NCAA Qualifiers in West Lafayette

Yesterday I went down to campus to watch some NCAA Diving at the Purdue Aquatic Center. The NCAA Zone C Diving Championships are in town for three days this weekend. Yesterday I watched the men dive from 3 meters and the women diving from 1 meter. As of this writing the Purdue men had sent two divers forward to the championships in Atlanta. Mary Beth Dunnichay will join them in Atlanta as well. Day one of the diving events was a good one for Purdue. They still have two days to go to qualify for the NCAA Tournament. One other diver was 1 point shy of advancing as well.

Trying Something Different

For most of the time at the pool yesterday I was trying things out. After photographing some diving a couple of weeks ago I knew that I wanted to try some new angles. I also had some ideas for some different photos that were a low percentage of working. When you are shooting for someone you really can’t try those. When it was just for me yesterday I could have some fun, and try some things that I normally would not have. I had a feeling that some slow shutter speeds would work very well. I think that they would work the best on the platform diving, but I will be out of town when that is contested. I decided to give it a try on the 3 meter and 1 meter diving. I also tried some multi-exposures, but the background was not dark enough for it to really work. I really tried to make it work, but it was just not happening. Maybe this could work in a controlled setting sometime.

Bonus Photos

Below are a few other photos from the day that I liked. I did not stay long, but I was able to make some photos that I liked in the short time that I was there. I would love to shoot more swimming this year, but I don’t think that I will be able to shoot the NCAA Championships.














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About Pinola Photo

I am a sports and lifestyle photographer based in West Lafayette, IN home of Purdue University. I cover sports for Big Ten teams as well as other colleges. You can follow me on twitter @pinolaphoto. You can also view my website at www.davewegielphoto.net

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