TO2015 Tally

And so, that is that. The Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games are finished, and I’ve retired my photo credentials and numbered vest. With as little regret as possible I’ve given back the very nice equipment I borrowed from Nikon Photo Services, and I’m left with an enormous pile of photographs to sort through. Which isn’t really a bad problem to have.

TO2015 - Souvenirs

There’s plenty more to write: about my credential courtesy of the City of Hamilton (host city for Pan Am soccer); some of the amazing athletes I had the privilege of watching; the always good-natured and highly effective corps of volunteers and security; the wonderful venue photo managers and their assistants; the good-humoured police and EMS officers at each site; and of course the three friends I had the pleasure of shooting the soccer with. And all of the other events I made my way to in between.

In the meantime, though, I’ll start with the easy stuff: a lazy-blogger’s list of Things From The Games.

Thirteen events:

TO2015 Pan Am Games - archery, July 16
Some very serious archers.

Five venues:

TO2015 Pan Am Games - soccer, July 19, 2015
The soccer field, from on high.

Four medal ceremonies:

  • Men’s 50m pistol
  • Men’s 50m prone rifle
  • Women’s soccer
  • Men’s soccer

TO2015 Pan Am Games - shooting, July 17, 2015
Happy Brazilians – double gold in target shooting.

Six lenses:

Four camera bodies:

  • trusty old Nikon D5000 – the main workhorse
  • borrowed, and even older, Nikon D200 – some use
  • loaner Nikon D810 – borrowed for 7-a-side soccer, why not? Massive pixel count.
  • loaner Nikon D4 – borrowed for wheelchair basketball. A low light, machine-gunning monster.

Five purchased souvenirs:

  • one official Hudson’s Bay Company Team Canada ball cap
  • two TO2015 T-shirts (shamelessly bought at 50% off toward the end of the games)
  • two stuffed Pachi mascots, gifts for the children of the kind friend who lent me her second camera (the D200) to replace my terminally-ailing second shooter D70S.

TO2015 - Wheelchair Basketball, Canada vs. Brazil
Pachi, in the flesh (more or less).

Two credentials: one for Pan Am, one for Parapan Am. They are different colours.

Dozens of free granola bars consumed, and an unknown number of bottles of water and cups of coffee.

One tired scientist photographer.

About Richard Wintle

I am Canadian by heritage, and a molecular biologist and human geneticist by training. My day job is Assistant Director of a large genome centre, where I do various things along the lines of "keeping the wheels on". In my spare time, I tend to run around with a camera, often chasing horses, race cars, musicians, and occasionally, wildlife.
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