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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Indiana University Olympic medalist swimmers

Back in August, I photographed a few of Indiana University’s Olympic swimmers after they returned home from the Rio games. I had the opportunity to shoot their portraits for IU social media after a media day availability. Our social media folks were looking for standard shots of each of them holding their medals. After I got that specific shot with each swimmer, I quickly shifted and shot these portraits. I don’t believe they’ve been used before, but it’s an example of shooting something for yourself after you’ve got “the shot” at a shoot. For better or worse, I use a very similar lighting setup on most of my portraits. This setup was an attempt to break out of that. I hung an octabox directly above the subjects and lit them primarily while standing in front of a mostly-collapsed umbrella to try to mimic a ring flash look.

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Blake Pieroni

Blake Pieroni, USA

Lilly King

Lilly King, USA

Kennedy Goss

Kennedy Goss, Canada

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Indiana University Road to Rio Olympics

Last month as Indiana University swimmers and divers trained for the 2016 Rio Olympics, I had the opportunity to photograph a bit of their training in Bloomington. These photos were for “Beneath the Surface“, a special feature put together by IU Communications in partnership with IU Athletics.

Indiana University Road to Rio

Indiana University swimmer Lilly King smiles near the end of a practice on Thursday, July 7, 2016, at the Student Recreational Sports Center. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

Indiana University Road to Rio

Cody Miller, an Indiana University alumnus, trains in the pool during a practice on Thursday, July 7, 2016, at the Student Recreational Sports Center. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships

This weekend I photographed the NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships for the Drury University’s athletics department. This was my first time photographing at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis and I was pleasantly surprised by the quantity and quality of light. When I’ve photographed swimming in the past, it has always been inside of darkly-illuminated high schools. The Drury women’s team finished fourth and the men’s team finished sixth.

NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships

Drury’s Zuzanna Chwadeczko, left, sits against a wall to help discipate lactic acid in her legs before the 200-yard medley relay at the NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis. (Photo by James Brosher)

NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships

Drury’s Stanislav Kuzmin competes in the consolation final of the men’s 200-yard butterfly at the NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships on Friday, March 11, 2016, at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis. (Photo by James Brosher)

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Swimming, basketball and a streetcar named desire

After a couple slow news days at the office, I got my first real taste of what it’s like to be busy in Cheyenne tonight. I had three assignments that all overlapped meaning that I could only stay 30 to 45 minutes at the first two assignments due to drive time across town. I started off with a swimming assignment on the east side of town, drove to a basketball game on the south side and finally drove back up to the east side for a dress rehearsal of “A Streetcar Named Desire.” The theater is actually directly next to the school where the swim meet was earlier in the evening. In all, I put about 25 miles on my truck with the three evening assignments.

Central's Garrett Koehler swims in a heat for the 200 yard intermediate medley during a East-Central boy's swim meet on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, at East.

Central's Garrett Koehler swims in a heat for the 200 yard intermediate medley during a East-Central boy's swim meet on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, at East.

Cheyenne South's Jamie Andersen  (30) runs onto the court as she is introduced as a starter before a game against Wheatland on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, at South High School.

Cheyenne South's Jamie Andersen (30) runs onto the court as she is introduced as a starter before a game against Wheatland on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, at South High School.

Stanley (Mark Schaad) has a moment with his sister-in-law, Blanche (Christi Mitchell), during a dress rehearsal of "A Streetcar Named Desire" on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, at the Mary Godfrey Playhouse. The show opens Friday.

Stanley (Mark Schaad) has a moment with his sister-in-law, Blanche (Christi Mitchell), during a dress rehearsal of "A Streetcar Named Desire" on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, at the Mary Godfrey Playhouse. The show opens Friday.

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Aaron Peirsol practices at UT

My main assignment today was to photograph Aaron Peirsol, a five-time Olympic gold medalist, as he practiced at the University of Texas with the men’s swim team. Piersol is training for the upcoming U.S. Nationals and Pan Pacific Championships.

U.S. swimmer Aaron Peirsol, a five-time Olympic gold medalist, practices at the University of Texas with the men's swim team on Thursday, July 29, 2010.

U.S. swimmer Aaron Peirsol, a five-time Olympic gold medalist, practices at the University of Texas with the men's swim team on Thursday, July 29, 2010.

U.S. swimmer Aaron Peirsol, a five-time  Olympic gold medalist, practices at the University of Texas with the men's swim team on Thursday, July 29, 2010.

U.S. swimmer Aaron Peirsol, a five-time Olympic gold medalist, practices at the University of Texas with the men's swim team on Thursday, July 29, 2010.

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Monday, January 25, 2010

Councilman Classic

North swimmers chant before taking the pool against South in the Counsilman Classic on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, at IU's Royer Pool.

North swimmers chant before taking the pool against South in the Counsilman Classic on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, at IU's Royer Pool.

South's Darren Mehay grits his teeth as he races North's Scott Hoover, not pictured, to the finish in the 100-yard breaststroke during the Counsilman Classic on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, at IU's Royer Pool.

South's Darren Mehay grits his teeth as he races North's Scott Hoover, not pictured, to the finish in the 100-yard breaststroke during the Counsilman Classic on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, at IU's Royer Pool.

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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Conference Indiana swim meet

Bloomington North's Alex Nixon swims in the 200-yard intermediate medley during the Conference Indiana Swim Meet on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2010, at Bloomington South.

Bloomington North's Alex Nixon swims in the 200-yard intermediate medley during the Conference Indiana Swim Meet on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2010, at Bloomington South.

Bloomington South's Kaci Kelsey swims in the 100-yard butterfly during the Conference Indiana Swim Meet on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2010, at Bloomington South. Kelsey won the race.

Bloomington South's Kaci Kelsey swims in the 100-yard butterfly during the Conference Indiana Swim Meet on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2010, at Bloomington South. Kelsey won the race.

Bloomington North's Emma Mumper swims in the 500-yard freestyle during the Conference Indiana Swim Meet on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2010, at Bloomington South. Mumper finished second in the race.

Bloomington North's Emma Mumper swims in the 500-yard freestyle during the Conference Indiana Swim Meet on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2010, at Bloomington South. Mumper finished second in the race.

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