On Saturday 23rd March I was assigned by my agency Action Plus Sports Images to cover the ‘Superstars of Gymnastics’ at the O2 Arena. A major new event showcasing the very best of Gymnastics featuring olympic gold medalists & global megastars Simone Biles and Max Whitlock. Biles & Whitlock would be the judges to score the Superstars of Gymnastics which would feature, from Great Britain, James Hall, Danny Purvis, Dom Cunningham, Courtney Tulloch, Sam Oldham and Jay Thompson. As well as Germany’s Fabian Hambüchen, a gold medallist on horizontal bars at Rio 2016, triple Commonwealth Games gold medallist Ellie Black of Canada, double Olympic silver medallist Marcel Nguyen, three-time World Champion Oksana Chusovitine, four-time World Cup medallist Elisabeth Seitz, six-time Dutch national champion Casimir Schmidt and Jamacian international Danusia Francis.
Over a course of an afternoon and evening sessions, I didn’t have a lot of time to send live images while every other event was starting every twenty minutes. So knowing this, I had to pre plan everything, from the timing and position of where I will be photographing each Gymnastic event. The O2 Arena doesn’t have the best lighting or backdrop so I had to take that into consideration as well. However, I was able to photograph pretty much where ever I wanted inside the O2 Arena, which was kind of Matchroom Sport to give me that type of access.
Beam - Canon 1DX MKII with EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM inc a 4-star filter.
Parallel Bars - Canon 1DX MKII with EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM.
Vault (Men) - Canon 1DX MKII with EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM.
Vault (Women) - Canon 1DX MKII with EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM inc a 4-star filter.
Uneven Bars - Canon 1DX MKII with EF 70-200 mm F/2.8 L IS II USM.
Pommel - Canon 1DX MKII with EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM.
Floor (Ground Level) - Canon 1DX MKI with EF 70-200 mm F/2.8 L IS II USM.
Floor (4th Floor Level) - Canon 1DX MKII with EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM.
Below are my favourite photographs I captured.