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Afghan National Army Soldiers patrol down a road in the Maiwand District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, Feb. 23, 2012. The purpose of the mission was to clear the area of improvised explosive devices and to deny the enemy freedom of movement and evacuation. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Kristina Truluck/Released)

Nothing like having strong winds cutting through all of your gear when you're walking at least three miles a day
with frequent long stops. This guy was smart, he brought something to keep his face warm. The rest of us
just suffered. Dx

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I like how you can see the soldier up front, nice and clear, while showing what else is happening in the background. The shine on the gun and the details of his outfit are good, however I feel it could have been a little better in showing his face (or what's present of it).
Perhaps if you were a bit closer to him and just panned the camera a bit more towards his gun we would see a little more of what he is seeing, while at the same time you wouldn't have to compromise the soldiers lined up in the background. We would also then get a closer look at his personal details and the viewer might get a better sense/feeling for the situation, which could lead to a better attachment to the photo, or a bigger/better impact if you will.
Other then that, this is still a really good photo. I like the colours and even the blurry tracks on the ground in front of him. Good use of the "rule" of thirds in this as well.
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JR-Imagery Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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tanikel Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014   Photographer
:w00t!:
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kaffeinaddict Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014   General Artist
I seriously love all your military photos. All the tense and heat really shows up in them.. Worship 
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tanikel Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014   Photographer
Aw, thanks!  I loved it out there, interacting with all kinds of different people and cultures. 
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AlexSkullUterna Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
Fine photo!
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tanikel Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014   Photographer
Thank you!
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Luna1282 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
A very imposing photo.  The depth of field is spot on and the use of curves is perfect.  My eye first focused on the the solider in the foreground and the slowly followed the curved line of the soldiers.  There is something about the colors I just like.  It seems either you got the lighting just right or found a nice balance in the use of saturation.  The highlights and the shadows are perfectly balanced.  Neither is blown out or burnt out.  A very stunning photograph.
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serel Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
The focus in this photo is really great in my opinion. While I would be interested in seeing more or the surrounding, you got the soldier perfectly sharp. All those details on his uniform and expression is just on spot sharp. Also thanks for the information about the photo.
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Seeraeuber Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello Kristina,
a very good shot, as always :D

You made a very good use of the shallow depth of field, together with a main subject clear upfront, and a nice curve of other soldiers in the background :) The only thing that interrupts the curve are the guys standing in the right-hand side of the picture - damn those combobreakers :D

Keep up the good work!
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tanikel Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014   Photographer
Thank you.  Ha!  I didn't even notice that!  There's always at least one in every group.  :lmao:
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Seeraeuber Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
"You had to be that guy, didn't you?" :D :D :D
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tanikel Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014   Photographer
All. The. Time. 
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Shadow-Guardian0 Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Student General Artist
Smart cookie he is, you do that next time.
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tanikel Featured By Owner May 12, 2014   Photographer
What's sad is that I had the scarf that I use to distinguish myself as a female stowed away in my main bag...all the way back in the vehicle.  That lesson was definitely learned.
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Shadow-Guardian0 Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Student General Artist
Pfffffffff, so close and then you forgot. Why distuingish as a female? So you can talk to/pat down muslim females?
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tanikel Featured By Owner May 13, 2014   Photographer
I have the memory of a goldfish.  :la:
Yup to both.  They're happy that we do our best to adhere to their culture with the scarves since all genders look alike in uniform.
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Shadow-Guardian0 Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Student General Artist
The myth that goldfish have bad memories was proved wrong. They can even teach others tricks. But that aside, well, try to remember next time! Just keep one stuffed in your pocket ;D
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DocMallard Featured By Owner May 7, 2014
We had the REAL wool scarves available when I was in!

-Doc
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner May 7, 2014   Photographer
I hear it's wonderfully warm, I just couldn't get over the itchiness of it. 
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Millitrix Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Student General Artist
Beautiful shot! 
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tanikel Featured By Owner May 7, 2014   Photographer
Thanks!
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Millitrix Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Student General Artist
No problem!
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RuntOfTheLitter Featured By Owner May 7, 2014
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tanikel Featured By Owner May 7, 2014   Photographer
:salute:
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pearwood Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful portrait, Kristina.  I like the shallow depth of field as the line of soldiers curves along the diagonal.
Steve
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tanikel Featured By Owner May 7, 2014   Photographer
Thanks Steve!  The curve was what had caught my eye.  =D
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Splendid capture. :)
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Sev808 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Looks like the ANA are getting better equipment. At first when I saw these guys my expectations were really low. :/
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tanikel Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012   Photographer
They are. Unfortunately, the good soldiers in the ANA are still few and far between. Many of them just lack the motivation and still don't give a damn. =/
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Sev808 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
And the rest of the time can't hit the broadside of a barn but can his a friendly dead between the eyes. :/
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012   Photographer
So true. =/
We've had a few close calls with some of those.
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Sev808 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
At least the Taliban and foreign fighters are even worse in direct combat...once they lose the element of surprise they bug out.
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Kreatiques-x Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a very good shot. Very clear and a great idea!
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BonnieWoodson Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I especially like your composition, with the curved line of soldiers leading your eye out of the photo. Brilliant! ‎:thumbsup:
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tanikel Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012   Photographer
Thank you! =D
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MadGrass Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
excellent!
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Vorwerg81 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great!
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mackilvane Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I love how you framed this - well done
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tanikel Featured By Owner May 20, 2012   Photographer
Thanks! =D
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