How Swimming Photographers Make Their Underwater Moment

To Get the Shot, Nerve, Luck and Scuba Gear

Sports photographers who shoot underwater spend an extended time at the bottom of the pool, hoping to capture Olympic history.


A camera rests three meters down, its lens protected by a clear glass dome the size of mixing bowl. Al Bello, a 44-year-old Brooklyn native and an award-winning photographer for Getty Images, placed it there a week ago.