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Laura J Gardner / The Journal Gazette
Scene at the funeral for Alina R. BigJohny in Fort Wayne

A difficult assignment

Camera: NIKON D2S

Shutter: 1/1000 s

Aperture: f/4.8

Exposure Setting: Manual (Spot Metering)

ISO: 400

Strobe Flash: Did Not Fire

Lens Focal Length: 300 mm with telephoto extender

White Balance: Manual

Shooter's Comments:

I always hate shooting funerals because I feel like a heartless person. However, sometimes as a photojournalist you have to put your emotions aside for a moment and document what is going on and react later.

Alina BigJohny's funeral was Friday and I took photos outside of the funeral home, across Winchester Road. I brought my 300 mm with an extender so that I could capture moments of people walking out. I had a few moments of friends embracing each other.

This is such a horrible sad story. My heart goes out for this family.

Laura J Gardner, Photojournalist