Today an assignment surfaced to photograph the Lebanon community swimming pool for the Valley News guide and perhaps a standalone picture for the paper. I joked “I have swim trunks and a towel… Do we have a housing?”

Swimming Under Water

Skye Robicneau, 10, dives into the water after jumping off the diving board at Veteran's Memorial swimming pool in Lebanon, N.H., Tuesday afternoon, June 22, 2010. The pool opened for the summer last week. Valley News - Patrick Fallon

My editor Geoff replied, nope, but we have a fish tank…

So I found the fish tank in our photo equipment room, per my editor suggestion I used the paper’s Nikon D2H and a 12-24mm f/4 in case I got the gear flooded. Luckily that did not happen. After getting my swim trunks out, I put a beach towel in the bottom of the tank to keep a dry space between the camera and the bottom as water would splash in eventually. This worked quite well. One of the lifeguards was also kind enough to give me two foam noodles to sit on and a kick board to place on top of the tank – bright yellow – it helped keep the water out, but also made my location clear to any divers so I would not get hit. The tank was also made of plastic – so the risk of breaking or shattering and hurting someone was reduced.

Children jump off the diving board at Veteran's Memorial swimming pool in Lebanon, N.H., Tuesday afternoon. Valley News - Patrick Fallon

A child climbs out of the pool after jumping off the diving board at Veteran's Memorial swimming pool. Valley News - Patrick Fallon

A lifeguard watches kids jumping off the diving board at Veteran's Memorial swimming pool in Lebanon. Valley News - Patrick Fallon

A lifeguard keeps watch as children jump off the diving board at Veteran's Memorial swimming pool in Lebanon. Valley News - Patrick Fallon

A child swims to the surface after jumping off the diving board at Veteran's Memorial swimming pool in Lebanon, N.H., Tuesday afternoon, June 22, 2010. Valley News - Patrick Fallon

Spending the day in the pool was not a bad way to start the summer. It was a lot of fun, especially with the kids all asking me, “Is this going to be in the Valley News?,” “am I going to be in the newspaper?” – proof community journalism isn’t dead, at least not in the Upper Valley. People still read and know the paper, even the youngest generation of text messaging kids.

  1. sick! love the second and the last one.

  2. Nice work! Great images, Pat. Way to have some initiative.

  3. Good work Patrick. Which one(s) ran in print?

  4. The first image of the girl underwater.

  5. nice work pfal. would love to see the rig in action. hehe.

  6. Great solution! I love the lo=fi look that shooting through the plastic and water makes. I might need to borrow this technique for some synchronized swimming in July.

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