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Picture This: Worth the Wait

Published: Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 10:45 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 9:26 a.m. CDT
(Monica Maschak - mmaschak@shawmedia.com)
Austin Machin, 9, of Cub Scout Pack 134 looks up proudly after sawing off a piece of wood Saturday at the annual Klondike Derby at the Sycamore Sportsman's Club.

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Sometimes it’s well worth the wait.

I spent part of Saturday outdoors with Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts at their annual Klondike Derby in Sycamore, taking photos for an article that ran Monday.

It was one of the warmer days recently and there was a fresh 4-inch coat of fresh powder on the ground.

As a Girl Scout growing up, our troop camped during the warmer months and stayed indoors during the winter months, so it was a little surprising to see the tents at the Sportsman’s Club property in Sycamore, where the Scouts had slept the night before.

At the derby, the boys – with their troops and packs – traveled to different stations and earned points based on how well they performed a certain activity.

In this photo, the Cub Scout pack was learning to use a saw at the log-cutting station, because wood was needed to build a fire to keep warm and cook food. In this case, the boys took turns sawing away.

As a photographer, it’s all about waiting for the moment, but often you find waiting for that moment doesn’t always work out.

In this photo, it did.

I saw that Austin Machin, 9, was determined to keep going until he sawed off the whole piece of wood. After all, the boys were sawing against the clock to earn points for the derby.

So, I crouched down and waited.

Machin finished the sawing and his packmates, who were sitting on the piece of wood to keep it stable, gave a reaction framed by the saw he lifted in triumph.

Reaction and composition are gold to a photographer. 

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