As a swim coach, we often put flippers on young swimmers: they improve speed and body position, and are pretty universally considered an excellent training aid.

As a byproduct of improved body position, the occasionally result in kids’ strokes being temporarily altered.

As was the case here.

With fins on, Mia was able to achieve a much higher position of attack in the water on breaststroke, and was able to fully recover her hands/arms out of the water, making for what I believe is a much more photogenic stroke. (Morgan Ayers is an excellent example of an older swimmer who does this normally).

I thought Mia’s stroke looked a bit goofy and obviously abnormal, but also a little cool, so I grabbed my iPhone 7 and snapped some images with burst mode as she came into the wall, which I promptly selected the most interesting of and edited it on my phone.

iPhone 7

However, I remembered that I had my “real” camera equipment in my bag right behind me, and so on an easy, goof-off swim, I asked Mia to put her fins back on and try and replicated the stroke.

Nikon D4

Two very different images. Nonetheless an interesting example of perspective, lens distortion, and sensor size.

Thanks for taking the time for this quick read!

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