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A Coveted Spot
Photograph by Randy Olson

Nirvana! The atoll’s sole bathtub is a daily retreat for engineer David Johnson. Water is furnished by a jury-rigged line leading from a concrete catchment basin, at upper right, installed by a U.S. military unit during World War II. The legendary soaking spot was eagerly anticipated by transient cruising sailors short on fresh water and grown grungy during long, tiring passages. Johnson, a patent attorney with a sideline in electronics, set up a communications system for the atoll, a crucial service for pilots homing in on this tiny speck of terrain in the vast Pacific.



Camera: Leica M6
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Lens: 28mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/30 @ f/5.6
Weather Conditions: Broken clouds
Time of Day: 5 p.m.
Lighting Techniques: Fill strobe





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