Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login
Landing by tanikel Landing by tanikel
111218-A-VB845-217

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?


Featured:
Equine n Military Features | Journal feature 1: Human photography | Photography Feature | Comment Month: November Conclusion! | First Feature! | Feature number 66 | April Birthdays!



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.
Add a Comment:
 
:iconnumb1:
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)
What do you think?
The Artist thought this was FAIR
6 out of 6 deviants thought this was fair.

The Artist has requested Critique on this Artwork

Please sign up or login to post a critique.

:iconshadow-guardian0:
Shadow-Guardian0 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Student General Artist
How often does a mine sweeper guy find a mine or IED?
Reply
:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014   Photographer
Not often enough. =/
Reply
:iconshadow-guardian0:
Shadow-Guardian0 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Student General Artist
Oh :( Have you ever seen them find one and destroy/disable it?
Reply
:icontanikel:
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. 
Reply
:iconshadow-guardian0:
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.
Reply
:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014   Photographer
Exactly. 
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:
Reply
:icondocmallard:
DocMallard Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014
In one image, this captures the feeling of getting out in a hostile area.

-Doc
Reply
:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014   Photographer
It was an interesting area: the backwoods of the backwoods.
Reply
:iconthejanusprojectfilm:
TheJanusProjectFilm Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
Very powerful photo!
Reply
:icontanikel:
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
Reply
:iconmeowpic:
MeowPic Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
This is so powerful and well executed. Nice balance as well. 
Reply
:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014   Photographer
Thank you!
Reply
:iconsillypots:
sillypots Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
This is a great perspective as you said. Extremely well done.
Reply
:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014   Photographer
Thank you again.  Low-perspective shots are one of my favorites. 
Reply
:iconsquirrels-are-evil:
squirrels-are-evil Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Bad ass photo, this deserves a DD as well
Reply
:iconsyinthetic:
syinthetic Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
i really admire your courage. going to battlefield and all that. i couldnt do that ... not because i would be scared (but i probably would be) but, there are so many sadness there. i dont know if i could live with that :(
Reply
:iconcommander-dominic:
Commander-Dominic Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
Awesome.
Reply
:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014   Photographer
Thank you!
Reply
:iconcommander-dominic:
Commander-Dominic Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
Your welcome.
Reply
:iconlimarieinred:
limarieinred Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Perfectly framed!
Reply
:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014   Photographer
Thanks!
Reply
:iconcontemporaryhart:
contemporaryhart Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
Classic shot!
Reply
:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014   Photographer
Thanks!
Reply
:iconcowboycrocket:
CowboyCrocket Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Student
You're right about how perspective can change the way a picture is conveyed. I feel like something bigger is about to happen.
Reply
:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014   Photographer
If only! 
In reality, all we did was stand up and get into the bird.  So exciting.  ;p
Reply
:iconkevoka:
kevoka Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
The this photo is a wonderful visualization of the phrase "the fog of war". We are clear about what happens near us, off in the distance it gets hazy.
Reply
:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014   Photographer
True!  I never thought about it that way.  It's definitely true with all of that moondust out there.  ;p
Reply
:iconkevoka:
kevoka Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
Haze has many meanings in that phrase. :)
Reply
:icondeltapotamus:
Deltapotamus Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome shot!  Do you work as a photographer for the army?  (i'm not all that familiar with all the enlisted MOSes)
Are you attached to a specific brigade/battalion/company or do you move around?
Reply
:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013   Photographer
Thanks!
Yep, I'm currently working for the only combat camera unit in the army, but we attach to various divisions on down depending on the mission.
Reply
:iconworldwar-tori:
WorldWar-Tori Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013   General Artist
Amazing; the framing and angle are fantastic. Awesome photo :heart:
Reply
:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013   Photographer
Thank you!  It was actually a lucky shot, I didn't think anything of it until my editor said something. 
Reply
:iconworldwar-tori:
WorldWar-Tori Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013   General Artist
You're welcome :heart:
It's quite nice, I would've had to say something too :nod:
Reply
:iconsobohrami:
SobohRami Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome perspective for the shot ,great job !
Reply
:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013   Photographer
Thank you!  It's one of my favorite viewpoints to shoot.  =D
Reply
:iconsobohrami:
SobohRami Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you are welcome ! :D
Reply
:iconjohn-peter:
John-Peter Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I agree! The perspective here is really amazing :)
Also i love the composition and the execution :clap:
Reply
:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013   Photographer
Thank you! It's inspired me to get on my stomach or crouch more often when I'm shooting. :giggle:
Reply
:iconjohn-peter:
John-Peter Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome! Military photography looks full of action :D
Reply
:iconendlessfighter:
EndlessFighter Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I love this! it's so simple, yet so powerful! I especially love how the soldier is in clear focus while everything else appears 'blurry' because of the sand being blown up by the helicopter.

Great work!
Reply
:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013   Photographer
Thank you!  I love it when the birds do this...unless I'm having to run in that dust, that part sucks.  :giggle:
Reply
:iconamisulpride-dreams:
Amisulpride-Dreams Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
I don't usually comment or favourite things but this caught my eye in the "World-by-lenses" deviation notifications. I love the setting and the angle it was taken from. This shot in general is just perfect
Reply
:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013   Photographer
Thank you!  Glad that it caught your eye.  :dance:
Reply
:iconjeffprice:
JeffPrice Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow!  I was at SIK the day this was shot. That's a great image, is all the dust from the helo or was the dust fog then?

-jeff
Reply
:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013   Photographer
Should've come to Pasab!  :shakefist:
Dust, dust and more dust.
Reply
:iconjeffprice:
JeffPrice Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah.  Everybody talked about how great the DFAC was compared to ours.  It's funny what seems important.

We weren't allowed out into civilized company.  :(
Reply
:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013   Photographer
Food was super important.  :nod:
I liked our little DFAC on the Cav/grunt side of the FOB.  The food was nice at the big one, but it was too far of a walk and generally involved too much brass. 
Reply
:iconclippercarrillo:
clippercarrillo Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Professional Photographer
Absolutely beautiful composition. 
Reply
:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013   Photographer
Thank you!  =D
Reply
:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Professional
very fine work
Reply
Add a Comment:
 
×




Details

Submitted on
December 29, 2011
Image Size
107 KB
Resolution
1000×667
Submitted with
Sta.sh
Link
Thumb
Embed

Stats

Views
11,953
Favourites
754 (who?)
Comments
253

Camera Data

Make
Canon
Model
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Shutter Speed
1/250 second
Aperture
F/7.1
Focal Length
35 mm
ISO Speed
100
Date Taken
Dec 18, 2011, 2:05:42 PM
Software
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.5 (Windows)
×