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Local elders converse during a shura, or meeting, held at the Usmankhel Village, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, Dec. 18,
2011. The men were gathered to discuss security gains in their area and Government of the Islamic Republic
of Afghanistan's (GIRoA) role in providing safety. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Kristina Truluck/Released)



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bear48 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015  Professional
sweet 
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015   Photographer
Thank you.  =D
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ChOcOlAtE-Ryuu Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful shot, perfect time of day for a photo and a great moment- the suns position gives such a beautiful light to your subjects and the clear focus in the background and blurred in the foreground looks excellent, and the smiles are simply precious
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tanikel Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014   Photographer
Thank you! 
It's nice photographing subjects with a good sense of humor.  ;)
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Mechatherium Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Beautiful image!
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014   Photographer
Thank you!
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Shadow-Guardian0 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Student General Artist
What were they smiling or laughing at?
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014   Photographer
The elder was trying to spice up the shura with jokes and witty comments.
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Shadow-Guardian0 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Student General Artist
I'm unfamiliar with a shura. Leader of sorts?
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014   Photographer
It's usually a village meeting, tons of chai tea and food involved.  =D
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CelidahD Featured By Owner Edited Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's just not a party without chai!
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tanikel Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014   Photographer
And the massive amount of sugar they include!  :la:
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CelidahD Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Heck yeah. It's not a proper chai unless it contains about 3 boatloads of sugar. :purpelblur: 
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tanikel Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014   Photographer
Enough to last a normal person a week!  :lmao:
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Shadow-Guardian0 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Student General Artist
Oh. I'm dumb.
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tanikel Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014   Photographer
Nah, I just have a bad habit of assuming everyone knows everything.  I'm used to being around people who've been in the military twice as long as me.  xD
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AndersStangl Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014
Nice composition and colours, I like that the man in the foreground isn't in focus it makes this shot a little bit different and fresh!

I think the shot would benefit from making the sky darker, it's to bright so my eyes have a tendency to go there taking away the focus from the subject. I also think you should try to tone down the bright object in the lower left corner.
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tanikel Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014   Photographer
Goal accomplished!  ;)

Thank you again for the suggestions!  Can I kidnap you and make you my editor?  Staring at images for hours between culling, captioning, and post-production makes one blind to even some of the more obvious flaws.  :lmao:
I can pay in food and entertainment via crazy children!
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AndersStangl Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014
My pleasure, if I ever make it to the US you owe me a cup of coffee, let me know if you want more feedback ! Yes looking on a image for to long can make you blind, I guess the best way would be to let the edit rest for a day or two before publishing.

I never do that but sometimes I wish I did.... Waaaah! 
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tanikel Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014   Photographer
You got it! 

I wish I had the luxury of waiting a few days, unfortunately I'm often stuck on a 24 hour turnaround.  =/
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AndersStangl Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014
Wow...then you have no choice other than to go with what feels right !
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014   Photographer
Unfortunately.  Dx
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WorldWar-Tori Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014   General Artist
I like (and appreciate) this one very much. It shows soul, beauty, humanity - even in what much of America would find in a gathering to be unappealing - this, shows exactly what brings us all together :heart: beautiful work.
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tanikel Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014   Photographer
Thanks!  I loved the opportunities to photograph everyday events in the middle of combat.  It was surreal, knowing that chaos was going on not far from where we were, and the men in this village were hosting a town meeting of sorts.
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turbosuo Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014
Its pictures like this that give me hope for humanity.  Despite all the horrors that these people have gone through they still find it within themselves to smile.  That's a strength of character that I admire greatly.
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tanikel Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014   Photographer
They're an incredibly resilient people.  It was amazing to see how much they appreciated the little things - even just bringing breakfast to their gate guards was seen as a massive gesture or sitting down with the kids or women and just chatting. 
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pearwood Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
A tough place to be.
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tanikel Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014   Photographer
Indeed.  :nod:

I'd love to see it again if the conflict ever fades. Many of the villagers I met were some of the kindest and most open people; a complete 180 from the majority of folks in the states. 
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pearwood Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
There were an awful lot of vets who make the trek back to Viet Nam to see the incredible beauty of its people and land in a time of peace.
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tanikel Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014   Photographer
That sounds like an amazing adventure. 
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jalu3 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011
They have probably witnessed more warfare then most soldiers.
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tanikel Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011   Photographer
I wouldn't be surprised.
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JackandBerrie101 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
they look cute in a way ^^
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tanikel Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011   Photographer
They kinda remind me of cuddly bears. xD
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JackandBerrie101 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i know :iconsocuteplz:
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