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Cathie Rowand - The Journal Gazette
Cars line up down Wayne Trace and Hessen Cassel for free gas Tuesday at the Marathon Express gas station at 3505 Wayne Trace. The first 250 motorists who signed a Don't Text & Drive Pledge got $20 worth of gas. Providence Baptist Church partnered with Parkview Hospital to educate drivers about the dangers of texting and driving.

Free Gas and Lens Flare

Camera: NIKON D2Hs

Shutter: 1/250 s

Aperture: f/14

Exposure Setting: Manual (Pattern Metering)

ISO: 400

Strobe Flash: Did Not Fire

Lens Focal Length: 25 mm

White Balance: Auto

Shooter's Comments:

An enthusiastic response to a free gas give away to people who pledge to not drive and text became a story today. A traffic snarl was caused by the event, with cars lining up down Wayne Trace and Hessen Cassel Road. There is some lens flare in the photo because I had to shoot into the sun to show the cars lining up on both streets.

Lens flare is created when light, usually in the shape of the lens diaphragm, hits the camera's digital sensor. I have a lens hood to help prevent this and often use my hand to give more shade. In this shot, I held the camera over my head for a better perspective to show the traffic, so I was unable to shade the lens.

- Cathie Rowand, Photojournalist