Last weekend was the MN Special Olympics 2011 Area 12 Swim Meet but I haven't had a a chance to post pictures until now. I have a lot of pictures. Ready for the overload?
Let me first say a couple of things about photographing a swim meet. 1) It is THE worst lighting possible. High and flourescent, with an odd blue or green glow from the water. I pray for blue. 2) They are fast-action shots which means you need to have a high shutter speed, which does not work well with poor lighting. 3) You're VERY far away from the fast action so a good zoom lens is a must. 4) I have no clue what I'm doing.
Really, the person best qualified to do this would be a National Geographic photographer who shoots lions bringing down a zebra in the middle of the night.
That said, my shots are only mediocre at best. The start of the races is about 45-50 feet away, and the finish line is about 90 feet away from me. In bad lighting. Moving fast. Just say'in!
Just got staged for her first race. She's pumped!
And found mom in the stands.
Just in case you didn't know it Mom, I ROCK!
Here's the group she's swimming with. Seeing her in groups like this reminds me of how small she is. Angela is very small! Now, she might not be competing against all these people, but all the lanes are used to get as many divisions done as possible. The other girl in the black suit is Angela's friend who is one year younger than Angela, but she is a MUCH faster swimmer and in a different division. Still, they swim at the same time.
Getting into the water. Never mind mom told her to use the ladder because she ALWAYS gets scraped up getting in this way. This time was no different and she was black and blue by the end of the day.
Goggles On? CHECK!
Where'd my mom go?
Swimmers take your mark!
GO! This is Angela's butterfly. It's the first year she's swam this event, and she needs A LOT of work before I'll let her swim it again next year.
Angela is always her own best cheerleader! Everyone cheers with her because you can't not. LOL
Hi mom! Gonna swim my backstroke now!
She looks like she's chalking up her hands. That's gymnastics Angela.
WHOOOOOOOOOO!!! I am DONE!!!! WHooooooooooo!