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Mark Comon
An opportunity to do something important!

My wife and I just returned from an amazing four days in Hawaii.  It was an opportunity to record a historic moment.  One of nine surviving USS Arizona sailors was telling his story for the first time and returning to Pearl Harbor to honor his best friend and shipmates.  I was asked to photograph the event and help create a documentary film on the event.  It was physically and emotionally draining yet one of the greatest honors and one of the most important events I have ever covered with my camera.

The Second to the Last to Leave project will be a Ken Burns style documentary film highlighting the harrowing escape of Lauren Bruner and 5 shipmates from the USS Arizona on that fateful morning.  My task was to capture stills of the participants.  Technically it was easy… Nikon D800 with 24-70 and 70-200mm lenses.  Using the natural light, adding fill-flash, close-ups and environmental images all came into play, and was the easy part.  Being unobtrusive, sensitive, respectful and reverent while making the photos was difficult!

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Our cameras can be powerful instruments of creativity and good.  It is a privilege to be included in such a historic project.  What is your project?  How can you use your camera for good?