Here is a selection of the roughly 100 images from the two and a half day meet in Jacksonville this weekend.

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I knew going to the meet that I wasn’t going to have the freedom to shoot a lot of swimming action shots, so I left my telephoto lenses at home and brought a manual focus wide-angle lens (right) and a 50mm standard lens (left)
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Madison drove me east—first to Gainesville to pick up my Smart Car, then we drove separately to Jax
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But I enjoyed the shared drive… ;-P
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Shot with my iPhone out of the window of the Smart Car somewhere between Gainesville and Jax—I thought it looked like a UFO!
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The competition venue Friday night, prior to anyone disturbing the water

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Coach Madison shows Lauren her splits after the 500 Friday night—under the intrigued gaze of Lauren’s family
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I refused to go to Starbucks, and ended up driving 20 minutes into Jax to find local coffee—at this drive up/through coffee shop

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Madison coaches, Saturday
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Karlie speaks with Coach Madison, Saturday
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A view of the swim meet…
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Pre-race stretching…game face
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Gotta get pumped up…
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Smiles are good!
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Set the camera on auto and held it all the way down level with the water in the gutter
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I thought the low angle was pretty cool!
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A moment in the life of swimmers and coaches
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Coach Meghan goes over a race with Tyler
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Swimmer “help” Coach Meghan get splits
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In-between swims
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Aaron
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Meghan
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Me, Madison, Meghan
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Madison and I went to UNF to see Jillian Dance
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Then we went to St. John’s Town Center, had dinner, wandered, AND got yummy dessert…
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Swimmers between swims…
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Post-race food
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Gator Swim Club’s Coach Dehner
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Me and Dehner
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Mary get’s stoked
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Camera shy… 😉
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A panorama of afternoon warmup today
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Mrs. Shelton before the afternoon session today
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Kate and her mother
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Frost and mom

 

All things considered, I was quite pleased with the way my shots turned out; I thought I did a good job “storytelling,” and I thought I did a good job coaching as well. And that’s the important thing. As long as I’m doing my job, kids and parents are happy, AND the photos are good…well, life’s pretty good then!

Thanks for your time.
Colin

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