Aquadillos vs. Sting Rays

Georgetown Aquadillos vs. Forest North Sting Rays

Last weekend, the Georgetown Aquadillos went up against the Forest North Sting Rays in their third dual meet of the season. The kids did a wonderful job against a much bigger team and had a blast swimming their hearts out. If you’ve ever tried to take pictures in a natatorium before, you know the challenges an indoor pool presents. Shooting during a swim meet compounds those challenges as there are 25 timers, a myriad of coaches, several parents, a few judges and officials and various friends crowded onto the pool deck, all craning for the best view of the swimmers at the pool edge. It was fun– and EXHAUSTING! I forget how many ups and downs (like squats) I do when I am shooting something like this!

Over the past few years, I’ve concentrated more on the portraiture aspect of photography, and worked less in the photojournalistic side. I forgot how much fun it is to be in the center of the action as an invisible observer rather than the director of activity and cajoler of smiles. In photojournalism, you get what you can get–there are no do-overs, and if you’re lucky enough (and on top of it enough) to be in the right place at the right time, you can strike gold. In a swim meet with hundreds of swimmers– at an indoor pool where it’s actually hotter inside than outside– keeping your head in the game (or in the meet!) is more challenging than it appears on the surface, so capturing the gold is a bit more elusive. But I was excited for the challenge, and I look forward to the next time I shoot a meet!


About juliephelpsphotography

To take photographs means to recognize -- simultaneously and within a fraction of a second -- both the fact itself and the rigorous organization of visually perceived forms that give it meaning. It is putting one's head, one's eye and one's heart on the same axis. - Henri Cartier-Bresson View all posts by juliephelpsphotography

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