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Olympic Games! A fantastic photographic opportunity

cambirder 14 7.2k England
16 Aug 2012 9:47AM
Bugger, I thought I had a good chance of winning a white water rafting trip with my lee valley shots but I lost to this one Sad

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pablophotographer 6 952 335
18 Aug 2012 11:00PM
A picture from an Olympic city.... p1040809.jpg

Any guess which one it is? I missed a bit of the Olympic circles at the bottom, but thankfully they were no bystanders at the time...
Canonshots 7 172 13 United Kingdom
22 Aug 2012 8:59AM
For me, the Olympics coincided with a house move, but I did manage to get to the road time trial day. I am still living in chaos, and I have only just managed to get my pictures on the computer. One of them is now in my portfolio.img-0890.jpg

Here are a img-0872.jpg

few others. img-0819.jpg

pablophotographer 6 952 335
22 Aug 2012 3:25PM
Thank you Canonshots, Nice shots! I am just wondering if anyone would upload any pictures from the Special Olympics ... here's to the future!
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
22 Aug 2012 4:20PM
Well I've got tickets for the equestrian event but I'm not sure what camera/lens I'm allowed to take in.
Paul Morgan 17 19.1k 6 England
22 Aug 2012 4:33PM
I sat and watched a film last night about Sir Ludwig Guttmann, I had no idea the Para-Olympics all started at Stoke Mandeville Hospital Smile
User_Removed 8 4.6k 1 Scotland
22 Aug 2012 8:45PM
I popped out for a minute.

Did I miss something?

Never mind. Inspector George Gently and New Tricks are coming back.
lobsterboy Plus
14 14.9k 13 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2012 2:16PM
So, it's Paralympics time. Here are some snaps from the opening ceremony last night:

Big Bang






Raising the union Jack



Athletes Parade

Greece out-flag everyone

Italians Welcome their team


Team USA arrive

The stunning moment when Team GB arrived - filmed by 1000s of phones:



Someone lit a few sparklers to welcome the athletes


GB Under 16s Wheelchair Basketball team carry the paralympic flag

Books and Knowledge





Large Hadron Collider


A thumping version of Spasticus Autisticus

Lighting The Flame


I am What I am - plus a few Roman Candles







pablophotographer 6 952 335
30 Aug 2012 10:39PM
Amazing pictures Lobsterboy, quite a feast for the eyes!!!!

Congratulations and thanks for keeping the flame alive!!!
mikehit 8 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2012 11:22PM
Stunning pictures, there Lobsterboy.
In several ways I found the simplicity of the Paralympics ceremony better than the ceremony for the first event.
Montana5 8 57 3 Scotland
30 Aug 2012 11:26PM
Wonderful pictures, many thanks for uploading.

lobsterboy Plus
14 14.9k 13 United Kingdom
31 Aug 2012 8:26AM
Thanks guys - not bad result for handheld shots at ISO 1600 I thought Smile In fact a friend was in the main show and we were able to zoom in and pick her out on some of the shots.

Just incase anyone is still worried about what camera to take. I took a 5DmkII with 24-105 lens and a 300mmf/4 + 1.4x adapter with no problem. In fact my metal belt buckle caused more problems with security.
The main thing is to keep your bag to a size that will go under your seat as there is not a lot of room.
31 Aug 2012 11:40AM
your pictures are fab Chris, I saw one on the front of a newspaper yesterday that looked like one taken from a similar vantage point to you but the quality was awful.

Watched the swimming yesterday and what a race Hannah Russel had! another medal this morning in the cycling too Smile
Carabosse 15 41.1k 270 England
31 Aug 2012 11:46AM
Great stuff! I was out and didn't see the opening ceremony - but these pics will do just fine! Smile
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
31 Aug 2012 3:17PM
What a great sent of pics Chris. Wish I'd seen your comment about taking in your DSLR though before I went to Greenwich today. I took the G11 but saw lots of people with long zooms once I got inside. It's a shame because I just couldn't get a decent shot. But here's two of Team GB's Sophie Wells on Pinnochio winning their Level IV Dressage round.

And what a fabulous venue Greenwich Park is. We'll never see the park like this again. It's an inspired choice for the equestrian events and we had a great morning. Just one gripe though. They close all the shops and food outlets before the end of the competition so if you want to buy anything you have to get it before you go into the seating area or miss some of the action by shopping while the event is going on.

Anyway, a couple of rubbish shots but I'll try for some more tickets now. There were loads of empty seats - again! Rubbish organisation Ticket Committee!!!



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