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Breaking Barriers by tanikel Breaking Barriers by tanikel

U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Charles Cook, 4th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division (right) talks with an older village man (left) at Mullayan, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, Nov. 1, 2011. Command Sgt. Maj. Cook had been chatting with the older man about what has been going on in the village and asking how his people are faring. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Kristina Truluck/Released)

Take some time out of your day to chat with a stranger. A little bit of kindness can go a long way.
Be genuine in your words and actions. You never know how you're going to affect someone else.

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Breaking Barriers by =tanikel ( Suggested by FreyaPhotos and Featured by xbastex )
First off, the entire picture is amazing. I love the vision it represents, showing people that those in the USA military ARE huamn beings.
This picture right here show two humans, two people, sitting side by side. Regardless of skin color or where they were born; things like this is how it's supposed to be.
I think the technique is very good; the picture is at the right angle to see both of them and see their expressions without being zoomed in on only their faces.
Overall I love the impact, it really makes me love this picture and what it represents and shows. Compassion is evident; thank you for posting such a wonderful picture. :love:
And congratulations on the DD!! I don't feel I have much to say for a critique, because it's just such a good picture! :heart:
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Emilion-3 Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Well done soldier.
Mizabel Feb 24, 2014  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow. Amazing. I always love a good story between two people. Thanks for sharing.
tanikel Feb 25, 2014   Photographer
Thanks! Photos like this one have been a joy to share. =D
ShowMeTheCarFacts Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Simply inspiring, thank you.
tanikel Feb 15, 2014   Photographer
bobcat303 Jan 3, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
The effect of this is incredible. One thing I would suggest - to be honest, I'm not sure if this is workable, maybe if the two figures were more far off into the distance from the viewer? That would sure be interesting....but the piece already looks pretty good :). Congratulations on the DD, you deserve it!
tanikel Jan 3, 2014   Photographer
No worries!  Your suggestion is how I normally shoot, but there was a
10 foot drop off right behind me.  Not a fall I'd like to have with so much
gear on.  ;p

Thank you!  I honestly wasn't expecting it.  =D
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