Photo 9: Alex Filling Water Bag

For the past couple of days, we have been hanging out and looking at photographs from the Czech Family Camp. Today we will stay at the camp and drop in on a fun afternoon activity.

Each day, the schedule called for English Classes in the morning, bible studies or knitting classes after lunch and an all-camp activity in the afternoon. This particular activity involved an obscene amount of running from the water's edge to the volleyball court about a 200 or 300 yards away. The goal was to fill a bucket of water only using bags of water.

Canon 5D/2, 16mm, 1/2000 @F2.8, ISO 100

As the game is just getting ready to start, Alex bends down to practice filling his bag with water. As I was walking around capturing shots of the participants and the spectators (which often provided its own entertainment), I came across this picture.

I stepped down on to the rocks and into the water a bit and proceeded to take a few pictures, but I wasn't getting the angle I really wanted. I set the exposure and focus point and the put the camera near the rocks and snapped the picture. This was the resulting photograph.

What I love about this photograph is not only the action of Alex picking up the water in the bag, but the detail and blur of the rocks as they fade into the lake. This small detail helps tell the story of Alex's action. Shortly after this picture, the game was afoot.

After many trips back and forth to the lake, the buckets were full and the red team won the slimmest of margins.

And that is story behind the filling of the water bag. Tomorrow, we head back to to Pskov, Russia for a series of photos of the children's ministry. Come back and see how much fun these kids can have!

[This post is part of my Top 25 Summer Trip Pics series.]

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