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Aug11

Summer games: a sunset to remember

By Marc Aspland, Thursday August 11, 2016
The vista only lasted a few brief beautiful moments before deep darkness descended. This was a moment in time captured to end my day of work. Taken on an EOS-1D X Mark II; the exposure was 1/400sec at f/4.5, ISO 1600.

The vista only lasted a few brief beautiful moments before deep darkness descended. This was a moment in time captured to end my day of work. Taken on an EOS-1D X Mark II; the exposure was 1/400sec at f/4.5, ISO 1600. © Marc Aspland

Every games I have covered for The Times, since Atlanta 1996, has been a feast of remarkable sporting achievements and of course great sports photography. I go through my five summer games and sum each and every one up with certain pictures which I am very proud of. I hope Rio will be no different.

The first image was taken of Team Great Britain track cyclists including Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish as they powered their way around the Rio Velodrome before the games had started. Once the obvious editorial images had been taken, I was then able to be slightly more creative as there was no pressure of deadlines with a 4 hour time-difference!

If there could be one photogenic way to watch the sun set on the opening day of the summer games, I cannot think of a better place than perched on the last seat at the very top corner of the Beach Volleyball Arena at Copacabana Beach.

At exactly 5:33pm the sun slowly slid behind the mountains overlooking Rio and the faintest ripple of cheering and applause could be heard from the Boardwalk, as happens nightly. The sky returned the gift, turning briefly into hues of deep orange and pink. Having already found my ideal location, with permission granted by a charming Photo Manager, it was a pleasure to press my shutter button at the exact moment of a serve or during net action in the Men's match.

A simple pan-blur as the riders went by is obvious enough but I pushed my EOS-1D X Mark II further by using my 16-35mm wide angle zoom; the exposure was 1/12sec at f/11, ISO 250. Luckily only one rider was captured centre frame who was sharp and this makes for an interesting opening picture.

A simple pan-blur as the riders went by is obvious enough but I pushed my EOS-1D X Mark II further by using my 16-35mm wide angle zoom; the exposure was 1/12sec at f/11, ISO 250. Luckily only one rider was captured centre frame who was sharp and this makes for an interesting opening picture. © Marc Aspland

And after the arty picture and the lovely scenic picture, comes the emotion of defeat whilst competing at the games. Great Britain’s women track cyclist and odds-on-favorite, Lizzie Armitstead is captured after finishing 5th in a brutal 136.9km road race. Her face reflects the pure disappointment after training those long hours for this one event. Taken on an EOS-1D X Mark II; the exposure was 1/1328sec at f/2.8, ISO 800.

And after the arty picture and the lovely scenic picture, comes the emotion of defeat whilst competing at the games. Great Britain’s women track cyclist and odds-on-favorite, Lizzie Armitstead is captured after finishing 5th in a brutal 136.9km road race. Her face reflects the pure disappointment after training those long hours for this one event. Taken on an EOS-1D X Mark II; the exposure was 1/1328sec at f/2.8, ISO 800. © Marc Aspland