Spend the last weekend at the International Swim Meeting 2017 – shooting a swim event. Pretty complex conditions but some nice shots are now online here:
The challenge clearly is A. to get the timing right (varies with the different swim styles/techniques), B. to be at the right position for the different styles, and C. get all the participants covered ;).
At the ISM C. is clearly impossible (there are just too many participants), timing works ok when you practice and/or when you can fire away with a speedy camera (but 9fps are not enough … ), B is difficult especially with the 50m and 100m competitions – there is basically not enough time with 50-100m runs. Freestyle seems to be the most challenging – its difficult to plan where the athletes take their breath – its a hit and miss – it feels as if you are always on the wrong side of the pool.
Some other issues come together here. The venue is very warm, and humidity is very high, its difficult to keep track where you are in the overall event program when you fully dive into shooting specific situations.
Some shots from different approaches that I tried: