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The Complexities of the World Cup

I arrived on Friday and was dead tired.  Missed my connection on Helsinki and the drive from the airport was over an hour so not much left to do in the day except situate.  Time change is always difficult, particularly after limited sleep on the airplane.  The next day it was off to the stadium to get my game credential and bib.  Long distance, hot weather and difficulty with getting back to the hotel (took 45 minutes to get a taxi).  Two matches yesterday, France beat Argentina, probably Messi’s last international match.  Uruguay beat Portugal, also probably the last international match for Ronaldo.

When I came to the stadium yesterday, they told me that I should arrive at 10 AM to get a good place in line.  In spite of falling asleep late, got up and headed to the stadium (a 10 min ride) ion the shuttle bus.  It took the driver 40 minutes to figure out how to get to the stadium.  Still made it early enough that I am eighth in line for my group which is unfortunately group 3.  That means all group 1 and 2 photographers for first.

The next problem;em was finding out that my pocket wizards needed to be registered.  A long process to resolve this and I have registration in process.  The biggest issue with remotes is the rain today which may mitigate against using remotes, we will see.

The Joys of Travel!!

Of to a great start, haha.  My 1 PM departure from Charlotte with a three hour layover in NY of course encountered a hiccup.  Thunderstorms in New York, takeoff two hours late.  ETA about 5 PM with a 5:40 PM departure for Helsinki.  The only good news is that my departure is in the same terminal as my arrival.  I think I will make it, will my luggage.  Ah the joys of air travel.  While we were waiting, Belgium beat England 1-0 so it appears that my second match (assuming I get credentialed) will be England v Colombia!  Excited about that.  All for now, wish me luck!

It’s Almost Time!!

World Cup preparations continue!  72 hours from now I will be on a flight to Helsinki on the way to Moscow.  As the third games for each team in the knockout round continue, the games for the round of 16 will be set.  That is the signal to be able to apply for credentials.  Tonight I applied for Russia v Spain.  Tomorrow, in a big game England and Belgium play for the winner of their group.  I will apply for the game that the second place team plays in.  Currently, they are absolutely tied and there has been conjecture that they both may try to be second to avoid playing Brazil….conspiracy theories everywhere!

Current equipment count (not inclusive):

3-Canon 1DX Mark II

2-Canon 1DX

Canon 200-400, f4; 70-200, f2.8; 24-70, f2.8; 14 f2.8

3-pocket wizards

Monopod x 2–extra for a 600 mm lens from CPS

Chargers, spare battery for cameras, spare AA batteries

Wire to hardwire remotes if close to seat

Multiple different connecting cords

Luggage count–3 suitcases and a backpack, very little of this is for clothes

 

Russia arrangements continue

Well I was worried about St Petersburg.  Waited too long to try to arrange train, but got a flight for the return.  All transport is done, tickets obtained, not trivial tasks.  Far more of a challenge then Brazil or Canada.  Twenty three days until departure, time to start putting the kit together.  Given travel and other issues, I will be going minimalist approach, in particular, no remotes.  Hate it, but mobility and compactness will be key.  Did order a new Think Tank Airport Security 3.0.  I have the original version which lacks some of the current features including a cable lock, sounds trivial, but it’s not.  This weekend will make final decisions on gear. Ordered a couple extra CFast cards today.