Photographing Competitive Swimming

Discussion in 'Sports' started by dcheung, Jan 20, 2007.

  1. Hi, I'm going to be photographing some competitive swimming. I've had very
    little experience photographing swimming, but have experience with other indoor

    For people that photograph competitive swimming, I'm wondering what lenses do
    you perfer to use. (indoor pool) Also, what are some of your favorite shooting
    locations and favorite shots?
  2. 70-200 f2.8 works well. I don't normaly use filters but do use one with swimming event. The better the swimmer, the bigger splash they made.
  3. From the Sports forum:
  4. wow, I didn't even know there was a sports forum. I don't see it in the forums drop down menu. Never thought to look under all forums. Thanks Mark.
  5. It was 10 years ago when my sons were swimming. At the time I was using a 200mm f/4 lens on a Topcon Auto 100 with a Vivitar 283 flash with Royal Gold 1000 film. This combination was fast enough to shoot flash pictures about 80 feet away. The Auto 100 had a leaf shutter that would sync with a flash at 1/500 sec eliminating the ghost image.

    If I was going today I would take my Nikon D200 with the 70-300 lens and the same Vivitar flash. The lens is not as fast at the f/4 Topcor, but the D200 goes up to 1600 ISO. The D200 will sync at 1/250 which will eliminate most of hte ghost image.

    My favorite locations were directly to teh side of the starting blocks and at teh end of the lane so I could shoot head on shots for breast stroke and butterfly. With many meets this will not be an option unless you have permission.

    The attached picture shows a "big-for-his age" six year old demonstrating what not to do on the start.
  6. Sorry, here;s the picture:
  7. For available light, using a fast lens like an 85 f1.4 wide open would also work, either along side of pool or at end. This way, you don't interfere with the start mechanism.

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