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Laura J. Gardner - The Journal Gazette
(left to right) Lily Johnson, 2, Gus Nussbaum, 3, London Gower,5, and Gavin Johnson, 4, enjoy the merry-go-round at Legion Park in Decatur.


Camera: NIKON D2H

Shutter: 1/200 s

Aperture: f/11

Exposure Setting: Manual (Pattern Metering)

ISO: 400

Strobe Flash: Did Not Fire

Lens Focal Length: 25 mm

White Balance: Auto

Editor's Note: Laura did a good job here of handling a tricky lighting situation. Judging from the shadows, part of the merry-go-round is in the shade and part of it is in bright sunshine. By shooting straight down, Laura still had a wide range of sun and shadow in her shot, but she didn't have to worry about an ultra-bright background blowing out her image.

Photos of children playing are more difficult to take than it seems. Sometimes, the longer you stay, the more comfortable everyone gets. Sometimes, the kids get tired of this extra person hanging around.

- Lara Neel, Visual Editor