Red Bull Cliff Diving Series 2009
Rotterdam, Leuvehaven, 20th June 2009
In Rotterdam to photograph the Dutch leg of the insanely danergerous cliff diving championships, hosted by Red Bull. The international group of divers jump from a platform 26 meters above Leuvehaven harbour, performing twists and summersaults before hitting the water (hopefully) feet first. 26 meters is the absolute maximum height from which a diver can expect the hit the water without sustaining an injury, and even then the exact posture of the diver is critical. Apparently even in a good landing it still hurts.
It was this point that I chose to focus on, the water air threshold and the most crucial part of the dive. At a height of 26 meters, the diver tenses every muscle for the bone crunching impact at a speed of about 23 meters per second (51 miles per hour!). By aiming the camera just above the water surface, I could get the diver passing the camera just before impact, and then the upsplash as he becomes enveloped in water. Despite not getting a chance to make any tests before hand it resulted in some of the strongest images so far.
- ©Angus Leadley Brown, 2009
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