Race to the Finish

© Susan L. Vasquez

Race to the Finish

Terrill Province 7/23/2005 11:36:37 AM

OMG! This is so good you could work for Sports Illustrated!!! So...how much time do you spend at the pool? I'm so happy you've found a way to be productive while you wait. #282804

Susan L. Vasquez 7/23/2005 4:23:58 PM

I spend lots of time at the pool. Amber swam on the summer team this year, just finished her season. She'll be joining the year around team now. Thanks so much Terrill! #1628393

Lesley Brown 7/23/2005 8:44:20 PM

nice shot!! #1629619

Tony Gough 7/24/2005 8:18:32 AM

Nice action pic Susan, keep up the good work. #1631000

Susan L. Vasquez 7/24/2005 9:30:19 AM

Thanks so much Lesley & Tony :)
My daughter's swim team just won their championship meet! Amber did awesome, placing 3rd on the IM, 4th on the butterfly, 5th on the medley relay, and 1st on the freestyle relay! #1631242

Nobu Nagase 7/24/2005 3:05:05 PM

Photo finish???
I like this one, too.
Great shot!!! #1632263

Susan L. Vasquez 7/24/2005 7:50:06 PM

Thank you Nobi! #1633348

Jay Soldner 7/25/2005 4:09:07 PM

Susan, your swimming photos are nice, I really like this one. So you're pleased with the new dslr I take it??

I am assuming these swim shots are at an outdoor pool in the early morning or evening - The soft and low light is so pleasing.

Nice work.
J #1637891

Susan L. Vasquez 7/25/2005 8:23:43 PM

Thanks Jay :) Yes I am LOVING my new camera, what a difference it is making so quickly! You are correct in your assumption as well, Amber's practices took place early in the morning. She's all finished for the summer, so now we are looking to put her on the year around team here.
Their team won their championship meet. Amber was awesome! She placed 3rd on the IM (missed 1st by only 1 sec!), 4th on butterfly, 5th on the medley relay, and 1st on the freestyle relay. It is an incredible accomplishment for her since she has only been swimming for less than a year! We are so proud of her!! #1638584

Amanda Price 7/25/2005 9:56:41 PM

This is great! Wonderful colour and super lighting! Super action shot!

Thanks for your comment on Solitaire2! I was in the process of uploading several options to see what they would look like on BP and I decided I liked another one better, so the one you commented on is no more! But I appreciate your immediate feedback. haha! #1638688

Susan L. Vasquez 7/26/2005 9:25:43 AM

Thanks Amanda...I'll go take a peek at the shots you kept now :) #1640817

Christopher A. Vedros 7/26/2005 9:53:35 AM

Susan, looks like you've definitely gotten a grip on the swimming photos. This is a really great shot.

Chris #1640909

Susan L. Vasquez 7/26/2005 10:13:15 AM

Thanks again Chris, this has become my favorite shot of Amber in the water. #1640975

Daniel Diaz 7/31/2005 8:25:28 AM

This is one of the best swimming shots I've ever seen!! Amazing shot Susan!! #1659153

Kerby Pfrangle 7/31/2005 8:26:47 AM


Wonderful swimming image.

Lots of action and super job.

Kerby #1659156

Susan L. Vasquez 7/31/2005 10:47:33 AM

Thank you Daniel and Kerby :) #1659450

anonymous 8/2/2005 4:20:51 PM

Susan, thanks for all your nice comments on my photos. I thought I would come in and check yours out too! Wow this is a stunning image. Love the saturated colours. #1668935

Jay Patel 8/3/2005 3:24:42 AM

The position of the swimmer form a diagnoal line and their placement of the center makes for an excellent composition. The exposure is right on and the focus on Amber is perfect. Overall an excellent shot. #1670393

Susan L. Vasquez 8/3/2005 10:02:22 AM

Thanks so much Natalie and Jay. It is so hard to try and keep up with everyone here but I try! #1672203

Rachel Scott-Renouf 8/4/2005 2:42:31 PM

Excellent photo Susan! #1677610

Susan L. Vasquez 8/4/2005 8:24:17 PM

Thank you Rachel! #1678627

Kirsi Bertolini 8/7/2005 11:31:09 AM

Color and emotions and action and composition are so so great on this one Susan! I like that blue on the water! #1688196

