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Candlelight vigil

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Nikki Kalra lights candles while leading a prayer during a candlelight vigil at Deshmesh Darbar Temple in Lodi on Aug. 6. Members of the Sikh temple joined with members of other religious communities to express solidarity with families affected by a mass shooting on Aug. 5 that killed six people at a Sikh temple outside Milwaukee, Wis. (Camera: Nikon D3s. Lens: Sigma 70-200 at 185mm. Exposure: 1/50th sec. at f/2.8. ISO: 12800)

Photographer’s note: Candlelight vigils can often be difficult to shoot. They are generally dark, and people can be emotional. They also provide moving photos. In this case, the tragic event happened in Wisconsin and the vigil was at the local Sikh temple, so they were very welcoming. I composed this photo so the candle was centered (take that, rule of thirds!) and the woman was just on the edge of the frame. Enough to show the character in her face.

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