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Photography 101: Nighttime Scene in Charleston

The Putnam Standard

EnAct serves Food and Hope By Justin Waybright

ISO: 400 Shutter: 15” Aperture/F-stop: 22 The great thing about night photography is the action that street lights and headlights can play. Simple head and tail lights really come to life in a portrait, if it is taken correctly. There is an obvious challenge you will face: poor ambient lighting. To overcome this, simply raise the camera’s ISO setting to 400 or above. I recommend no more than 400 ISO, because of the lack of noise or graininess this setting produces. Be prepared with either a tripod or something steady on which to lay your camera. The shutter needs to be open for at least 10-20 seconds depending

on the amount of ambient light that is available. On this shot I placed the camera on a porch rail, and then pressed the button to take the shot. With a long shutter speed like the one I used, the camera could not be touched or disturbed for 15 seconds as it completed the exposure. Long shutter speeds can often add creativity and uniqueness to an otherwise dull scene. The best advice: practice and experiment with the shutter speeds your camera has. Just remember: the longer the shutter speed, the longer the camera must remain perfectly still and undisturbed. If the camera is shaken or even experiences the slightest vibration, the exposure will come out blurry and distorted.

WINFIELD - On Nov. 19, crowds of people walked into the Putnam County EnAct building with frowns on their faces. Moments later, these same people walked out with smiles. They came in, one-by-one, down-trodden and financially bruised from the poor economy. Many had jobs, but not enough income to support their families. They may have showed up empty-handed, but they left with boxes full of food, household cleaners and personal hygiene products. One Winfield resident stepped out of her van, feeling beaten down by the current circumstances she was facing. She had no water, power or refrigerator. To make matters tougher, she was bombarded by medical bills. “This time is beyond what you can imagine… I’m hanging on by a thread,” she said. “But, places like this give you hope in the midst of darkness.” More than just food and necessities: hope is what volunteers at EnAct were serving that Monday afternoon. Buffalo resident and volunteer Chris Harmon was happy to help. “I’ve been in those shoes be-

EnAct Volunteers Chris Harmon and Emily Garretson carry boxes of food, hygiene and household items to area residents on Nov. 19. The boxes of food were donated by STAR Motorcycle Club. Photo by Justin Waybright. fore,” he said. “It’s always a pleasure to give back to the community, and I give back any way I can.” Volunteer Emily Garretson agreed. She urged people to seek assistance when they need it. “There are always people out there willing to help you,” she said. “Don’t be afraid to ask for help.” Offering hope and help is what workers at EnAct do every day, and they feel privileged to do it. “We are blessed to be able to help,” said EnAct Putnam County Coordinator Leigh Ann Harmon. “There are so many without, and we can do a little bit to make a dif-

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ference and help them.” Hurricane City Manager Ben Newhouse smiled as he walked into EnAct. Newhouse is a board member with this organization. He was pleased with the efforts it was making in helping area residents. “There are 50,000 people in Putnam County, and 6,000 are on some sort of financial assistance this is over 10 percent” Newhouse said. “EnAct’s goal is to get in, help out and get them to be sustainable. EnAct is trying to help these people get on their feet.” For questions, information or to donate, call EnAct at (304) 7606067.

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