’m learning a lot this year was about Farr 40 sailing specially the mainsail trim on this boat.
On our race course we also had the two VOR 70 TELEFONICA racing and getting ready for the Volovo Ocean Race, amazin the speed of the canting keel yachts.
Another phenomena here in Palma is how late it get every evening, it almost seems a mission impossible to go for dinner before 9 and forget being out of the restaurant before 12. So it’s hard to be back home before 2 am but guess what I’m not half as tiered if I would do this at home.
Some say that the island Ibiza and Palma have a special energy…must be.
Yesterday when we left the harbor I finally managed to take a picture I was thinking of for quite some time. I like here lines if you look at it from the bow..
Sometimes there are days you get up and you think it will be another boring day in the office doing the paperwork as usual if I’m not out sailing and taking pictures.
Today seemed to be such a day until I got the phone call from Swiss Olympic asking me if I still can go to China taking pictures at the games. I couldn’t believe my ears, what kind of a question…sure I want to go it’s something I’m dreaming and hoping since long time.
Now it’s time for a short break to enjoy this moment and then I guess we have to start to fill in a few forms…details about all this later.
Take care and enjoy the day
Today I will join the Swiss Sailing Team in Magglingen and we will spend a 2 days and talk about rules. After several discussions with sailors involved in the Olympic selection, Swiss and some of other Nationalities we realized the knowledge of the medal race details (Addendum Q) is quite poor even among some the top world class sailors aspiring for a medals at the games.
Interesting fact considering that federations and sailors invest a lot of recourses to get sailors to the medal race, and once they are there the hardly understand the rules of the game. Some months ago I was involved with a similar session for another Olympic sailing team, we did the ISAF medal race Quiz which contains about 20 questions. Most of the sailors got right from 7 to 13…..
Normal racing rules will also be discussed and for sure will also talk about rule 42, I think it’s becoming a bit of an emotional issue. The rule 42 is clearly described however there is still some room for interpretation and some judges go harder on the subject as others which may create a bit confusion.
It’s a great way to work with sailors and learn more about their concerns and point of view , will be really curious what will be the key lesson learned for them and me.