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Old Feb 10, 2007, 2:42 PM   #1
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Spent 2 1/2 days last weekend shooting swim meets (and all week processing the photos). Here are a few miscellaneous shots. C&C always welcome:
















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Old Feb 11, 2007, 8:56 AM   #2
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Nice shots John, my preference is #3 but #4 has wonderful symmetry, Kind regards Graham.
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Old Feb 11, 2007, 12:39 PM   #3
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I finally got the first one to show up, they are taking a looong time to come up.

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Old Feb 12, 2007, 6:48 AM   #4
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I'll second Graham...I like #3. Looks like you had plenty of light to work with John, did you shoot in manual?

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Old Feb 12, 2007, 11:09 PM   #5
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Very nice, John. I like #1, #2, and #6. Thanks for sharing.
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Old Feb 13, 2007, 7:35 AM   #6
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Terrific shoots! I wish I had the opportunity to go and shoot another meet. When I shot some swimming last year for high school yearbook use I really didn't get in as good a position as I see now. Your shots really show the swimmwer well.The facial expressions on the last two show the huge intake of air!

I also appreciate the time you spend here sharing your experience! It makes the learning curve much faster and shorter for many of us!Thanks for sharing your photos!

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Old Feb 13, 2007, 9:27 AM   #7
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Thanks all. I appreciate the kind words.

Trique Daddy - I always strive to get faces in my sports photos (OK not so much in football because of helmets). I primarily sell to either a small local paper or parents - both of which want recognizable athletes. Or just look in sports illustrated or local sports page - 99% of the photos it's very evident who the athlete is in the photo - with the exceptions being things like say down-hill skiing or motorcycle racing where a helmet obscures the face and the uniform may be team and not individually identifying. But I think you get my point. Every shoot I have several very sharp photos that get tossed in the garbage - simply because you can't see the faces (OK, some of the swimming ones are on my website because I was contracted for certain swimmers and you never know what photo a parent is going to buy - but I would not post those photos or supply them to the paper).

That's my take anyway. YMMV.


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Old Feb 14, 2007, 7:58 PM   #8
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You did very well John on these shots. I like the angle you shoot at and you had good enough light to freeze the action. It's good to see some other swimming shots on here. Your becoming stiff competion:!:Keep it up.
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Old Feb 15, 2007, 7:58 AM   #9
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Thanks Spy.

I must admit though - after 2 1/2 days of shooting swimming and a week of processing the photos I think I'm a bit worn-out with the whole swimming thing for now. I think there's something to be said for shooting a basketball game that's over in an hour and a half :Gvs.10 hours Saturday and 10 on Sundayat a swim meet on top of the 2 hours Friday night at aHS meet. So, I'll be spending the next couple weeks going back to the gym. It's less work :blah:
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Old Feb 15, 2007, 11:39 PM   #10
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Swim meets and wrestling tournaments are long days!

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