36/52: Olympic / Paralympic Stadium
Wow! What an evening! Last night was by far the best experience that my wife and I have had of both the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London 2012. Despite being in the open air, the atmosphere was absolutely amazing, even compared with being so close to the action in the enclosed velodrome. It was simply a wonderful experience.
You could feel the roar of the crowd whenever any GB athlete was introduced or competed. It never failed to give me goosebumps. It was also a privilege to witness the likes of David Weir, Hannah Cockroft and Jonnie Peacock taking their golds. So impressive.
It had been a lovely hot day which was wonderful, but meant that facing into the sun would have given me problems finding a suitable exposure for every shot in this stitched panorama. So, I waited for the sun to drop very low in the sky and when the exposure of the sky matched the lighting inside the stadium (1/80th, f/7.1, ISO1250), I set the 70-200mm to 70mm and took a series of shots, 43 in total, ensuring I overlapped each photograph to help the stitching process. Waiting for that balance of light also meant that I was lucky to have a beautiful sky for this shot.
I'm pleased with the result as it is will be a nice memory of our evening at the stadium, but it does little to capture the real atmosphere of the place. We're looking forward to the next time. ;-)