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taken in realy bad lighting, used flash, set sutter to 1/200 f4.5
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Very well caught, shows the intensity of concentration these swimmers undertake
The conditions for taking this shot must have been extremely challenging and you have done well. As the lights levels were low you needed to use flash which has done its job in lighting up the swimmer. Unfortunately it has also given you a lot of glare from the water, which is a bit of a distraction, and has burned out the white of the lane ropes. Usually using a polariser helps with glare from the water but I have not used one with flash, so I don't know whether it would have helped or not.
I have uploaded a mod for you. The swimmer is very much in the top half of the pic, so I have done a radical crop of the bottom part of the pic, to give you a type of letter box format. This cuts out a lot of the glare from the water and at the same time helps to focus in on the swimmer. I have also darkened the highlights to help with the glare and I have tried to correct the overexposure on the rope, but with limited success.
I'm going to comment on your picture because I also take pictures of swimmers. Firstly I would say that you've done really well to capture the swimmer with the shutter speed you had. I don't have such problems really because I live in Australia and most of the pools here are outside or really well lit with the sun blaring in.
The main issues I have with your swimmer is the composition, as CathR says there is nothing in the bottom half of the shot but the main problem is that there isn't enough space in front of the swimmer. It is a rule of composition and cropping that you have some space for the subject to appear to be moving into. I guess in the heat of the moment it isn't always easy to do.
I have also uploaded a mod to try and show what I mean, I hope it helps.
Thank you all for the input. i had to convert from Raw to Jpeg and crop 160 pictures.
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