Susan L. Vasquez 8/7/2005 8:05:22 PM

Thanks so much Kirsi! #1689682

Sandy Landon 8/20/2005 2:07:47 PM

Congratulations on this wonderful image!!! #1739979

Rakesh Syal 8/20/2005 2:19:33 PM

Congratulations!!! Susan! #1740099

Jill Flynn 8/20/2005 2:43:42 PM

Congratulations on this outstanding finalist Susan! #1740407

Anita Taylor 8/20/2005 3:32:32 PM

Awesome capture, Susan! Congrats on making finalist! #1741100

Terrill Province 8/20/2005 3:33:15 PM

Hooray!!! Hey, you're pretty good with that new camera, huh???

Congratulations, Susan! #1741108

Olivia Navarro 8/20/2005 4:22:54 PM

Yaaaay Susan!!!!!! I'm so glad that one of the shots in this series earned a badge!!! They were all totally awesome!!! Congratulations! #1741711

Melissa L. Zavadil 8/20/2005 4:45:45 PM

Incredible stop action shot here!! Great capture!! Congrats on the finalist!! #1741895

Nobu Nagase 8/20/2005 5:12:36 PM

Way to go, Susan!!!
Congratulations on your finalist for this great capture!!! #1742171

Nobu Nagase 8/20/2005 5:13:34 PM

Way to go, Susan!!!
Congratulations on your finalist for this great capture!!! #1742179

Kara L. Hendricks 8/20/2005 5:45:44 PM

Congrats to you!!! Best of luck with this awesome shot!! #1742455

Kerby Pfrangle 8/20/2005 6:23:49 PM

Susan congrats on your finalist best of luck in the next round.

Kerby #1742766

Susan L. Vasquez 8/20/2005 7:05:15 PM

Thanks so much all my friends! Good luck to everyone in the next round! #1743009

Rachel Scott-Renouf 8/21/2005 2:54:55 AM

Congratulations Susan! love this pic #1744376

Jim Kinnunen 8/21/2005 8:56:48 AM

What a super action capture, Susan...Congratulations!!!!! #1746008

Susan L. Vasquez 8/21/2005 9:00:49 AM

Thank you Rachel & Jim :) #1746039

Cathy Barrows 8/21/2005 10:39:08 AM

Congrats on your finalist...this is awesome #1746541

Susan L. Vasquez 8/21/2005 11:25:04 AM

Thanks Cathy :) #1746680

Alisha L. Ekstrom 8/21/2005 2:05:17 PM

YIPPEEE SKIPPY for your Susan...CONGRATS on this wonderful FINALIST!!! GOOD LUCK:):) #1747332

Susan L. Vasquez 8/21/2005 4:18:43 PM

Thanks so much Alisha! #1747824

Janet L. Skinner 8/21/2005 4:42:22 PM

This is excellent, Susan!!! Congrats and good luck going on!! #1747856

Susan L. Vasquez 8/21/2005 5:26:19 PM

Thank you Janet. #1747955

Damian P. Gadal 8/22/2005 10:10:59 AM

Great catch - Congrats! #1751176

Alisha L. Ekstrom 8/22/2005 11:18:41 PM

YIPPEEE SKIPPY for you my friend!!! CONGRATS on your SECOND PLACE WIN!!! HOORRAYYY for you!!!:):) #1754074

Jenny Bosmans 8/23/2005 1:48:05 AM

Wongratulations on your beautiful win, Susan!!! #1754346

Kerby Pfrangle 8/23/2005 2:40:30 AM

Susan congratulions on your second place win.

Super job.


