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Swikar Shot Something He Couldn't See

Camera: NIKON D3S

Shutter: 1/640 s

Aperture: f/9

Exposure Setting: Manual (Pattern Metering)

ISO: 800

Strobe Flash: Did Not Fire

Lens Focal Length: 105 mm

White Balance: Auto

Shooter's Comments:

Monday's assignment was really all about creating something out of nothing. I headed out to a location where a bomb had exploded inside of an apartment, but there was no visible damage to the outside of the structure and we had no access to the inside.

This is one of the most challenging aspects of the job, but it also really helps you break out of the ordinary and forces you to think outside of your comfort zone. I was fortunate enough to be teamed up with reporter Dominick Adams which allowed me to focus just on the visual elements.

I think this assignment is a perfect example of the difference between still photography and video. The stills by themselves lack the information needed to successfully communicate this story. In the video, on the other hand, they work beautifully and seamlessly with the content. It's a great example on the power of using multimedia as a storytelling medium.

- Swikar Patel, Photojournalist