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July 12, 2012
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Canon EOS 5D Mark II
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1/250 second
Focal Length
105 mm
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Date Taken
Dec 18, 2011, 2:06:04 PM
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.0 (Windows)
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A U.S. Army Soldier sweeps the ground to locate possible Improvised Explosive Devices as a UH-60
Blackhawk lands outside of the Usmankhel Village, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, Dec. 18, 2011.
(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Kristina Truluck/Released)

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This piece is meaningful and simple in terms of the entire population understanding it. First off, I will say that this has a major impact on Americans who have family and friends fighting in a war. It triggers emotion and you captures that brilliantly! The addition of the helicopter in the back makes for a stunning quality display and can trigger even more memories with the viewers. I love the colors that were captured as well. It makes the war seem colorless and meaningless. It seems to have a mixture of personal and objective criteria. And a picture like this would totally be published in the Times or National Geographic magazine. Your quote underneath it brought the whole piece together. Very well done ^^
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This piece is amazing, in simple words. It conveys the sheer amount of constant danger and stress loaded on these men and women..Just to get to a friendly force but having to sweep for other things trying to kill you is..for lack of better words, impressive that they have to go through so much.
To speak to the image itself, this is beautifully composed, with the soldier being the initial focus, but then the helicopter in the back adds to it, with the blades still blurring from motion, further to the cloud of dust beyond, implying that touchdown was very recent or takeoff imminent..Just everything about this shot makes it interesting to look at and says a lot about all that these men and women have to go through!

(My first critique attempted so hope you like it!)
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CaseyCrenshaw-1 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
great shot
tanikel Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013   Photographer
Thank you!
MikeZadopec Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
A sweeper's job is never done; MikeZ.
tanikel Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013   Photographer
So true.  I couldn't imagine lugging one of those around all day, much less three when we had our air insertions. 
Sev808 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I could've sworn one was never supposed to take a direct route to the chopper.
tanikel Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013   Photographer
I haven't heard that one. 
Sev808 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
An SF guy told me .
Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
Composition, clarity and imagery are perfect. One of my favorite photos on this site. :clap:
tanikel Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013   Photographer
Thank you so much! :dance:
pearwood Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Very well done.
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