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December 29, 2011
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Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Shutter Speed
1/250 second
Focal Length
35 mm
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Date Taken
Dec 18, 2011, 2:05:42 PM
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.5 (Windows)
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A U.S. Army Soldier assigned to 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division provides security as a UH-60 Blackhawk lands outside of the Usmankhel Village,
Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, Dec. 18, 2011.  The leadership of 3/10 had participated in a shura, or meeting,  to discuss security gains in the area and Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan's role in providing safety (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Kristina Truluck/Released)

Interesting how perspective can make the most ordinary things look impressive, eh?

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I love the imagery in this photo, it really is quite strong. The composition is great as well with the helicopter in the dust cloud and slightly obscured and the soldier of to the right in the foreground. It gives the photo a solid path for the eyes to follow. I really have only a small problem with this photograph, I really wish that the soldier in the foreground was a bit more in focus. I really do love this photo otherwise though. A very solid composition and strong imagery, I give this photo a 9 out of 10 (only because of the slight blur)
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Shadow-Guardian0 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Student General Artist
How often does a mine sweeper guy find a mine or IED?
tanikel Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014   Photographer
Not often enough. =/
Shadow-Guardian0 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Student General Artist
Oh :( Have you ever seen them find one and destroy/disable it?
tanikel Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014   Photographer
We normally just blow it up.  It was pretty awesome watching them destroy some massive caches.  Miles away and you still get hit in the chest with the shockwave. 
Shadow-Guardian0 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Student General Artist
Thought so, why risk it? I saw the documentery "The hornet's nest" and the little robot blew it up.

I blew up a few pounds of tannerite, legal and not as dangerous, but still fun.
tanikel Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014   Photographer
Explosions and destroying things are fascinating.  I used to bring all kinds of things to my buddy's place to shoot. 
It's a great feeling to destroy an xbox after it gives you the red ring of death.  :evillaugh:
DocMallard Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014
In one image, this captures the feeling of getting out in a hostile area.

tanikel Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014   Photographer
It was an interesting area: the backwoods of the backwoods.
TheJanusProjectFilm Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
Very powerful photo!
tanikel Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014   Photographer
Thanks!  Back when I took this photo, I didn't think that it would be as impactful as it is today.  =D
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