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Foot Traffic

Swikar Patel - The Journal Gazette
Bailey Kauffman (front), 13, jumps from poolside and dunks a basketball while Nicholas Levy, 9, floats on his back below Tuesday night at Pocohontas Swim Club's "Splash Bash." The Splash Bash was open to the public to enjoy a night of swimming, games, giveaways and food while watching olympic swimming on a television poolside. Fort Wayne Aquatics was the only Northeast Indiana swim club to be awarded giveaways and pool party supplies by USA Swimming.

Finding Those Angles...Dreaming of Others

Camera: NIKON D3S

Shutter: 1/1600 s

Aperture: f/6.3

Exposure Setting: Manual (Pattern Metering)

ISO: 500

Strobe Flash: Did Not Fire

Lens Focal Length: 25 mm

White Balance: Auto

Shooter's Comments:

It was a beautiful day for a pool party and I headed over there around 6pm. When I arrived, they were still setting up and kids were trickling in. A couple of kids were swimming in the pool and diving off of the board. I shot around, the light was good but I was having issues getting something interesting since the kids were pretty spread out.

A couple of kids started playing basketball and it so happened that the lifeguard stand was right above the hoop. I asked the guard and she was more than happy to let me stand up there for a couple of minutes.

The light by the hoop was dark and the sun created hotspots. So I had to wait for the kids to swim into the light to keep everything balanced. One kid took a shot and it went out of the pool while another kid was floating on his back which I shot and liked as a single photo. While I was shooting, Bailey ran and jumped into the pool while dunking the ball. I just caught him out of the corner of my eye and was pretty lucky to focus, recompose, and fire off 3 frames.

At some point I really want to get an underwater housing for my camera to make some photos that are in my head.

- Swikar Patel, Photojournalist