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Backstroke Streamline



Shot right before the swimmer entered her complete streamline position. This was actually her 3rd time doing this just for the shot. The first shot was to obser...
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Shot right before the swimmer entered her complete streamline position. This was actually her 3rd time doing this just for the shot. The first shot was to observe what her position would be like, the second was for myself to compose the shot, and third was to finally take the shot.
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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in my school's swimming pool in New Cairo, Egypt.
Time
This shot was taken afterschool at around 4pm. I remember my swim teacher asking me to come afterschool to photograph the swim team. The sun was slowly setting but that is the time when the light is still harsh, luckily a cool breeze of wind blew.
Lighting
I wanted the viewer's focus on the swimmer so what I did was create a vignette around the sides and boost the contrast along with the clarity. The natural light that was used made it easier for me to capture the right moment due to high shutter speed.
Equipment
This shot was taken with my Canon 5d Mark III with a Canon 24-70 F2.8 II. I did not use any flash or tripod to capture this shot due to the harsh lighting in Egypt.
Inspiration
What inspired me to take this photo was the ability to represent myself and my school's first swim team around Egypt.
Editing
For this particular photo, I did add some post-processing. Before I started editing, I was looking through some sport photos online just to get an idea of how I can make the shot better. After getting some ideas, I started editing in Lightroom. I turned up the contrast and clarity to about 60 just to get a punchy look. Due to the harsh light in Egypt, I had to turn down the highlights almost all the way so that the viewers can identify what is going on in the photograph. I added some vignette around the sides just to make it more dramatic and using the brush tool, I slightly made the swimmer's face brighter. Then I was debating with my self, "should I keep it in color or make it a black and white photo?" but at the end I chose black and white.
In my camera bag
What I carry in my bag actually depends on what I'm shooting. When I'm on the streets, documenting another person's life, or traveling, I normally carry a Canon 5d Mark III with a Canon 24-70 F2.8 II, battery charger, flashlight, school ID card, remote, and sometimes a Canon 100D with a Sigma 18-300. When I'm at a sporting event, I always carry an external flash, Canon 5D Mark III with Canon 24-70 F2.8 and Canon 100D with Sigma 18-300, extra battery, water, USB cables, ID card, and my IPad.
Feedback
My advice for photographers wanting to shoot something similar is always anticipate the moment, try not to gun the frames, always remember the rule of thirds and symmetry, shoot at around F3.2 or higher. Photographing swimming is sometimes not expecting because the swimmer might not break the surface at the moment you predict and the swimmer might turn away from the camera when they breath. Especially during start offs, you always have to be ready. If you remember to think about symmetry and rule of thirds, it really helps the photograph look better and in a way more creative.

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