Ronald Balthazor 8/23/2005 3:49:57 AM

Congratulations, Susan. Excellent capture. #1754786

Daniel Diaz 8/23/2005 4:08:09 AM

Way to go Susan, Congrats!!!!!!! I still stand by my original post! #1754915

Olivia Navarro 8/23/2005 5:52:37 AM

Oh my gosh, Susan, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!! YAAAAAY!!!!! #1755503

Marie Fields 8/23/2005 6:08:23 AM

Congratulations, Susan! Terrific WIN!!! #1755601

Rakesh Syal 8/23/2005 6:16:27 AM

Congratulations, Susan, on this big win!!! #1755679

Jim Kinnunen 8/23/2005 6:24:36 AM

Congratulations on this great win, Susan!!!:-) #1755742

Margot Petrowski 8/23/2005 7:52:28 AM

CONGRATS, Susan!!!! Love it!! #1756219

Jay Patel 8/23/2005 9:09:49 AM

Congratulation Susan!! #1756433

Susan L. Vasquez 8/23/2005 9:19:53 AM

Oh my gosh! What a happy surprise! Thanks so much everyone! #1756468

Christopher A. Vedros 8/23/2005 9:42:26 AM

Congratulations Susan!

Persistance pays off!

Chris #1756551

Jill Flynn 8/23/2005 9:47:07 AM

Congratulations on your Second Place Win Susan. Way to go! #1756564

Nobu Nagase 8/23/2005 9:47:25 AM

Many congratulations on your great win!!! #1756565

Pamela K 8/23/2005 9:48:20 AM

Great action capture!! Congratulations!

Pam #1756569

Sharon Day 8/23/2005 12:40:30 PM

Fantastic image, Susan!!! Big congratulations!!! #1757170

Jill Odice 8/23/2005 1:34:50 PM

Congrats to you Susan!!!:-) #1757311

Terrill Province 8/23/2005 2:03:28 PM

Ah ha! See, I knew it FIRST!!! What a spectacular image ~ you are so deserving of this award. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

(ring) (ring) "Sports illustrated calling . . ." #1757433

Kay Beausoleil 8/23/2005 2:56:30 PM

An exciting capture -- congratulations on your big win, Susan! #1757745

Joannie Bertucci 8/23/2005 3:23:13 PM

Congratulations Susan, it looks like both you and Amber are winners with this exceptional image! #1757842

Barbara Helgason 8/23/2005 3:37:13 PM

Congratulations Susan, this is beautiful, Amber must be thrilled as well. I'll bet all her team mates are going to ask you to photograph them as well now! #1757893

anonymous 8/23/2005 4:03:32 PM

Congrats Darls!!! I knew this was a winner!!! How exciting. #1758005

Susan L. Vasquez 8/23/2005 8:21:03 PM

Wow it is so exciting, I still can't believe it! Thanks so much to all of you, I really appreciate it all! #1758703

Nicole Kessel 8/23/2005 8:40:18 PM

A well deserved win, Susan! Congrats! #1758738

Colette M. Metcalf 8/24/2005 2:38:45 AM

Congratulations Susan!! #1759142

Marvin H. Gohlke Jr. 8/24/2005 7:36:01 AM

Sorry I'm so late, but congratulations on your winner, great shot, well-deserved! #1760727

Susan L. Vasquez 8/24/2005 8:21:46 AM

Thanks Nicole, Colette, and Marvin! #1760909

Joy Rector 8/24/2005 10:30:02 AM

Congrats on your win #1761382

Susan L. Vasquez 8/24/2005 11:08:17 AM

Thank you Joy :) #1761567

Jay Soldner 8/24/2005 11:08:26 AM

Great job Susan, congrats on a well deserved win. #1761569

Susan L. Vasquez 8/24/2005 11:10:24 AM

Jay! Thanks, where have you been?
I'm going to email you this second ;) #1761576

Cathy Barrows 8/24/2005 3:25:38 PM

Congrats on your win...it just had to be cause it is fabulous...this is going on her wall poster size I hope #1762613

Susana Ms Heide 8/24/2005 5:17:14 PM

Many congrats to you Susan for your win with this great image!! And congrats to your daughter who is obviously accomplishing a lot in a short time!! WTG to both of you! #1762949

Susan L. Vasquez 8/24/2005 8:15:00 PM

Thanks so much Cathy and Susana :)

