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Swikar Patel - The Journal Gazette
Guests watch a documentary on the freedom riders at the Lee residence in Fort Wayne.

Freedom Riders

Camera: NIKON D3S

Shutter: 1/30 s

Aperture: f/2.8

Exposure Setting: Manual

ISO: 2000

Strobe Flash: Did Not Fire

Lens Focal Length: 24 mm

White Balance: Manual

Shooter's Comments: Initially, I was worried that there was a video request to shoot people watching a PBS documentary. I mean. it sounds easy enough, but to keep it interesting there isn't a whole lot going on.

I started out by interviewing Louise and George. What a powerful story. Then we headed down into the basement and I shot some B Roll of the guests watching the show. It was powerful, and very emotional. I wanted to concentrate of the eyes of the viewers. It was a very confined space and I didn't want to be a distraction, that was probably the hardest part.

When I got back to the paper and started the post production process, I asked our reporter if they had submitted any photos that I could incorporate into the video. Luckily, they did, and I really feel like it adds so much more to this story. I felt really honored doing this assignment.

- Swikar Patel, Photojournalist

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