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Stories from The Trail

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Stories from The Trail

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Ditching the pencils - How students adapt to digital SAT
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The perfect shot

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  As I stepped into the poolside deck, the scent of chlorine hung in the air. The rhythmic splashes and the distant echoes of cheer filled the bustling atmosphere of the swim meet. Clutching my camera, I felt a mix of excitement and nervousness; it was my first time capturing the energy of a swimming competition. The vibrant blue of the pool contrasted sharply with the white tiles, creating a visual spectacle. Swimmers in sleek swimsuits moved with grace, sliding through the water. I positioned myself strategically against the base of the wall, anticipating the perfect shot that would encapsulate the determination and strength of the athletes.

  As the races unfolded, he faced the challenge of freezing the moments in time as teammates surrounded the pool, screaming at the top of their lungs “GO, GO, GO.” The swimmers’ powerful strokes and synchronized turns required precise timing.  The constant movement pushed me to adjust my camera settings swiftly, finding the delicate balance between shutter speed and aperture. With each push of the button, twelve individual photos are taken every second. The intense focus before the race, the breathless determination during laps, and the victorious smiles upon reaching the finish. The water droplets glistened in my shots, capturing the essence of the sport.  

  Among the lanes, I noticed compassion and sportsmanship. Swimmers from opposing teams hugging one another, displaying a sense of unity. The spectators’ applause echoed in my sense. As I realized the significance of preserving these moments for the athletes and their families.

  As the day progressed, I adapted to the flow of the meet.  The initial nervousness transformed into a passionate pursuit of the perfect shot. 

 Leaving the poolside with memory cards filled with remarkable moments, I knew that this first experience at a swim meet marked the beginning of a journey to explore and share the captivating world of sports photography.

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Peyton Michlig
Peyton Michlig, Sports Executive Producer
Peyton Michlig, the Executive Sports Advisor for Digital Media. This is his second year on staff as he goes into his Junior year.  His favorite part about being in Digital Media is creating sports stories. Most likely you will see Peyton at every sporting event throughout the year.  Becoming a filmmaker is a passion he would like to pursue in the future. Outside of school, Peyton enjoys playing baseball at CT. He is just like any other student athlete who works to perfect his craft everyday.

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