Jumping Into The Lake From A Water Trampoline at the Family Cottage

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On of the most fun things I can think of doing in the summer is jumping into the lake from a water trampoline at the family cottage. However, trying to get a few halfway decent photos of the kids in action is a little more difficult than it might look!

For one thing, our cottage is on the Georgian Bay side of the Bruce Peninsula. The water is crystal clear – but man is it cold!

This presents a challenge because no matter how enthusiastic the kids are on the water trampoline, they never last more than a few minutes.

For this series I was using a Nikon D800 (which you can now find used for the amazing price of $1300 to $1500) with a Nikon 20mm f/1.8 (my favorite lens for underwater portrait photography) in an EWA Marine underwater housing. The camera was set up to shutter priority at f/8, auto ISO, matrix metering, auto focus in continuous mode.

Like all underwater photography, I wanted to be as close to my subject as possible…without getting jumped on. Underwater photography is always very random and a kid jumping into the lake from a water trampoline adds to the randomness – so I took a lot of photos and picked my favorites.

All images from this session are available for royalty free licensing at Stocksy United. 





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JP Danko


JP Danko is an active lifestyle photographer based in Toronto, Canada. JP can change a lens mid-rappel, swap a memory card while treading water, or use a camel as a light stand.


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