I am a senior photojournalism student currently in my Capstone course. The current assignment of the class has been a team project focusing on water issues in the Southeast Ohio/Appalachia area. My teams focus has been industrial usage of water and the affects water transportation of minerals such as coal have on the Ohio river, and the connecting water sheds.
With visuals in mind, we instantly wanted some way of getting under water. Since it is a piece about water, that perspective of being submerged feels critical to the story. This assignment was my first time using a GoPro is any situation let along underwater usage.
The main scene of the story is following an OU biology class that does research by collecting fish in local water sheds around Athens. So my team and I followed the class out to Shade, Ohio, put the GoPro in its waterproof casing, stuck it on the end of a monopod, and went to town filming. We got great shots of particles in the water, the students netting catching fish, and close-ups of fish inside their collection buckets. Working with the GoPro was a fun experience and really added a unique eye to the overall story.
Our project is a small piece of a whole puzzle that should be a part of next semesters Soul of Athens project that is produced by the School of Visual Communications every spring.