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Cathie Rowand - The Journal Gazette
Alden Bansener, left, his brother Grant Bansener, and Keagan Snaufer paddle down Cedar Creek Wednesday while attending Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory's Safari Summer Day Camp. Campers spent the morning learning to canoe at Metea County Park. There are six more weeks of Safari Camp. Call 427-6445 for more information.

Getting There, Then Getting Back There

Camera: NIKON D2Hs

Shutter: 1/250 s

Aperture: f/9

Exposure Setting: Shutter Priority

ISO: 800

Strobe Flash: Did Not Fire

Lens Focal Length: 300 mm

White Balance: Auto

Shooter's Comments: Shooting-wise, this photo was simple to do. It was the logistics that were difficult. I caught up with the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory's Safari Summer Day Camp campers at Metea County Park. They were just finishing lunch and were heading out to canoe down Cedar Creek. Knowing that I would need extra time to cover this, I called my 1:00 p.m. assignment to see if I could come a little late.

I then went with the canoes to Hursh Road, but after a half an hour, there were no kids. Somehow they got lost along the way, so I called my co-worker Laura Gardner, who ended up shooting the postponed 1:00 p.m. portrait while I continued to wait.

After a long wait and wishing I had some deet, the kids showed up and eventually headed down the river. I took some shots as they took off down the river, but I mostly shot their backs and wanted to get something from the front. I had lots of time, since Laura took my last assignment, so I hiked along the creek until I came to a clearing by the river. Unfortunately, the kids had already passed by.

I could hear the kids, so I continued hiking but couldn't find an opening in the trees that worked. I followed some animal trails and surprised a deer. We were both startled by each other and I didn't get a photo of the deer running away from me.

Once I got back to the car, I decided to go back to Metea Park and wait for the campers who were ending their trip at Andrew's Landing. I got back just in time to take photos of them from the front this time.

- Cathie Rowand, Photojournalist