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Even the Losers….

Even the losers….

Yup that’s what I think of. That song as I’m going through all of these shots taken over nearly a month when I come upon these looks of devastation, loss of control, incomprehension.  Some were captured by accident while I and the camera were focused on the winners, others too obvious to ignore.

For every winner, there are dozens of athletes who made it to the Olympics and did not win a gold medal.  Each and everyone of them probably has a moment of disappointment before they remember what they have accomplished  just to be at the Olympics.

This is the third post in a series of blog entries about my experiences at the 2012 London Olympics.  An overall view of  images are now posted on my website.  Images that appear here may or may not be on the website and images from the website might not appear on my blog, so take a look at both.  Head on over to my gallery of Olympics images here if you want to see more pictures.

Enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday.  There is much to be thankful for.

Thanks, Jason

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Badminton. Who knew?

I was surprised to witness the athleticism and focus of the Badminton competitors. The clean and orderly nature of the court can be deceiving.

Between almost every point the players would use their hands to wipe sweat off their faces and fling it onto the floor, and sometimes the photographers, surrounding the court.

Some of their returns made it look like their bodies contorted into strange poses and jumps in the air were huge.  Their focus and powerful stares matched with any other sport.

Kind of an unsung sport if you ask me.

 

This is the second post in a series of blog entries about my experiences at the 2012 London Olympics.  An overall view of  images are now posted on my website.  Images that appear here may or may not be on the website and images from the website might not appear on my blog, so take a look at both.  Head on over to my gallery of Olympics images here if you want to see more pictures.

Thanks, Jason

All Rights Reserved  ©2012  Jason Evans/IOC
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Olympics Fencing Image Takes 2nd Place

The APA Awards 2012 Photo Competition Winners were announced last week, and this image I took at the London Olympics won 2nd Place in the Action Category.

The lighting in the fencing venue was so dramatic- hard spotlights on the piste and the near blackness in the rest of the exposition space.  All of the exposed ductwork in the ceiling reflected the lights beautifully.  It fit the drama and showmanship of the competitors perfectly.  After each touch, point scored or not, both competitors performed a Tiger Woods fist pump in celebration. The touches happened so quickly, I guess it was even hard for the competitors to know who touched first.

Click here to see more of my images from the 2012 London Olympics.  To see the APA Awards winners page, click here.

All Rights Reserved  ©2012  Jason Evans/IOC

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2012 London Olympics – Invasion of the Bubble People

I’m back from the Olympics and reliving all of the spectacle and events I was able to witness and photograph. One of the greatest things about this project, and working for the International Olympic Committee,  is that I was able to witness some of the not-so-obvious and scenes behind the scenes. One of my favorites was shooting diving from an underwater perspective.  The divers take on this look of another species after plunging into the clean blue. Sort of  like their own underwater tribe…. The Bubble People.

This is the first of a series of blog entries about my experiences at the 2012 London Olympics.  An overall view of  images are now posted on my website.  Images that appear here may or may not be on the website and images from the website might not appear on my blog, so take a look at both.  Head on over to my gallery of Olympics images here if you want to see more pictures.

Thanks, Jason

All Rights Reserved  ©2012  Jason Evans/IOC
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London Calling – If only photography were an Olympic sport

I leave for London in an hour and am looking forward to 29 days of shooting.  When I agreed to shoot my first Olympics in Vancouver, it was described as the hardest job I’d ever do.  Boy, was that right!  I remember not sleeping very much, but loving every minute of it.

This year’s Summer Games take it to another level with more events, more competitions, and more photographers. I’m excited to be a part of this grand event, to work with wonderful people at the IOC and LOCOG, and for the challenge to come home with amazing pictures.

Here’s a picture of some of the gear that I’m taking.  Mostly it is camera and computer equipment.  The Bose speakers are purely for entertainment purpose only…

Special thanks to John Huet and to Jay at EP Levine for getting me my Canon 5D Mark III and 1D X  just in a nick of time.

There are restrictions on what I can post once in London. But, I’ll update as often as I can.

Jason