In icy conditions, athletes from around the globe are doing battle under the lights of Pyeongchang’s Winter Olympic sporting venues. Following every snowboard flying through the half-pipes, every bobsled thundering down the track and each stick hitting a puck is an army of professional photographers covering the events for media outlets across the planet.
Up to now, not much has been seen by the general public of what goes on behind the scenes for these pro photographers, and the efforts brands put in to help them maintain their gear and keep on shooting, which is especially important in the harsh environments of Pyeongchang, where temperatures have been even colder than forecast.
Well, wonder no more as we’ve got some amazing images to share with you from from Canon’s CPS (Canon Professional Services) base at the Winter Olympics. And, if you love chunky cameras and big lenses, these images will leave you drooling and, more than likely, with some serious gear envy.
We spoke to Canon insider, Rob Luckett, who shared some interesting stats and figures with us. Rob informed us that, to ensure the CPS operation runs smoothly, Canon have 72 staff members at the Winter Olympics. The Canon staff come from 10 different countries and speak a total of 10 different languages.
The Olympics don’t happen every day of course and pro photographers have to be ready for those crucial, gold medal-winning moments of sporting glory, and this means that they can’t afford to have anything go wrong with their kit. If they do have a problem, CPS have plenty of gear at Pyeongchang to loan out, with images showing a room full of pro-level DSLR bodies and L Glass telephoto lenses. So exactly how much repair/maintainence work is needed from the hundreds of photographers covering the 15 main events at Pyeongchang? “We estimate CPS will provide over 1000 maintenance jobs or repairs while there,” explained Rob.