Underwater shots during competition are difficult and unpredictable, both in terms of where the best graphics will occur and, occasionally, in terms of where the swimmers are seeded. We did our homework and placed a camera underwater at 6 a.m., before that day's competition began. It all worked, with this photo giving you the feeling that Michael Phelps was gliding through the clouds as well as the water.
Shot with: Canon EOS-1D Mark II, EF 15mm f/2.8, shot at 1/640 at f/11.
Photo: Heinz Kluetmeier/SI