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Amber Story, left, Tarah's mother, and Tarah Souders talk about Tarah's daughter Aliahna Lemmon, 9, who has been missing since Friday.

Shooting a sensitive moment

Camera: Nikon D2hs

Shutter: 1/15 s

Aperture: f/2.8

Exposure Setting: Manual (Pattern Metering)

ISO: 1600

Strobe Flash: Did not use it

Lens Focal Length: 35 mm

White Balance: Auto

Shooter's Comments: One of the most difficult stories to cover for The Journal Gazette is that of a missing child. Especially when the child goes missing just before Christmas.

Yesterday, Aliahna Lemmon's family talked to Archie Ingersoll about her disappearance. It was hard not to feel intrusive even though the family agreed to me being there.

My cameras are big and they make a loud clicking sound when the rest of the room is quiet and yet I tried my best not to be noticed. I stayed in my chair and shot as few photos as possible while Tarah Souders, the girl's mother; Amber and David Story, grandparents; and Mike Plumadore, the friend Alihana had been staying with, talked.

The room was very dark and yet I decided not to use a flash. It would have been too distracting and insensitive. I pushed the ISO as high as my camera allowed and took the photos with a really slow shutter speed.

I didn't shoot moments of anguish and grief and instead waited for when the family had their feelings under control. I wanted to respect their grief as much as possible.

-- Cathie Rowand, Photojournalist