Getty photographer Francois Nel on shooting soccer at the Olympics

Whats the story behind a few of your favorite images?
One was an image of Adriana Leon of Team Canada and Julie Ertz of Team USA throughout the Womens semifinal match. This was an essential match for both groups as it determined who would move onto the gold medal game, in which Canada pulled out the win in the end. At this minute, I decided to take a chance and focus on the Canadian gamers, hoping they would run past the Swedish gamers to show festivity and dejection all in the very same image.
For the guyss tournament, I really enjoy this picture of Ragnar Ache of Team Germany. Germany had a tough match against Saudi Arabia, and it was not going their way. When Ache scored his sides second objective, I was hoping he would run towards my position to get his reaction, but he didnt. I chose to remain concentrated on Ache as he all of a sudden changed his instructions and ran towards me commemorating the objective, making for an unique event photo with this gesture. Another great minute was of Dani Alves of Team Brazil during the Mens Football Competition Medal Ceremony. I knew if Brazil won there would be a huge celebration and unique moments with the players and their medals after the ceremony. I positioned myself closer to the Brazilian group professional photographer as I knew the gamers would move and acknowledge towards him. This opened up more photo chances to show the event in a more enjoyable, relaxed method.

Getty professional photographer Francois Nel talked with FanSided about the challenges, highs, lows and most renowned sports images from this years Olympic soccer occasions.
The Olympics constantly create a slew of renowned sports pictures and this year, Getty Images helped us round up the very best. Were also talking with particular Getty professional photographers about the difficulties of the sports they covered and a few of their preferred minutes and photos. Here, Francois Nel spoke about shooting Olympic soccer.

What makes photographing soccer various, tough, or interesting at the Olympics?
The weather in Tokyo was extremely hot with high humidity. The gamers absolutely felt it and it was tough to work in for the photographers. I am based in Dubai and I believed I knew what to expect when working in heat, but this was right up there as some of the harder conditions that Ive ever worked in. The matches happened primarily in the later afternoon and during the night, but it still felt you couldnt escape the heat and humidity.
With no crowds, it was a bit more challenging for the gamers and even us professional photographers. Fans especially raise the strength and speed of the video game, as well as the methods in which gamers commemorate essential minutes. In spite of the absence of fans this year, the gamers brought the very same quantity of flair and strength to the competitors and you couldnt help however smile at the sense of pride they had playing for their countries.

YOKOHAMA, JAPAN– JULY 25: Ragnar Ache # 6 of Team Germany commemorates after scoring their sides 2nd goal during the Mens First Round Group D match between Saudi Arabia and Germany on day two of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at International Stadium Yokohama on July 25, 2021 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images).

Whats your favorite part of photographing athletes and the Olympics?
This was by far one of the most distinct experiences I have actually had as a professional photographer. It came with a lot of challenges– from the heat and getting around Tokyo to various places to staying safe and respecting and following the covid procedures and local rules.

Were likewise talking with specific Getty professional photographers about the obstacles of the sports they covered and some of their preferred minutes and photos. With no crowds, it was a bit more difficult for the players and even us professional photographers. One was an image of Adriana Leon of Team Canada and Julie Ertz of Team USA during the Womens semifinal match. At this minute, I chose to take an opportunity and focus on the Canadian gamers, hoping they would run past the Swedish gamers to reveal jubilation and dejection all in the exact same image.
I placed myself closer to the Brazilian group professional photographer as I understood the players would acknowledge and move towards him.

KASHIMA, JAPAN– AUGUST 02: Adriana Leon # 9 of Team Canada is challenged by Julie Ertz # 8 of Team United States throughout the Womens Semi-Final match in between USA and Canada on day 10 of the Tokyo Olympic Games at Kashima Stadium on August 02, 2021 in Kashima, Ibaraki, Japan. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images).