Photographer's Note

This is the time of year when schools hold their graduation ceremonies. I was invited by my god-daughter to attend her graduation from high school and delighted to attend, camera in hand, of course. In fact, I chose to arrive about an hour before the scheduled time to scope out the setting and test a couple of lenses. When I arrived the only persons in the auditorium were teachers who were setting up the stage for the coming event. When I identified myself they had no problem with my rambling about the space as I looked for the best perspective from which to shoot.

To my surprise and delight, the school administrators had planned an abbreviated walk through before the ceremony began. I was treated to unhindered access to the auditorium as those about to graduate took their place on the stage. It was as I was shooting the stage that I noticed this single student walking toward the upper level exit to the auditorium and I quickly took this shot. It was only later when I was reviewing the 350 images I shot that day that I came upon this image and saw the beauty of it.

I'll leave it to others to articulate the story one could easily craft about a single student entering the next stage of her life. I'll note simply, that one needs a very fast lens and a camera that can handle high ISO shooting to do this kind of work. If you check the EXIF for this image you'll see I was pushing things just about as far as they would go. But I'm pleased with the result and hope others enjoy the effort.

And to my god-daughter sitting on the stage as I took this photo of one of her classmates, congratulations on a job well done!

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