Serena Pierce 8/25/2005 9:10:34 AM

Congratulations on this wonderful image and win!! #1765551

KHAWLA Haddad 8/25/2005 7:42:09 PM

Congratulations Susan!! #1767560

Susan L. Vasquez 8/25/2005 8:26:41 PM

Thank you Serena and Khawla! #1767648

bob cornelison 8/26/2005 9:52:54 AM

Sorry I'm so late but congratulations on this win! This is really excellent!
~:O) #1770343

Susan L. Vasquez 8/26/2005 8:01:20 PM

No problem Bob! So glad you enjoyed it :) Thanks! #1772078

robert burks 9/1/2005 3:52:55 PM

...great capture Susan...excellent colors and composition...and its my favorite stroke, butterfly! congratulations...well done! #1794411

Susan L. Vasquez 9/1/2005 8:21:30 PM

Thank you so much Robert! #1794988

Claudette Foote 9/2/2005 7:39:02 AM

Congratulations!!! Susan! so so glad to see that you won... you deserved it so much... it is a wonderful, colorful,excellent image.. wow!
BRAVO! #1796487

Adrianna Province 9/12/2005 6:18:34 PM

A HUGE congratulations Susan!! This is amazing!! Congrats again! You deserved it!!! #1829877

Susan L. Vasquez 9/13/2005 8:37:08 AM

Thanks Claudette and Adrianna :) #1832225

David Birken 9/20/2005 8:16:42 PM

Great shot Susan! I've been shooting my daughter swimming all summer and didn't even think of trying that angle!
:) Great job!

Susan L. Vasquez 9/21/2005 9:32:43 AM

Thanks David! #1863291

Terrill Province 9/21/2005 8:32:53 PM

Hi Susan,
I just clicked over to the BP home page and this image was the FEATURE!

So COOL! #1865197

Lewis P. Church 10/14/2005 9:32:05 PM

I love these swimming shots! Well done. #1953648

Lewis P. Church 10/14/2005 9:32:13 PM

I love these swimming shots! Well done. #1953649

Susan L. Vasquez 10/14/2005 9:45:22 PM

Thanks so much Paul. #1953676

ADILSON F. FERREIRA 10/16/2005 11:28:47 AM

Congratulations on this well deserved win Susan!!!
Terrific capture!!! #1958213

Susan L. Vasquez 10/16/2005 6:05:07 PM

Thanks again Adilson :) #1958946

Bill Houghton 10/23/2005 1:08:06 AM

Great action shot Susan. Great job. #1986708

Susan L. Vasquez 10/23/2005 9:10:13 AM

Thanks Bill :) #1987992

Laura Sejud 11/1/2005 10:47:53 PM

Thanks for commenting on my Varenna, Italy shot- it encouraged me to come see your wonderful gallery and this amazing action shot!! #2025116

Susan L. Vasquez 11/2/2005 9:15:17 PM

You are so welcome Laura and thanks! #2029160

Donna La Mattino Pagakis 11/17/2005 12:39:39 PM

Congratulations on this award winning image. The colors are so vibrant. Being on the swim team when I was young, this brings back memories. Great timing! #2088329

Susan L. Vasquez 11/17/2005 8:30:01 PM

Thanks again Donna ;) #2089303

john dunne 1/2/2006 9:03:29 AM

stunning stunning stunning picture. I wish I took one as good as that. #2244482

Susan L. Vasquez 1/2/2006 10:02:23 AM

bless you JOHN! But you have taken many pictures that are much better than this :)
Thank you so much! #2244681

Vladan D. Djordjevic 1/17/2007 9:09:51 PM

Fantastic photo! Love the action, color, lighting, clarity!!! #3832608

Jim Kinnunen 11/30/2008 8:26:28 AM

Terrific action photo, Susan!!! The framing and the brilliant colors are perfect...and the details are amazing!!! #6829726

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Amber taking the lead at practice.

Exposure time 1/250 s
F-number 4.5
Exposure program Manual
Focal length 62 mm

Uploaded on 7/22/2005 8:54:32 PM

Made With

Camera: Nikon D70 Digital SLR Camera

BetterPhoto.com All Time Best Photo Contest Staff Favorite
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner

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