Hot Links: Going for the gold

(Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 70-200mm @ 200mm. Exposure: 1/2000th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 200)

Once every four years the greatest athletes gather for an incredible festival of sports that is the Olympics. Being a relatively small paper, The Record doesn’t send anyone to cover the games. We rely on news services such as Associated Press. Here are some links from around the photo world of the XXIX Summer Olympic games in Beijing, China.

Lone wolf

Check out Seattle Times photographer Rod Mar’s blog, The Best Seat In The House. He’s the Times’ lone shooter at the Olympics. Mar’s got some great shots and he talks about the games from a photographers perspective.

How to
How much equipment does it take to shoot such and event like the Olympics? Mar, Detroit Free Press photographer Eric Seals, and Newsweek shooter Vincent Laforet all have blogged about the gear they took on the trip.  USA Today photographer Bert Hanashiro has a video on his Sports Shooter site on how he prepares for the biggest event in sports. This is his 10th Olympics that he’s covered, so he ought to know.

Opening statements

The Boston Globe’s Big Picture shows the grandeur and pageantry of the Olympics opening ceremonies. Some of the pictures look like all of China’s 1.3 billion people are packed into the stadium in Beijing.

Lowered expectations?

According to the website J Camp Live, the downturn in the economy has even affected Sports Illustrated. This Olympics SI will only “…send a photo editor, three photo technicians and 10 photographers to Beijing. It’s a significant decrease from previous years when Sports Illustrated sent almost its entire office to the Olympic games.” Yeah, life’s rough all over. Here’s a gallery of Sports Illustrated’s “limited” coverage.

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