It is Sunday, February 9th here is Sochi. This is only my third morning here and I have already lost track of what day of the week it is. Not that it really matters, every day is a competition day, more than one if you are lucky and tough enough. For today, I have decided that I am not tough enough to do more than a single venue today.
Instead of being on the bus at 8:00 to head to the downhill which begins at 11:00, I have decided to get a bit of sleep, and get caught up on images this morning and then head to the biathlon venue later this afternoon for tonight’s Women’s 7.5 km Sprint.
I was really pleased to get a ticket to the Opening Ceremonies! Although it began at 8:14PM (20:14), that doesn’t mean you just show up and shoot. We left the Main Media Center at 4:00 so we could be in position before the doors opened to the public at 5:00. My position was not easy to get to and although I was behind the stage, I was at the equivalent of the 45 yard line and high enough to really see the displays.
On a photographic note, I was primarily using my 400 f2.8 and 16 to 35 f2.8 zoom, with a bit of fish eye thrown in for fun! It was a wild night adapting to the lighting and I used ISO’s ranging from 1250 to 20,000 (yup 4 zeros).
I hope you enjoy my snaps from a very cool evening!