A basketball game featuring the London Lions and the Plymouth Raiders was always going to be an intense and exciting clash – so who would turn down an invitation for full press courtside access at one of London 2012’s iconic Olympic venues to capture the event? On the night we were joined by 9 keen photographers in the Copper Box Arena for what proved to be a truly fulfilling photographic experience.
The evening began with a quick briefing and loan of the latest Olympus kit. Then armed with a trusty OM-D E-M1 Mark II and the latest M.Zuiko 40-150mm f/2.8 and 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO lenses, our intrepid group set about capturing the fantastic action at this lively venue. Under the expert tuition of Olympus Ambassador Mike Inkley and Olympus product experts Claire Harvey-May and Claire Voyle.
At the tip-off of the first quarter we moved to our vantage points at either end of the court and up in the stands to capture the fast and furious action.
As the buzzer sounded for the end of the first quarter we regrouped briefly on the sidelines for feedback, advice, to share photos and swap lenses. We were back courtside for each of the 12 minute quarters switching places and testing a variety of lenses including the 300mm f/4 IS PRO lens and fully taking the OM-D E-M1 Mark II cameras, all updated to the latest firmware, through their paces.
Our budding pack of sports photographers captured it all and as the final buzzer sounded the London Lions had won a highly competitive game 93-84. As the crowd roared in celebration we all headed back to our base to reluctantly return the borrowed cameras and head home.
With thanks to Mike and the Olympus team, we all departed with memory cards bulging with fabulous shots from the evening.