Indoors for the Opening Ceremony
Steve Russell, Staff Photographer
Last night was a first time for me at the Olympics.
In the four that I have covered I was finally shooting the Opening from in the Stadium.
I was in the Stadium in Torino, but, I was filing pictures for Bernard Weil and Tony Bock and not shooting.
The Opening is one of the most sought after tickets of the Games. This along with the three hour time difference makes it one of the most challenging assignments. When the Sports Section is planning to run a double truck (two-page) picture, well, that turns up the pressure again.
The show started at 6 pm, most photographers had staked out their positions at around 2 pm. Each photographer was ticketed for one seat. In that seat each photographer had a long lens on a monopod, a midrange zoom lens and maybe a wide angle lens as well. Also each photographer had their laptop with them so they could file on the fly. At the seat was also a thick binder that ran down the show. These were very cramped areas!
The binder is the most important thing at the seat, while we organize our gear and wait, we use it to plan our lens choices and look for that double truck picture.
We did not have to look far, we could see the ramp and the binder said it was only one snowboarder we knew we only had one shot at it. The question was, was there going to be pyro from the rings. I found a couple people that were at the rehearsal and said that it was going to be confetti!
The rest was just sitting and waiting and looking at the binder to look for windows to file in.
Right after the flag raising I filed, as I resumed shooting I recieved a text from Photo Editor Ken Faught.
The Opening flies by for us, between shooting, ingesting, editing and filing the next thing you know it is over and you are exhausted!