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Swikar Patel The Journal Gazette
Fort Wayne Fire Department captain Mark Claus, safety education division, directs Indian Village students while Marshall Latta (front), 9, covers his ears during a simulated house fire in the Survive Alive House at Safety Village Thursday morning. This exercise was to give students hands-on experience at practicing proper fire safety procedures and escape techniques.

Learning To Be Safe

camera: Nikon D3s

shutter: 1/25 sec

aperture: 2.8

ISO: 6400

lens: 24-70mm

focal length: 24mm

I could have spent all day at Safety Village making pictures. I was fortunate to arrive early and do a walk-through of the Survive Alive house, and mentally picked out my shots.

Initially, I was going to use some fill flash for this shot because the fire they showed me wasn't this intense. As the kids were crawling through the house I just went with the available light coming from the simulated flames. Marshall was covering his ears because of all of the smoke alarms going off, which really added a sense of drama to this shot.

-Swikar Patel, Photojournalist

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