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A UH-60 Blackhawk lands outside of the Usmankhel Village, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, Dec.
18, 2011. The Blackhawk was transporting Col. Patrick Frank, commander of 3rd Brigade Combat
Team, 10th Mountain Division, to attend a security shura. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Kristina Truluck/Released)



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"Blackhawk" is a beautiful photo, and for many reasons. While there are many photos of helicopters (especially the black hawk,) not many of them focus on the environment or rather the uses originally intended for the vehicle. I believe that this work is different than others for those sole reasons. The environment surrounding the vehicle is, actually, an environment that matches it and actually one of the environments that this helicopter (namely, the Sikorsky UH-60L "Black Hawk",) was intended for. Not only does the photo bring that fact into contrast, but it also highlights some of cherished features of the particular model of helicopter. And beyond that, it extends the view of the environment itself, creating a feeling of solitude and, in my opinion, bravery and courage. You can see the empty terrain extending for what seems like miles beyond the point of interest (the helicopter,) as well as debris, which seems to indicate that the environment has possibly because deserted recently. Overall the atmosphere and focus of this photo are, in my opinion, amazing. And it really is something that I feel deserves recognition for these facts.
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bobcatt Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
having been there, lol just driving to see most of these Shura guys in combat convoys while was over here he rode ina crashhawk this must be good seeing Kandahar was not really a safe place to be coalition when I was there.
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012   Photographer
It's still pretty bad out there, but from what I heard about it before, it's gotten a little better.
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:iconbobcatt:
bobcatt Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
The provional Governor ws evil there.
lol and the one for Logar. "The trouble with you Americans, is that your don't kill enough people.." is fave quoat.
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SushiDesigns Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Student Photographer
Wow nice composition! It has something of a film still.!!
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012   Photographer
Thanks! xD
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bluemallo Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012   Digital Artist
wow... cool
I like that space composition, It makes picture look charming. :)
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:iconrok993:
rok993 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
just perfect...i mean..it is concept and colors combined that made this picture so good..awesome catch..it kinda made me speechless..
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:iconmwentosana:
mwentosana Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing journalistic photo!
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012   Photographer
:bow:
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CrematedMan Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Student Writer
The perspective, distance and clarity make this a really great photo-journalistic piece.
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:iconrainylake:
rainylake Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I love the composition on this. Fantastic work!
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:iconrono:
rono Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Flawless composition.
I love the way the blue sky merges into the earth tones below through the steely blue chopper.
It's perfect.
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Fragile-Eyes-Fiction Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional Photographer
Great picture buddy :) Love the place!
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:icondivinityarcane:
DivinityArcane Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Aside from the critique I posted, I also have to thank you, =tanikel, for submitting this deviation to our community. It's a great photo, from a great photographer.
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012   Photographer
Thank you. =D
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MyChibiKitsune Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
such a great photo. well done. :)
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:iconkazulivingstone:
KazuLivingstone Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012   Digital Artist
That's amazing. Many great stories attached to this picture :D
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:icondancingwithrobots:
dancingwithrobots Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is a very interesting shot. It's simple but really effective. I love the little pieces of debris in the sand in the foreground, and how everything gets blurrier in the distance. Well done :hug:
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goku52004 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
Nice photo
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soumya-digi Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Epics shot!! :iconepiclaplz:
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Nightsabra Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wonderful shot. :D
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sweetpie2 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great picture... very clear even with the dust!
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:iconlogarithmicspiral:
LOGARITHMICSPIRAL Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
looks like that thing haulls ass... pardon my french:)
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012   Photographer
No worries. ;)
It's great fun when they do, haha.
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Suinaliath Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Professional Photographer
Nice! I love the composition and the contrast.
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:iconwimshurst3:
Wimshurst3 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Professional Artist
That's one powerful looking machine. I love it!
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:icondarkenedangel1993:
DarkenedAngel1993 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Really good composition here alongside colour and tone.
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Lupuspax Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
You realy see the power of the bird....

your gw rank are 85% (76)
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:iconroamingtigress:
roamingtigress Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
Great, powerful capture; superb composition.
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kikster19 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
awesome picture :D

looks very very cool! :D
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Issun-mini Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Almost is if it was taken from an eye-level view. And best of all, the camera captured the motion in the rotors! Spectacular!
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:iconscarael:
Scarael Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
nice capture. almost looks like toy in the sand, great perspective :clap:
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:iconr-sphotos:
r-sphotos Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
Great shot, the composition is perfect.
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:iconlunatta:
Lunatta Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very nice shot ^^
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:iconshadoisk:
Shadoisk Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is cool, looks like a super spy mission.
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:iconmcdee2005:
mcdee2005 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Another wonderful shot, and brilliantly composed
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undeadfreak16 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Great capture. I love it.
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raqueruru Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
well done
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Vic-P-Photography Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Professional Photographer
It might sound like an odd thing to be enjoying I guess but in the times I come across your work I like that even your logo of sorts is placed well aesthetically. It's a small touch but one that adds to shot that are always very well composed and cleverly shot.
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tanikel Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012   Photographer
Haha, thanks. I figure the logo is simply an advertising tool. That and no one likes ugly watermarks that take away from the photo. Dx
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TheTaintedKatfox Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
wow =D how did you catch this shot? are you from the army too?
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012   Photographer
Yep, I'm in the Army. I actually wasn't supposed to do this mission, but the Public Affairs soldier shammed out and I took the job of following the Colonel around for the day. xD
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CaptainIreland Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012   Traditional Artist
:D
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georgiagrainger Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is a great shot, I love how the movement of the sand naturally blends the horizon!
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RickyGW Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Fantastic ShoT!
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Kreatiques-x Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What a fantastic shot!
Really amazing! :D
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Renaissance-Redneck Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the framing, well done.
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mumudeckerr Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012   Photographer
awesome!!
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WilljCreations Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
what an amazing capture really great work
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ThatScalieThing Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I've seen quite alot of your photos, and I envy you for having such amazing adventures and stories to tell.
Well done mate.
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Dec 18, 2011, 12:31:19 PM
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