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Old Feb 13, 2011, 8:49 PM   #1
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Attended another swim meet for the club. It was a busy 2 full days of shooting and getting wet!

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Old Feb 13, 2011, 8:50 PM   #2
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my god. these are terrific. I especially love #7.
It's amazing me how each of your photos tell a story which just brings so much depth to all of the captures. I hope to be able to achieve this one day with my photos.
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Thank you Eric! Hope turns to reality the more you practice :0)
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Old Feb 15, 2011, 5:24 AM   #5
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Hi Kevin, some great images again with my personal pick being :-
#1 love the fluidity!
#5 would personally crop to just after the fingers to the L?

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#1 lovely! (could you clone out the no1 sticker you think?) &
#2 great vision but IMHO I'd have included his full hand?
Some of these really make me want to try Swimming pics out! (i'm under no illusion it's harder than it looks)
Thanks. Kind regards Graham.
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Just spectacular picks.
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Old Feb 15, 2011, 3:52 PM   #7
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this is going to be a stupid question spy, but how do you make these photos look so good? Im sure that if i were there and took the same pictures, they wouldnt look anywhere near as good as yours. Would you say it was the lighting, the PP, the camera settings, the angles?
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Old Feb 15, 2011, 9:51 PM   #8
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Thanks Graham, Ordo and Eric for commenting!

Eric, yes, a major element is the lighting, camera settings which will give deep rich tones to the darker spectrum, ISO's to give plenty of support to the highlights. Angles are very important. I often will see some interaction going on but will be in the wrong place and will have to move to capture it. Each plays a very important and essential part....a means to an end... and with just one of these elements missing would produce much different results.

If I had a choice to protect only one element in my photographs it would be lighting where it's needed. I'm not meaning 'everything bright'. It also includes shadows with balanced highlights around the subject.

Luck, timing, anticipation and patients also play a part when shooting action shoots when everything is a blur and you can only hope you got the shot. I take bad shots too, I mean, who doesn't!?, but I know when I picked up the camera 8 years ago and started shooting swimming sports, a 2 day swim meet would gross 1200 photos shot/500 throw-aways and maybe 10 good shots would go up on the club website.

Now, I'll shoot 500 photos in a 2 day meet, 5 to 10 throw-aways and up to 75 good photos posted on the club site.

Thanks again for your question.
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Spy - these are awesome - thanks
Studying great pictures totally makes you think about the key elements that will take an ordinary picture to the next level.

Favorites are Pictures #5 and #7

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In #7 - do you recall what settings (ball park) you used to get everything behind in black?

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kevin, stunning as usual, you have a style all your own even with sports. i really love the format and intensity of #7, and i just love the perspective of #8.

super work here (as expected)
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