2012 Summer Olympics: What it is like to be an Olympic photographer
Last night, while riding the bus back to my apartment, I looked back at the day and wrote down exactly what I accomplished (and didn't). Just so that all of you can get a feel for a typical day at the Olympics, here is what my day looked like yesterday:
7:45 Got up (uh oh - no hot water - cold shower) 8:45 Bus to the Main Press Center (MPC) 9:00 Stop at the media food court to slam an Egg McMuffin 9:15 MPC - check in - clean gear 9:30 Go to Canon's loan desk and borrow 200-400 lens 9:45 Run for the bus to the aquatics center 10:15 Shoot swimming preliminaries 1:00 Finished shooting swimming 1:15 Head to basketball 1:40 Slam a BLT sandwich at the media room of basketball while downloading (this is where those 1000x memory cards and USB 3.0 reader really come in handy!) 1:50 Find a shooting position in basketball 2:00 Edit while waiting for the game to start 2:30 Shoot USA vs. France basketball game 4:30 Finish shooting basketball 5:00 Take bus back to MPC 5:45 Download basketball images and post blog 1 (images from yesterday) 6:15 Slam dinner (Fish and chips of course!) 6:30 Take bus to water polo venue 7:00 Set up remote camera 7:15 Get into position (entry to the pool area is limited to certain times before each game) 7:30 Shoot USA waterpolo game 8:45 Shoot images in the mixed zone (an area where the press can interview the athletes) 9:00 Download game shots and interview shots 9:15 Remove remote camera setup from rafters 9:30 Edit water polo images 10:15 Post images to Team USA Waterpolo 10:45 Write blog 2 11:00 Take the press bus back to the MPC 12:00 Take the press bus back to condo and recharge all batteries for tomorrow
Am I complaining? Heck no - I am at the Olympics!
BTW - I am posting this as I slam my dinner and go through images. :)