Of the four main swimming strokes, you find that some are easier to shoot than others.
Above water, you "see" some of the butterfly and breast stroke. You can see the body gliding though the water on the freestyle. But, it's the backstroke that you see most off, in fact almost all of, from atop the pool.
But going under the water changes that. You now see faces, hand and feet movement. You see the driving force of power and intensity of all the strokes except one.
It took me awhile to figure out how to photograph this stroke from under the water's surface. Truth be told, I still don't know how to get it quite right from underwater when outside in the bright daylight.
But inside, this stroke from the underwater view can become magical.
In fact, it some extent it becomes a silhouette - a body on the surface, with an outstretched arm pulling through the pool, lit by a single light pretending to be the sun from above the swimmer.
By shooting at the pool's wall, that light source reflects off the wall, giving a soft fill to the backside of the swimmer, providing a glimpse of detail without being equally lit.
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