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Canon EOS 5D Mark II
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1/60 second
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Feb 25, 2012, 12:40:27 PM
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Oh, the things you find when re-organizing your 2TB hard drive from Afghanistan. xD

One of the interpreters shot this of me when I was talking with a handful of local women and their husbands. They were so shocked to see a female soldier (one of the men offered our 'terp 10,000 AFS and a goat for me xD) and moreso when they found out that I left a two year-old boy back home.

It was nice to just sit back and chat while feeding and playing with this little six month-old baby - a little bit of normalcy snatched in the middle of the war.
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Observer14 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful shot.  Building relationships and understanding....  From our vantage point, it's awful easy to see these Afghans as good guys and bad guys, but more players on a chess board or a political narrative.   Then, along comes an image like this, and we are reminded that they really are humans like us. ;-)

Blessings!
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tanikel Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015   Photographer
Thanks!  I'm glad my interpreter was relentless in getting this shot of me, it's an awesome memory. 
=D
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Observer14 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, exactly!  Funny to be on the other side of the lens, eh? ;-)
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tanikel Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015   Photographer
It is!  Most of the time I'm in front of the lens, even unintentionally, I'm making faces.  :lmao:
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Observer14 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
HA!  True.  The best kind.   ;-)
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soulessone12 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014
great picture
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tanikel Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014   Photographer
Thanks!  Though I can't take credit for being the photographer on this one, it was my interpreter.  =D
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CID228 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist
I agree with pearwood...

:heart:
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tanikel Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014   Photographer
Then you haven't seen the faces that I normally make when being photographed.  ;p
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Unam-et-solum Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014   Digital Artist
Amazing stuff. Doing what you're doing is a big inspiration.
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tanikel Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014   Photographer
Thank you.  I know it sounded redundant, but reading things like your comment is inspiring, haha.  It motivates me to keep fighting to get back out there one of these days. 
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Unam-et-solum Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014   Digital Artist
You're welcome. Doesn't sound redundant at all - I think we all have a part to play and we should thank you for the part your playing.

Love seeing the photos of soldiers with civilians.
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pearwood Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
:heart:
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Shadowed-DarkNinja Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg that baby is too cute!
Beautiful shot! 
But lol I can't help but laugh alittle at their reaction xD
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tanikel Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014   Photographer
She is!  It's weird to think she'll be about three years old and running around now. 
It happens more often than you think, but this was one of the more creative offers. 
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Shadowed-DarkNinja Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awww cx
oh wow lol
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MRWHITE81 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
awesome photo
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JARM13 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cheap at twice the price . Glad you made it back safely .
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pearwood Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
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tanikel Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013   Photographer
:glomp:
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pearwood Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
One tough and beautiful woman.  
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tanikel Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013   Photographer
Dunno about the second, but there's a reason why my old teammate and I are nicknamed "Team Mule".  ;p
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pearwood Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:D
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
A beautiful photo! :clap:
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tanikel Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013   Photographer
Thanks!  Though all the credit goes toward Jon.  He did a great job for that being his first time using a 'real' camera, haha. 
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Elven-Samurai Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
That's very cool! 8-)
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I-Am-Madbat Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
$200 and a goat? Tell em to toss in a bouquet of kittens at the very least. :P
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tanikel Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013   Photographer
Haha!  One of our officers tried pawning me off for a horse after I told him I'd sell my soul for one.  xD
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I-Am-Madbat Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
Nope...hold out for the kittens.
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bergunty Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the story behind this photo :)
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tanikel Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013   Photographer
:dance:
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PyrrhaTitana21 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist
Awww how cute xD
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JapanRules555 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
You didn't look shy when you took this picture.
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tanikel Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013   Photographer
I wasn't aware John was taking this. He's a ginger ninja. xD
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JapanRules555 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
how come you didn't look away when he took it?
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tanikel Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013   Photographer
...I was thinking of a totally different photo. >.<

Though I do have a habit of making faces when the camera is pointed at me lol. I just think I look goofy when I smile.
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JapanRules555 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
You don't look goofy when you smile.
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing capture. Very touching image. :aww:
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tanikel Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012   Photographer
Thanks!
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome. :)
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Ruby288 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional Photographer
Aww I love it Kristina :)
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tanikel Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012   Photographer
Thank you! :dance:
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Ruby288 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional Photographer
hehe your so welcome
love ya sista :hug:

Have a very Merry Christmas :)
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Distilledwasteland Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Student Artist
I never thought female soldiers where deployed into combat O.o
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tanikel Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012   Photographer
We're ninjas. ;p
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Distilledwasteland Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Student Artist
I could see that XD actually i wouldn't lol
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tanikel Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012   Photographer
Skills, haha.
Granted, we're all support MOSs and not combat arms, but some of us can hang with he boys. xD
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Distilledwasteland Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Student Artist
That's cool lol what branch are you?
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tanikel Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012   Photographer
Army.
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Distilledwasteland Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Student Artist
Oh sick! I'm wanting to get into the Air Force after high school
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