The Foreign Service Journal, September 2017

106 SEPTEMBER 2017 | THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL LOCAL LENS BY CHRISTOPHER SHEA n 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 T 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. n 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.