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Little Mermaid

Little Mermaid
Photograph by Amy Toensing

Panayiota Boutis, age four, of East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, dons a seaweed wig on Swim Beach prior to being buried in sand, a family tradition. The Boutis family has vacationed on Monhegan for decades, always renting houses without electricity for a more spartan island experience. “The kids love it,” says mother Darragh Boutis. “They hike and go to the beach everyday, but the girls and I are the only ones that go in the water.” With summer sea temperatures hovering in the mid-fifties (low teens C°), swimming on Monhegan is not for the fainthearted. “It’s cold,” says Panayiota, “but I get used to it.”



Camera: Nikon F100
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50 ISO
Lens: 28mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/250 @ f/5.6
Weather Conditions: Cloudy, hot, and humid
Time of Day: The end of a long summer day
Lighting Techniques: Available light and Nikon SB26 flash with a card


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