The year of 2012 marks the fourth Summer Olympic Games that I’ve experienced, and quite frankly, the first that I’ve actually really paid attention to. Mainly because I was so engrossed in the local hap’nings for the Canadian viewing experience of the games as a digital media intern for CTV Olympics, or formally known as ‘Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium’.
What exactly did that entail?
It meant a whole ton of lack of sleep - when London opened their doors to the athletes at 8 AM, that meant I was already on station at 3 AM with my fingers cracked and ready to go.
Often times with only me around the trailer, I grabbed a quick Coke Zero, snapped some shots of my workplace under the fluorescence and quickly got to work. The interesting combination of a sluggish shutter speed and the relatively low frequency of the lighting in the trailer made for some interesting lighting effects with the colour balance.
At 5:00 AM, catering would start, where I’d induce an unhealthy amount of potatoes, scrambled eggs which would occasionally resemble cardboard, and delicious, delicious bacon. Hop on out to snap a quick photo to test out the noise performance of my new body and it did not disappoint.
I also had to take a snapshot of these bad boys. Not everyday you’d be hanging around the massive satellite dishes that Bell uses to broadcast with. Being a night owl for these three weeks showed me some interesting lighting effects under certain times of the day, like this eerie, red glow the seemingly black skies emitted.
But what was this really? It was an amazing internship experience that was fun, immersive and unparalleled in nature. I worked with some great people, whether it was at 5 AM where half the trailer was still half asleep, or at 5 PM when Nerf darts were flying across the trailer to keep ourselves occupied during the equestrian events. It was the Summer Games of 2012 and my summer in a nutshell.
What did I really do? Words in a blog can’t describe it.