I was well into hour two of cruising for wild art one day last week when I noticed to teenagers crouched down at a water spigot in a local park as I drove past. I’m not sure if its my journalistic instincts or my misspent youth but I immediately wondered if they were filling up water balloons. Like any good newspaper photographer I stopped to find out what was going on. The two Southeast Missouri State University students were indeed filling up water balloons for use in a water balloon fight later that afternoon. They were members of an unofficial club on campus named the Daytime Deluxe Diving Dunkaroos. I made a few frames, found out a bit more about their group and what was planned for later and gave them my business card as I left telling them to shoot me an email if they ever had anything going on that they thought would make a nice photo and that I’d try to make the fight later that day.
I went back to the office filed what I had and told the ME that I might be able to get something better later if my scheduled worked out. I had a 3 o’clock assignment to shoot some high school golfers who had qualified for state and I wasn’t sure if I’d make it back in time. The photo gods smiled upon me for the second time that day as my portraits went quickly with all of my kids showing up on time or early (never happens!) and I was able to make it to the SEMO campus with time to spare and my GoPro Hero2 video camera. I grabbed names of the kids participating and talked one of them into wearing the GoPro on there heads adn we were good to go. Things were a bit crazy once they started as you can see from the stills and video. I almost managed to avoid getting hit but I got tagged by one of the last balloons thrown when a kid ducked and I didn’t. I came away soaking wet and a bit disappointed that my wide angle was out of commission since my 50 seemed to tight and to slow to focus but it was a good time. I didn’t have time to really edit the video from the GoPro but I think it kind of works as it is anyway. Thanks for looking!