Camera: NIKON D3S
Shutter: 1/2000 s
Exposure Setting: Manual (Pattern Metering)
Strobe Flash: Did Not Fire
Lens Focal Length: 450 mm after camera's digital 1.5 conversion
White Balance: Manual
As I was headed into the newsroom I got a call from fellow photographer Laura Gardner that there was a hostage situation. It was getting close to the end of her shift and we had no idea how long it would last, so I headed over to relieve her.
Authorities had a four-block radius blocked off around the house but luckily Laura gave me a heads-up and told me to bring the 300mm lens. There wasn't much action, so that is the photo that we got. It was over 15 minutes after I arrived and ended peacefully.
- Swikar Patel, Photojournalist