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Patrolling The Levee by Gene Walls

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It was a crisp October evening, just after sunset. I could see that everything was completely under control. The bicycle police officer was peddling his beat on the levee beside the Bowman Field parking lot in Williamsport, PA, USA.

I later learned that this is Patrolman McGee of the Williamsport City Police Department. His wife recognized his profile in this photograph. My next door neighbor let me know the whole story behind this picture. Her son just happens to be engaged to Officer McGee’s niece. I had no idea about any of this until a year after the shot was taken. I guess the City of Williamsport is really just a small town after all.

This image was captured handheld on October 30th, 2007, with a Canon EOS 10D camera through a Canon EF 35-350mm f/3.5-5.6L USM professional lens zoomed to 120mm, shot at 1/500th sec @ f/4.5.

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© 2009 Gene Walls

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Hello, My name is Gene. I live in the Susquehanna river valley (West Branch), in the mountains of north central Pennsylvania. I strive to produce photographic images that are simply “true” to the subject, usually with minimal post processing. If something is beautiful or interesting enough to deserve a viewer’s attention, it justifies being captured just as it is …or as close to reality as possible.

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  • MichelleR
    MichelleRalmost 6 years ago

    This is a very cool image. Nice work.

  • Gene Walls
    Gene Wallsalmost 6 years ago



  • Elfriede Fulda
    Elfriede Fuldaalmost 6 years ago

    I just love looking at this…makes me smile, love the colors and contrast…

  • Thank you so much!


    – Gene Walls

  • RonnieGinnever
    RonnieGinneveralmost 6 years ago


  • Thanks!


    – Gene Walls

  • Wanda Raines
    Wanda Rainesalmost 6 years ago

    Wonderful silhouette of the bicylce officer. Came out great for the time of day and being handheld.

  • Thanks for your very thoughtful comment Wanda!


    – Gene Walls

  • jchanders
    jchandersalmost 6 years ago

    Just the sort of silhouette shot that I like!

  • Thank you very much! I am very pleased that you like it!


    – Gene Walls

  • jlynn
    jlynnover 5 years ago

    Excellent and thought provoking!!

  • Thank you very much! We were waiting in a long line at an event when my son asked me to quickly capture this shot. It wasn’t until later that I realized just what he had seen in this moment.

    I really appreciate your kind comment!


    – Gene Walls

  • BigD
    BigDover 5 years ago

    Excellent capture, Gene

  • Thanks a bunch, BigD!


    – Gene Walls

  • Virginia N. Fred
    Virginia N. Fredover 5 years ago

    Fantastic silohuette

  • Thank you so much!


    – Gene Walls

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 5 years ago

    Congratulations for being in the top ten of the Silhouette challenge in Canon DSLR . Very well deserved!

  • Thank you very much, Kathy! I didn’t even know about it until I saw your kind comment! Much appreciated!

    Best wishes,


    – Gene Walls

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