How do photographers get those breathtaking underwater shots of swimmers? It takes $30,000 worth of equipment, a Scuba certification and lots of patience.
Photographers for wire services and magazines set up a photographic reef in the bottom of the London Aquatics Centre to take photos from below. They result in some of the most memorable pictures of the Olympics.
[ Photos: Best underwater shots from London ]
Preparation is everything. Each camera has to be set up to focus on a specific race, or perhaps two lanes where a close finish is expected. Sometimes a camera will wait all day for a specific swimmer to splash into frame.
They use a handheld trigger to operate the shutter. It's connected, via cable, to the camera at the bottom of the pool. Now that cameras are all digital, almost as soon as they are taken, the images can be viewed on a laptop.
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