For today’s feature story on the City Swim team by Hunter Woodall, I started planning my coverage over a month ago. When my editor Natalee mentioned the initial idea to me, the gears in my head immediately started turning.
Having shot a great deal of swim meets while in college, I had plenty of experience covering the sport. It’s notoriously difficult to shoot, as swimmers spend most of their time underwater, making it tough to photograph faces. With time to plan, I knew I had to find a way to work underwater.
After doing plenty of research and consulting a few friends who have done underwater work, I got several recommendations for using an underwater bag. We ended up going with a DiCaPac model that fit a Canon 5D Mark II camera and 16-35mm lens. After a couple tests in my kitchen sink, it kept the gear bone dry.
Out at the pool, it was smooth sailing. While it was tough to shoot underwater with goggles on, I eventually got the hang of going beneath the surface at just the right time.