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Guarding the Land
Photograph by Robb Kendrick

Mike Mowray, a firefighter based at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's Elko office, poses with a tool of his trade. Mowray and his colleagues are responsible for fire suppression on 7.5 million acres (3 million hectares) of federal land. Recent years have had an average of 300 wildfires, burning a million acres (400,000 hectares) a year from 1999 to 2001.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: 8 x 10 view camera
Film Type: 5 x 7 metal plate
Lens: Holmes Booth and Hayden circa 1863
Speed and F-Stop: Two seconds @ f/4
Weather Conditions: Sunny and clear
Time of Day: 10 a.m.   
Lighting Techniques: Used a diffuser to soften the sunlight


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