I’m not a sports photographer, but when the Olympics came to London it’s impossible not to give it a go! Today was the turn of watching the Brownlee brothers take gold and bronze in the men’s triathlon in Hyde Park. It was a superb race watched from the Serpentine Bar and Kitchen.
I haven’t taken a lot of kit around with me, mainly the Nikon D4 and D800 and just a couple of lenses 24-70mm, 70-200mm and for when the security get heavy and start measuring the length of things, the 24-120mm which I think is one of my oldest lenses, and softest too (new version much, much better).
Here is a quick video I did for fun; it’s all the pictures I shot today on the D4 at 11fps, played back in a video. Watch the men’s triathlon in 90 seconds!
Carrying on from above, here is another video shot on the Nikon D4 running at 11 fps, all the jpgs were then sequenced unedited. Taken at the Athletics at London 2012 last night:
Here are a few photos. I have to say that I can’t praise the D4 highly enough. I spent 2 months shooting on the D800 abroad just before the Olympics in Nepal and the Galapagos. It became my camera of choice probably because of the resolution and incredible dynamic range and the D4 didn’t come out much. All change though in London and the D4 is now the perfect camera for documentary or reportage photography. The searingly high frame rate, lightening autofocus, live view modes and ergonomics make it ideal to run around with. Low light? It’s perfect, you need never worry about what your ISO is again. Plus, it keeps giving surprises. Today, I tried shooting at full frame rate (11fps) on stills live view mode while holding the camera well above the crowd. I was able to frame from nowhere near the camera, and the autofocus drove continuously, tracking moving objects or faces once it had locked onto a runner. Wow. Then hit the shutter and it motors through at 11fps while in live view. The results speak for themselves.