… or die trying. 7.30pm and Real Madrid CF enters the pitch to start training. Two targets are on my mind, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, most iconic Madrid players nowadays. So I decide to begin upstairs, at the media tribune, to have some different pictures from above, and then go downstairs to the pitch side to shoot some head shots and portraits with a blurry background. In this kind of training session we look for some different and interesting pictures telling the story happening, or showing ‘messages’ about the upcoming event. Looking for that purpose I saw one of the billboards dressing the stadium just in my ‘line of fire’, just behind the players practicing with the ball. I wanted to compose a picture showing how the teammates were just in front of such a chance to win a UEFA Champions League but maybe there were some of them they couldn’t even imagine themselves on that situation, leaving the cup on their backs. So, the result of the thought was that:
Once I had covered main players pictures, from different angles, and a few more images were composed, I started looking for group pictures, head coach Carlo Ancelotti and team’s staff, like the former Champions League winner french player Zinedine Zidane. A few more moments to have curious photos of the fans at the stands and time to go to the photographers room to start editing, captioning and sending images. And once I arrived to the media area, I heard my colleague Pablo had his photo equipment stolen from his hotel room. Almost 26.000 euros in photo gear. Creepy! A word has to be told about Canon Professional Services. The great Canon guys from Portugal lent him a whole photography kit to let him cover both Final days. Bravo Canon! So, with an eye on our equipment – UEFA security measures and accesses to the stadium are high but we never know – Ivan and me finished our first day at Estadio da Luz. I drove him to his apartment and I went straight to my place, a cool-cozy-great-popular flat in Madragoa neighborhood with amazing views to the Tejo – Lisboa river -. Sleep and rest time arrived. A great Spanish Final were waiting the day after.