I’d planned today to get some shots of the festivities for the 2010 Winter Olympics Torch Relay happening today in Quesnel, BC. However, a phone call to my wife at home put a damper on that – she was having a rough day with the kids and her playdate for the day had canceled.
I decided to scrap the idea and do my photowalk this weekend – after all I have my first “Image Expressions” photography class this weekend, which I was already planning to integrate into my 52 weeks project. No worries, right?
However, on my way home I got stuck in one of the rolling roadblocks for the Olympic Torch Relay and decided that the fates had intervened. I hustled across a bridge to where I was told the relay-ists were going to exchange torches and set myself up with my longer 150mm lens. It turned out my vantage point was perfect, as I was given slightly incorrect directions – but it was close enough. I got a couple good photos of the support vehicles and a couple decent shots of one of the runners. The changeover point was a little past where I was standing, but I was able to reach out with my lens and get some decent shots.
I’ll try and get them edited tonight and put up ASAP – I’ll have to see how they turned out, I’ve only looked at them via the on camera preview.
The torch relay route went past my work. My boss suggested that if we wanted to watch we could go outside, and maybe take some pictures. I went out and looked around (being an old pro now, I knew there would be a handoff point somewhere) and found where the next relay-ist would be.
I went up to her and asked if I could take her photograph. She seemed genuinely flattered and said “Yes, but I’m crying”. I took some portraits of her holding her torch – the men behind her had a Canadian flag, I’m going to have to see if I got any with a good flag in the background.
An Olympics official rode up on a bicycle and used his special key to unlock her torch and turn it on, I got a great shot of that.
Then I looked back at where the previous torch-bearer was coming from. I got some shots of him approaching, and got ready to capture them trading flames – got a couple good shots there.
Then, I got pictures of the official turning off the previous bearers torch. I asked him after he was done if I could shoot him too and he said yes, his pictures weren’t as good as I was a bit too close with my 40-150mm and didn’t have time to walk myself back to frame him as I’d have liked.
I have lots of Olympic Torch photos now, so I’ll try and edit them and get them up quickly.