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Page10A Monday,October19,2015 DemocratandChronicle. com Photographer’s Choice is a new weekly series highlighting the work of our staff photographers. Whether capturing the beauty of the outdoors or the week’s biggest events, our photographers provide a powerful connection to daily events in our city and towns. Each week we will highlight a different photographer, who will select choice photos from the hundreds they take each month and provide insight into why those photos are favorites. Today we feature Shawn Dowd. Photo galleries will be available at DemocratandChronicle.com, and some of the photos will be featured in print each Monday. SHAWN DOWD/@SDOWDPHOTO/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER THE PHOTO: Swimmers leap off the diving board and into the chilly waters of Enfield Creek at the base of Lower Falls at Robert H. Treman State Park in Ithaca. FROM SHAWN: This summer, outdoors writer Victoria Freile and I started a new series for her “Do It” column featuring state parks. I love the outdoors and hiking so this was a dream assignment to look forward to each month. The challenge was finding one or two elements in each park that was truly unique to just that park. For Treman, it was easy, it had to be the swimming hole, complete with a diving board and located at the base of a really large waterfall. I hope the photo makes people want to go to Treman and jump in. PHOTOGRAPHER’S CHOICE SHAWN DOWD/@SDOWDPHOTO/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER THE PHOTO: Kaydian Hayle of Rochester looks over the vintage Victor Costa dress with duck feather trim as she tries on outfits in preparation for the Ebony Fashion Fair, part of Rochester Fashion Week. FROM SHAWN: Mirrors can be a photographer’s best friend. The trick is to make sure I'm not reflected in it. SHAWN DOWD/@SDOWDPHOTO/ STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER THE PHOTO: Fall colors are slowly starting to appear in Corbett's Glen in Brighton. FROM SHAWN: Fall colors in t he churning waters of a w aterfall – what's not to love? SHAWN DOWD/@SDOWDPHOTO/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER THE PHOTO: Lia Klein raises her arms in celebration as she crosses the finish line in the half marathon at the MVP Health Care Rochester Half & Full Marathon. FROM SHAWN: The bookend photo to the starting line of any race is the finish. To m e, the finish is the best. I just love seeing the pure joy on runners faces as they finish such a tremendous accomplishment. S hawn Dowd grew up on a dairy farm in Argyle, Wash- i ngton County, and graduated from Argyle Central in 1984. He studied at SUNY P otsdam and graduated in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in studio arts with a photography concentration. After working six and ahalf years at the Watertown Daily Times in Jeff erson County, he joined the Democrat and Chronicle in 1994. Shawn now lives in t he city of Rochester but spends as much time as possible hiking the trails of Monroe County and the A dirondacks. You can follow Shawn on Twitter at @ sdowdphoto and on I nstagram at sdowdphoto. SHAWN DOWD/@SDOWDPHOTO/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER THE PHOTO: Friends, family members and neighborhood residents grieve together in the parking lot of the Girls & Boys Club of Rochester during a vigil there one day after a drive-by shooting that killed three people and injured four more. FROM SHAWN: For me, it's a real struggle to cover some of the more serious and horrific crimes in the region. The emotions are so raw and so heightened. I feel so helpless, and invasive at some scenes. But I really think the pain and suffering needs to be photographed and shared with the community. People need to see the consequences and the emotional toll these crimes have.