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The Graduate
Photograph by Jim Richardson

The entire senior class of Peerless High School in the hamlet of Peerless, Montana, poses for a graduation picture in front of the local grain elevator. Chris Roos was the only senior in the student body of 14 kids last year, but it didn't bother him one bit. "In school I had every opportunity—art, athletics, music, and drama," says Roos, currently studying mining engineering at Montana Tech in Butte, 500 miles (805 kilometers) away. Like many farm youth of the Plains, Roos says he'd like to return to his hometown someday to raise a family, though with no mines nearby, he admits it's unlikely.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F100
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia 100
Lens: Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8
Speed and F-Stop: 1/30 @ f/4    
Weather Conditions: Overhead clouds
Time of Day: Sunset
Lighting Techniques: I waited for the sun to break out from under the clouds right at sunset.
Special Equipment or Comments: We only had moments when the sun broke out and made beautiful light to make this shot.


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