This Summer I Swam in the Ocean and I Swam in a Swimming Pool


Summer is here, kids! And what better thing to do than go swimming, take photographs or maybe both? In this article we’ve compiled a small selection of photos around the theme of swimming. And some recommendations on what gear to use to make those awesome under water shots.

As usual we also suggest a soundtrack: this time it’s the wonderful The Swimming Song by Loudon Wainwright III. Open the link in an additional tab, turn up the volume, click show all photos and then scroll through.

Credits: stouf, dirklancer, drofla, japsix, panelomo, calo, disdis, reinertlee, lomovan, girlkasia, cruesi, reneg88, t0m7, mrrotivlarbac, superlighter, weechonghooi, vicuna, emilios, eurydice, jeabzz, mephisto19, drumfire, zekiyeayse, hstevens1, jelga, mantozauras, caromi, chippo, jennson, zulupt, shi_mi & erikamentari

There are several products we can recommend for under- or in-water photography: the Krab Underwater Housing for the Lomo LC-A and LC-W. Or the Fisheye Submarine Case for the Fisheye One and Two.

While compiling this gallery – usually we download tons of photos for different search terms and narrow them down in many iterations – we saw that stouf is responsible for a good third of this gallery. So I’ve decided to ask him about water photography, his favorite camera and why he likes swimming:

Rule N°11: when underwater, leave only bubbles and take only pictures. Favourite cam? Nikonos V. Why do I like swimming? Except the breathing part, it is complete freedom.

Thanks stouf!

Further (random) references: read the great short story The Swimmer by John Cheever. Listen to Swim by Surfer Blood (also check out the Alpaca remix), Swimming by Sunset Rubdown, Swimmers by Broken Social Scene or I Sing I Swim by our lovely Lomo Amigos Seabear. Watch Loudon in the great but short-lived TV show Undeclared. Rent Esther Williams movies. Or hear Bon Iver’s cover of The Swimming Song.

We are sure there are plenty photos we forgot to add. So please post the links to your favorite swimming photos in the comments! And let us know where to go swimming in your area and – hint, hint – maybe write a LomoLocation on that.

written by recurving on 2011-06-21 #lifestyle #swimming #gallery #pool #ocean


  1. tiranapermata
    tiranapermata ·

    makes me wanna buy camera & underwater equipment :)

  2. andrea_gail
    andrea_gail ·

    me too! :)

  3. stanleybobbles
    stanleybobbles ·

    :-) I hope they make an underwater housing for La Sardina! It would only make sense.

  4. angels_lomo
    angels_lomo ·

    I really love underwater cameras! check my album…

  5. saidseni
    saidseni ·

    Amazing gallery! How can I take the Supersampler underwater??

  6. whatapathy
    whatapathy ·

    the 4th photo blew me away :)

  7. abpos
    abpos ·

    In love with the whole album!!! Saw another sweet underwater series yesterday, by pro photographer Jill Greenberg…

  8. she_lomo_lover
    she_lomo_lover ·

    OMG! Love it! I'll try to take some pictures next time I go to the beach. Visit: Obrigada!

  9. pepper-b
    pepper-b ·

    Beautiful shots!! great soundtrack!!!

  10. natalieerachel
    natalieerachel ·

    Yaaay stouf! I'm saving up for the LC-A+ and the Krab :3

  11. melissajtest
    melissajtest ·

    Oh goodness. So beautiful! Wish I could be out swimming and photographing now instead of being stuck at work.

  12. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    @stouf is so right! Nikonos V (sorry lomo cam's) is the very best underwater camera I know... and in my opinion, followed by the Fisheye Submarine and then LC-A Krab... and don't forget also the excellent little Canon Sureshot A1 Underwater camera... :))

  13. bluemie5
    bluemie5 ·

    great underwater pictures!

  14. stouf
    stouf ·

    @recurving: Thank you so much my friend ! You made my day !!!
    @vicuna: Bien dit l'ami ! Personne n'arrive à la cheville du Nikonos V ! : )

  15. deepfried_goodness
    deepfried_goodness ·

    Now that it's warmer, I look forward to take my Fisheye into the pool (in it's underwater case that is).

  16. satomi
    satomi ·

    Stouf takes the most amazing underwater shots for sure. Love them all.

  17. ahleng90
    ahleng90 ·

    B to the E to the A to the U to the T to the I to the F to the U to the L..BEAUTIFUL

  18. maxwellmaxen
    maxwellmaxen ·

    i love underwater photography! i am now at finishing my very first roll. 3 more shots to go!

  19. emilios
    emilios ·

    Yeah, stouf underwater shots are the best!!!

  20. matej_mjaw
    matej_mjaw ·

    Now that I saw Nikonos V I desperately want one! ;)

  21. boogieroxx
    boogieroxx ·

    amazing pictures

  22. specialblewah
    specialblewah ·

    woww. amazing underwater gallery!! let nature be your teacher. boooyaaahh!!

  23. caromi
    caromi ·

    One of my pictures was there! SO EXCITED! Thanks, Lomo :)

  24. catscatsyeahmf
    catscatsyeahmf ·

    45 photo- looks like a sea monster is going to gobble up the subject.

  25. superkulisap
    superkulisap ·


  26. demonika
    demonika ·

    i don't like it I LOVE THOSE PIC!!

  27. blinghaha
    blinghaha ·

    Love them, just scanned in my first underwater pics, love them but possibly not quite as awesome as those!!!

  28. liquorice
    liquorice ·

    Stunning gallery!

  29. rickee_k
    rickee_k ·

    Awe! #25 is so cute!

  30. rickee_k
    rickee_k ·

    Awe! #25 is so cute!

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