On my first visit to the Olympic park in late July I wasn’t able to procure a ticket to go up The Orbit. Nevertheless, I had a great day out and took some lovely pictures (as seen in a previous post – London 2012 ‘Olympomania’)
I studied the website selling tickets for the Paralympics for days and finally tickets became available to get into The Orbit…so I was on my way back to Stratford! On my first visit, the weather was perfect for photography – a superb blue sky with very interesting clouds. This time it was a gloriously sunny day, but with no clouds – only a yellowish, smoggy haze over the city of London!
Here’s an early morning shot taken just after I’d collected my Orbit ticket and before the crowds had built up. As I had a couple of hours to kill before my slot to ascend I wanted to get some shots that I’d failed to take on my previous visit and also to try some repeat photos.
This was the view heading back into the sun. I’d wanted to get a shot that included the psychedelic floor and the Olympic Stadium. You can also see the yellowish haze just above the horizon in the distance.
And finally…the view from The Orbit! The Paralympics were in full swing in the Olympic Stadium and throughout the day you could hear the cheers coming from there. It had been well worth the wait to get up The Orbit as the views were stunning. These are just a couple of the many photos I took while up there.
No article about the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games would be complete without a mention for the Gamesmakers who were endlessly helpful and always cheerful…even when they were telling me off for going towards the stadium even though I didn’t have a ticket. The Gamesmaker on the right had resorted to his megaphone to call me back, but when I explained that I was just taking pictures he let me carry on!