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Oct 11, 2012 10:44 |  #16

Just a tiny bit later in her stroke, those drops are in the pool again, and not pulling focus (not the same actual stroke):

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Oct 11, 2012 17:12 |  #17

Those are great shots.


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Oct 13, 2012 07:36 |  #18

Great pictures. I really impressed with two pictures especially second one.




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Oct 13, 2012 08:23 |  #19

Thanks again. I got some nice feedback from parents finally. One family used their son's photo in a university application. It's funny how now I can see why restaurants and other service businesses are always pushing comment cards. You throw out the services, collect money, and then you hear nothing!


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Nov 11, 2012 11:05 |  #20

Awesome work!


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Nov 28, 2012 02:36 |  #21

My daughter is trying out for her HS team and probably will make the team. That being said, I was looking for some ideas and hit the search button and I would say that these were the best of the bunch that I viewed here. Well done. I do have a couple of questions though. As good as these are, with the way the swimmer is gasping for air, are the pictures normally unflattering. Especially if the swimmer is a female and very conscientious of her appearance?

Like I said, I looked through a few threads on this site and these three photos are easily the best of the bunch. What was your hit and miss with swimming photos? Similar to running, it seems the faces of the athletes are normally contorted in one way or another when captured making it difficult for that person photographed to want it as a keeper.

I think the way you took the pictures would be the best method, though during a meet I don't see that happening. Thanks for any advice and I enjoy your work.




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Nov 28, 2012 08:21 |  #22

I appreciate the compliments!

The better swimmers look better. Young kids can look like drowning victims, but if someone is good, I can get great shots of them every length they swim.

SAVE ME!

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Yeah, if you want flattery shots, do a session with some in-water poses, jumping, or shoot candids while shes bobbing in the water waiting to start backstroke, or celebrating a win.

I was worried a bit too, as the girl above is very pretty. She looks very tough in the water, and wins a lot of races. She surely has plenty of pictures of herself looking pretty, but she likes pictures of herself looking strong and skilled too.

You know how pretty Missy Franklin is in general, right (external link)?

I have gotten some fairly flattering shots too though. Breaststroke is a good opportunity:
http://waterrockets.sm​ugmug.com ...tXqx/0/XL/IMG_8977-XL.jpg (external link)

It won't happen in a race, but a smile goes a long way too... but this isn't a fast look:
IMAGE: http://waterrockets.smugmug.com/Sports/Swimming/2012-CC-Select-Swimming-Action/i-m7WDctS/0/XL/IMG_8997-XL.jpg

IMAGE: http://waterrockets.smugmug.com/Sports/Swimming/2012-CC-Select-Swimming-Action/i-M7khpbj/0/XL/IMG_9047-XL.jpg

I guess it's easier with guys, as swimming in anger looks good:

IMAGE: http://waterrockets.smugmug.com/Sports/Swimming/2012-CC-Select-Swimming-Action/i-BNsMZBK/0/XL/IMG_9215-XL.jpg

Still, being proud of strength, skill and speed, shots like this hang over beds on large canvas, even for the young ladies:
IMAGE: http://waterrockets.smugmug.com/Sports/Swimming/2012-CC-Select-Swimming-Action/i-T9g2Zvx/0/XL/IMG_1682-XL.jpg

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Nov 28, 2012 18:41 |  #23

Thanks for sharing those additional pictures, again nice work.

That makes sense about pictures of "being pretty" and now having pictures of looking skilled and strong. It's a good way to look at it. As for guys it's easy, looking angry usually works, it brings toughness and determination to that individual and sport.

Thanks again.




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