Summer, a Boy and a Diving Board

Boy Jumps off Diving Board, Austin, Texas

Jumping into Summer

At a nearby community swimming pool, my son enjoys his jump into the pool off the diving board. Also a nice place to test out my new 70-200 zoom lens. Hey, I get to take my son to the pool and take photographs–an unbeatable combination. Just in case you were wondering, I didn’t just take photographs, I also got in the pool and played with him and had a great old-time. I also brought along a new Sony TX5 point and shoot camera that is waterproof. It was great fun taking photos underwater and even taking 720p video. I’ll have to post a review on the camera after giving it more of a work out.

My Thought Process

I used my 70-200 lens because I wanted a nice shallow depth of field, where the subject is in sharp focus but the background is nicely blurred. The zoom allowed me to keep away from the pool’s edge and still get up close. I took a bunch of images of my son in the pool and on the diving board. His jumps from the diving board seemed more interesting and I did capture many mid-air jumps. However, these images were not very exciting photographically. I decided to change my point of view and shoot from the back of the diving board. I noticed the handrails of the diving board and decided to center the frame between the handrails. Then I took a bunch of frames to get the best “running” feel.

Image Details

The image was taken with a Canon 7D and Canon 70-200 f4L IS at 70mm, F4, 1/1250 seconds at ISO 200 with 0 exposure compensation. Taken as a 18MP RAW.

Post processing in Apple’s Aperture 3 program included some sharpening, warming up the color balance, increased color saturation and added some vignette. I burned (made darker) the diving board to since it was a bit bright. Finally I cropped the image to perfectly fit within the handlebars.

3 thoughts on “Summer, a Boy and a Diving Board

  1. There is an excellent sense of movement in this image from both the rails and your sons movement. It really pushes the viewer’s eye to the center and toward the action.

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