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SEPTEMBER 2017

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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

LOCAL LENS

BY CHRISTOPHER SHEA

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ŠTRBSKÉ PLESO, SLOVAKIA

Please submit your

favorite, recent

photograph to be

considered for Local

Lens. Images must be

high resolution (at least

300 dpi at 8” x 10”, or 1

MB or larger) and must

not be in print elsewhere.

Please include a short

description of the scene/

event, as well as your

name, brief biodata and

the type of camera used,

to

locallens@afsa.org.

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aken in the pitch black of night, this photo captures the calm of Štrbské

Pleso and the stars over the High Tatras Mountains of beautiful north-

ern Slovakia. The glacial lake is located in High Tatras National Park at

an elevation of about 4,200 feet above seal level. This area is used as

the Winter Olympics training ground for the Slovak nation.

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Chris Shea, a Foreign Service specialist, served as the information technology officer

in Bratislava from 2014 to 2016. He joined the Foreign Service in 2009 and has served

overseas in Zagreb, Bratislava and Erbil. He visited Štrbské Pleso during his last six days

in country, and shot this photo at 1:30 a.m., using a Panasonic GH-4, 20mm, fl.7, 26-sec

exposure, 400 ISO.