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BrunoHeeb September 26, 2018
Absolutely amazing shot
 
mhm_1943 Jan 31
awesome
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ellenellen Feb 18
Great shot!
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cgd2011 Feb 19
Great Shot!
 
DNproSTUDIO Mar 27
good photo when this person jumps into the pool
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philipdrispin May 04
Great Shot

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Unique perspective of the California High School Diving Championships. Shot from the 10 meter platform looking down on the divers...
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Unique perspective of the California High School Diving Championships. Shot from the 10 meter platform looking down on the divers
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Location
The image was taken at the California High School Swim and Dive Championships in Central California. I chose to shoot from the 10 meter platform to get a more visually compelling point of view.
Time
The image was shot mid-morning during warm-ups for the girls 1 meter diving competition.
Lighting
The sun had already been up for several hours and I knew I wanted to shoot from this perspective before much more time passed. The glare on the water created sparkle on the water at enhanced the translucent quality of the water. I distinctly noticed the lines on the bottom of the pool and liked the way they added a geometric strength to the composition. The direction of the light did a goo job of revealing the 3-dimensional and textural quality of the diver and board.
Equipment
I used a Canon EOS-1DX with a Canon 24-70mm f-2.8 lens. The lens was set at 50mm and the exposure mode was manual. The shutter speed was 1/1250sec. and the aperture was f-7.1. The ISO was 200. I chose ISO 200 to get a little more depth of field and pre-focused on the top of the divers head prior to initiating the dive.
Inspiration
I was on assignment to cover the event, but wanted a more unique and compelling point of view for some of the shots. I talked with the event organizers and got permission to go up the 10-meter platform to shoot down on the divers. Not wanting to distract the divers during competition, I shot from there during warm-ups. I deliberately chose someone doing a back dive in the pike position so the face could be easily seen at the peak of the dive.
Editing
This image used only a small amount of post-processing. I typically use Adobe Lightroom to vignette, sharpen, noise reduction, contrast, etc. Additionally, on this image I lightened the exposure on the face because it was in shadows during the shot.
In my camera bag
I carry Canon equipment in my bag. My camera bodies are a Canon EOS-1DX and Canon EOS-7D. My 6 lenses are all Canon and range from 8mm to 400mm and a 1.4x teleconverter. I do also carry a couple Canon Speedlights, but only use them on rare occasions because I want to maximize natural light shooting.
Feedback
Always look for unusual and unique points of view. When shooting events like this, look for more than just the action moments...there is great human interest opportunities that make for outstanding photo opportunities.

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