Camera: NIKON D3S
Shutter: 1/1600 s
Exposure Setting: Manual (Pattern Metering)
Strobe Flash: Did Not Fire
Lens Focal Length: 25 mm
White Balance: Auto
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