Spectating at London 2012

Still sticking with the Olympic theme for at least one more post, as well as GamesMaking, I was very lucky to see a few events too. I’d come through the very first ticket ballot with tickets for athletics, and then at a much later date decided it wasn’t every day that the Olympics came to town and bought some for the Paralympics closing ceremony.

These photos of the first trip to Olympic Park and the athletics are not particularly remarkable, but again are memories. I would have liked them to be better, but you try getting nice crisp shots of sporting action when you’re a mile up in the Olympic stadium with lots of very excited people. Who often had flags. Anyway, fair warning: there are a lot of photos under the cut…

300mm, 1/500 sec, f7.1, ISO 800

21mm, 1/160 sec, f8.0, ISO 100
The athlete’s village behind Stratford International station

18mm, 1/200 sec, f9.0, ISO 100

18mm, 1/250 sec, f/10, ISO 100

24mm, 1/500 sec, f/16, ISO 100
The plane makes this shot for me, I think the streak in front of it may be its shadow?

18mm, 1/160 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100

18mm, 1/200 sec, f/9.0, ISO 100

18mm, 1/200 sec, f/9.0, ISO 100

18mm, 1/125 sec, f/7.1, ISO 100

55mm, 1/80 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100

18mm, 1/160 sec, f/7.1, ISO 100

300mm, 1/500 sec, f/7.1, ISO 500

130mm, 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100

135mm, 1/1600 sec, f/13, ISO 100

And then the sport began…

300mm, 1/400 sec, f/7.1, ISO 1250

300mm, 1/400 sec, f/7.1, ISO 1250

300mm, 1/400 sec, f/7.1, ISO 1600

300mm, 1/400 sec, f/7.1, ISO 1600

300mm, 1/400 sec, f/7.1, ISO 1600

300mm, 1/400 sec, f/6.3, ISO 1600

300mm, 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 1600

300mm, 1/320 sec, f/6.3, ISO 1600

300mm, 1/250 sec, /5.6, ISO 1600

300mm, 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 1600

300mm, 1/400 sec, f/6.3, ISO 1600

300mm, 1/320 sec, f/5.6, ISO 1600

300mm, 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 1600
Oscar Pistorius making history on the far side

300mm, 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 1600
Annoyingly I’ve uploaded the less good of two photos, but it’s the crowd in them that should be the focal point. During this race, the cheering and shouting was so loud in the stadium, I actually felt the pressure in my ears change. It was amazing.

135mm, 1/200 sec, f/4.5, ISO 1250

25mm, 1/8 sec, f/4.0, ISO 1600

18mm, 1/15 sec, f/3.5, ISO 1600

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2 thoughts on “Spectating at London 2012

  1. Catherine, At least you got into the Olympic Park. We got the underground into Stratford in the hope to get into the park for some pictures. Of course the Olympic area was ticket only, and we wanted just a park ticket, but you couldn’t get them once the games started, so was a wasted trip. Thanks for posting, so those of us who were not lucky enough to get into the park can see it second hand.
    Colin.

  2. Lovely shots, my favourites being the two of the Olympic flame, but then that might be because I like fire. I also really love the one of the injured (?) athlete crawling on the floor, its so symbolic and there is clearly a story there!

    I like the flower-foreground shots of the stadium and the red thing whose name I’ve forgotten. They look almost stereotypical but I really like the colour. They look very much like a summer I don’t remember having, in fact. The shot of the sun peeking through the floodlight is also one of my favourites.

    The night shot of the red squiggly thing looks a bit saturated, however – I suspect the eternal problem the 60D has with red.

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