Making a splash

This is the third instalment in a weekly series in which The Straits Times Picture Desk partners Samsung to capture moments of The Good That People Do.

SINGAPORE - Slowly but steadily, they practise under the watchful eye of coach Mohd Faizal Mohammed, 31.

Every Wednesday, it is a splashing good time at Hougang Swimming Complex for 20 children and youth from Chen Su Lan Methodist Children's Home and The Salvation Army's Gracehaven. It is part of SportCares' Swimming Programme, a free course to help them build water confidence.

This photograph was shot with a Samsung Galaxy S9. Its dual aperture automatically adjusts to any lighting conditions, be it day or night.

Using the pro mode, Straits Times photojournalist Mark Cheong switched between apertures of f1.5 and f2.4, with an ISO ranging from 400 to 800, and toggled with shutter speeds of between 1/10 and 1/250 of a second to capture images of the swimmers under the glow of the pool's floodlights.

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Gracia Lee

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 10, 2018, with the headline 'Making a splash'. Print Edition | Subscribe