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December 23, 2011
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Canon EOS 5D Mark II
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1/125 second
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105 mm
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Date Taken
Dec 18, 2011, 12:31:19 PM
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.0 (Windows)
Blackhawk by tanikel Blackhawk by tanikel

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)

My military imagery is available for public domain. As the photographer, I don't have control over
how you may use it, but I ask that it be done with respect to the individuals represented here.
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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.
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.
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.
SushiDesigns Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Student Photographer
Wow nice composition! It has something of a film still.!!
tanikel Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012   Photographer
Thanks! xD
bluemallo Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012   Digital Artist
wow... cool
I like that space composition, It makes picture look charming. :)
rok993 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
just perfect...i is concept and colors combined that made this picture so good..awesome kinda made me speechless..
mwentosana Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing journalistic photo!
tanikel Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012   Photographer
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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