To sum it up, the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games has been amazing. Although I had some challenging moments, but still, I really enjoyed covering this event. Our Getty team is just the best in the world. Everyone did a great job and together we produced stunning coverage of the games. I was proud to have been a part of it despite how exhausted I was by the end. It was physically very demanding.
As a sports photographer, I need to carry around heavy lenses all day long so, you need to be fit! My basic kit includes five bodies and several lenses from a wide angle lens to a telephoto lens. For a major event like the Paralympic Winter Games, you travel with loads for gear, remote equipment, security cables and of course clothes and some personal items. All in all, I had to travel with five bags with an overall weight of 65 kilogram. That is a challenge in itself.
My basic kit for the Sochi 2014 Winter Paralympic Games contained the following items:
– 2x D4 bodies
– 2x D3s bodies
– 1x SB-910 flash
On top of all this, I work with other lenses, which I borrow from Nikon Professional Services. At major events they are always on site helping out with repairs, loan gear and other helpful services. For the games, I used the AF-S Nikkor 600mm 1:4G ED VR II, too. Alpine events, especially, have huge distances and you need long lenses to cover the action. And, of course, as any sports photographer will tell you, you never forget your monopod!