And than, Michael Phelps. The world's most decorated Olympic swimmer of all times. 22 medals in Olympic Games alone. Photographing Michael Phelps was just a wonderful experience. He works as he swims: precise ( of course ), fast ( of course again ) and totally focused ( of course ! ). When he asked me how many times I want him to swim each stroke, I answered: uhmmm, four times ?
He delivered exactly four times each and every single move was precision. No correction at all needed ( yeah, as if I can make him swim even more elegant ) and I had to nail it in exact this time. No repetition. Although I love the underwater shots, my favorite photograph of him in action is the side view of his breast stroke. I pictured this exact image just before I fell asleep the night before the photo shoot. Backlit, with 8 HMI 2.5 k Film lights. It was very hard to capture the exact moment when he is out of the water and his hands are neither to far or to close to his body during action. Al this in the exact spot where the light was just brilliant. No repetition needed.