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.

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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.

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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!
Best,
RCA

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