Artistic Swimmer

An Artistic Swimmer relaxing after a hard training session. I rotated it 90 degrees for a surreal look, as if she was emerging from another dimension....
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An Artistic Swimmer relaxing after a hard training session. I rotated it 90 degrees for a surreal look, as if she was emerging from another dimension.
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This photo was taken at a friends indoor swimming pool. My partner is a synchronised swimmer and competes in events all over the world and I go along to training sessions to help out. This was the last session before competing in the European Masters Championships in Slovenia. I took my camera along because I wanted some action shots and to try out a new lens. At the end of the training she was a little tired and was just floating on her back relaxing when I took this photo.
It was taken early afternoon on a bright sunny day with beautiful light from the glass roof casting wonderful shadows and light on water.
Indoor pools at events can sometimes be quite poor and synchronised swimming needs a fast shutter speed, but this pool as a glass roof and the light is very good. I like the way the suns rays cast the light on the water so it is good for photography. There is no need for flash it is not allowed at events anyway.
I was using a Nikon D3s which I think is the best for low light fast action, usual settings for synchronised swimming are Aperture as wide as possible in this case F2.8 and shutter speed 1600 or more and Auto ISO because the swimmer moves around the pool from bright light to shadow. The lens is my all time favourite which covers everything from fast action to landscapes and portrait, a Nikon 80-200 f2.8. I shot in manual.
It was an unplanned photo as I was after some action shots, but did not really get the ones I wanted. At the end of the session she was just floating looking up at the roof relaxing and I had a moment of inspiration and thought a close up portrait could look good so I laid down low with the camera at ground level and zoomed in close and got the shot.
I shoot in RAW so always do a bit of processing in Lightroom, I always try to get it right in camera and do as little post processing as possible. I was playing around with the photo and rotated it 90 degrees and it took on a completely different look. I desaturated it slightly to give a more surreal look as if she was emerging from another dimension. The wide aperture blurred the water in the background nicely and I was very pleased with the result.
In my camera bag
I have a Nikon D3s and two lenses, the Nikon 80-200 f2.8 and the Nikon 200-500 f5.6 which covers pretty much all my photography as I am mainly interested in sport and Nature. I never use flash so that's pretty much all my equipment.
Just keep taking photos as sometimes an unexpected opportunity arises and you can get inspired and end up with a great shot that you never planned.

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