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August 10, 2008 11:57 PM

Olympics: Phelps Wasn't the Only One in the Pool

Posted by Rod Mar

Here's a couple of shots from this morning's swim session that was dominated by Michael Phelps and the incredible come-from-behind swim he and the relay team used to win the gold medal and set a world record.

Kozuki Kitajima of Japan celebrates after he defended his gold from Athens, swimming 58.9 In the men's 100 breaststroke and setting a world record:



(Nikon D3, VR 400mm/f2.8 lens + 1.4x teleconverter = 550mm, ISO 2000, 1/1000th sec.,f4.0)

Megan Jendrick, who won gold in Sydney at the age of 16 but narrowly missed making the team in 2004, qualified for the finals in the 100 meter breast stroke. Columnist Steve Kelley writes about Jendrick today.



(Nikon D3, VR 400mm/f2.8 lens + 1.4x teleconverter = 550mm, ISO 2000, 1/1000th sec.,f4.0)

American Katie Hoff shows her disappointment at being out-touched at the wall by Rebecca Adlington of Great Britain in the women's 400 free, just missing out on a gold medal.



(Nikon D3, VR 400mm/f2.8 lens + 1.4x teleconverter = 550mm, ISO 2000, 1/1000th sec.,f4.0)

American Cullen Jones heads for the water in the third leg of USA's historic 4x100 freestyle relay swim. You can see photos of that incredible swim (I didn't say the incredible pictures, notice), here.



(Nikon D3, VR 400mm/f2.8 lens + 1.4x teleconverter = 550mm, ISO 2000, 1/1000th sec.,f4.0)

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Posted by Hadari

10:00 AM, Aug 11, 2008

We all know that you are busy taking those great photos.
I read in your blog that you are going to take both Canon and Nikon. I am very curious to know why you prefer to use the Nikon 400 with 1.4X while you can use the 1d mark III that alredy has the 1.3x with the own sensor?
Thank you

Posted by FHS 66

10:41 AM, Aug 15, 2008

I see a couple Pulitzer candidates there Rod - great work!

Posted by Thierry S

5:17 PM, Aug 15, 2008

First I'd like to thank you for sharing your Olympic experience, I really enjoy reading it!

Backgrounds can add some interesting or funny unexpected twists to a picture : Your last shot reveals how the US relay team launched its "torpedos" ;)

Excellent catch!!!

T.

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