position on Nov. 11, 2013 in the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. The Soldiers were preparing
to render a salute when President Barack Obama's motorcade drove by.
Okay, so...not the greatest caption, but it's personal work and I'm about to crash. It's been a long
and interesting day. Got to chat with fellow vets and give them some entertainment each time the
Howitzer went off. Even got to shake hands with a couple of Medal of Honor recipients (after throwing
them off that I was a female combat vet, gotta keep those old men on their toes).
Also, thank you SoldiersWolf for the correction on ceremonial positions!
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I really like the focus as well as the depth of field. The clean and clear focus on the sole object is fantastic. Additionally the color and bokeh in the background is beautiful.
The main thing I noticed that I wasn't completely fond of was even though you didn't capture the top/head, I would like to see more of the uniform, perhaps if you'd done portrait style or even just further back, capturing from the shoulders down giving a fuller view of the body to the person.
Regardless; this is a beautiful shot and like I said before there is so much I love about it. Great job
***please do not pay attention to the stars, the critique is in what I wrote***
(One of my cohorts had flown in the presidential flight detachment. Said it was the only CH47 he had ever seen that was completely clean -- no hydraulic leaks whatsoever.)
I didn't know those kinds of Chinooks existed! I must've been riding in the red-headed step-child ones.
THIS. This is exactly what I was going for! It's something that the Old Guard does for their ceremonial Soldiers (no name tapes, no rank, similar hair cuts, similar body shapes, etc.).
And lol how nice cx
This guy is lucky I can't see his face he should be tucking his thumb better. lol
"The Old Guard" there were doing a "Cordon" mission. (In this picture anyway) The soldiers lining the road will technically "Present Arms" and not salute if they are carrying a weapon. If you want to add to your caption more you can talk about the synchronized movements the soldiers execute/display in rippling down the line orders given to them.
Were you at the Tomb at all when the wreath was laid?
Agreed. I've been talking with the recruiter at Meyers about getting assigned there once I'm cleared from the post-partum program. I'd love to get into Caisson platoon, but I doubt that's feasible.
I completely forgot that it was called Cordon, thanks again! I honestly can't remember, but I'm about 80% sure that they executed a regular salute.
Unfortunately not. We got there at the same time as the POTUS, so everything was blocked off while the entourage traveled to the tomb. Got some of the various associations laying wreaths, I've just got to get the time to do the final touch-ups. However, I do have a really shitty photo of the president waving to the opposite side of the street.
If you mean regular for the Old Guard... then yeah. Though I could be getting nit picking again present arms in the Old Guard is a 3 count movement from attention and four going back down to attention with a m14 rifle. Everything has to be different from regular army if I learned anything about the Old Guard. If were talking hand salutes the only difference would be the position of attention.
Well, anyway good luck and congrats.
I noticed that! Their actions are definitely a lot snappier and precise. Then again, D&C is hardly taught in basic or AIT nowadays.
Ceremonial composure, snappiness, and precision were the bread and butter that also dictated that we walk through every mud pit, hole, turd, and fresh graves like they weren't there. lol
You're right about the D&C though, D&C with an M4 or any AR15 series is seriously awkward.