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May 18, 2012
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Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Shutter Speed
1/200 second
Focal Length
105 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Feb 23, 2012, 2:54:34 PM
Adobe Photoshop CC (Windows)
Sensor Size
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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

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.
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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
tanikel Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014   Photographer
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 
tanikel Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014   Photographer
Aw, thanks!  I loved it out there, interacting with all kinds of different people and cultures. 
AlexSkullUterna Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
Fine photo!
tanikel Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014   Photographer
Thank you!
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.
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.
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!
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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