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A U.S. Army Soldier assigned to the 3rd Infantry Regiment, "The Old Guard", stands at the ceremonial at-ease
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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There is actually a lot I really like about this photo. First I love the way the face doesn't how, normally this would annoy me as I want to "know" this person; but the general respect I find towards such person gives the anonymity an interesting feel.

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

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WorldWar-Tori Featured By Owner May 22, 2014   General Artist
:wave: Hello, this has been featured in this Memorial Day Feature! Have a great weekend :heart:
[I featured a few of your images, but I won't spam you with this. :)]
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morningstarskid Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Professional Artist
Yep...Lost Another One..( no names till They Bring The Flag)....i know who is coming home...


You Did Great....I Know One whos's coming Home... STAND TALL....

WELL DONE!!
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tanikel Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013   Photographer
It's always hard welcoming folks home when they're in a box.  =(
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morningstarskid Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Professional Artist
Yep...yep...  Stand tall.. 
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SobohRami Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great shot !
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Gunnut51 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
:iconsaluteplz:
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tanikel Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013   Photographer
:salute:
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lukiesyaya Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:)  Superman   :heart:
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tanikel Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013   Photographer
:glomp:
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lukiesyaya Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:D
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bear48 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Professional
moving
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tanikel Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013   Photographer
Thank you!  =D
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BidboroughStreet Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013
Interesting perspective.
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tanikel Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013   Photographer
Thank you. 
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pearwood Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Cold steel and warm sun.

It's odd, and perhaps fitting, that no-one does down and dirty quite like the US military, but nobody matches them in spit and polish either.

A lot of character in that shot.
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tanikel Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013   Photographer
Absolutely!  If I remember correctly, the majority of TOG consists of infantrymen, which makes it almost comical.  They were ridiculous to work with downrange.  :giggle:
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pearwood Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh, I can believe it.  I love the shot, by the way.

(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.)
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tanikel Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013   Photographer
Thanks!

I didn't know those kinds of Chinooks existed!  I must've been riding in the red-headed step-child ones.  :giggle:
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pearwood Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Normally it would be an emergency condition - out of hydraulic fluid!
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tanikel Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013   Photographer
Screw that!  With the way that the pilots liked to mess around with the first-flighters, I'd be scared to death!
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pearwood Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:D
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Ayahne Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013
There is a nice perspective, and the autumns colors in the background gives nice effect. The flew of the graves and the peoples allows to go on some fantasist interpretation (ghost, souls, personification of the sadness ?). If i go more far in the interpretations, there is the soldier, without head, so without identity, personification of all the soldiers ? 
(Blame the French Teacher for that interpretations we're studying the hidden senses XD)
On a more visual plan... Well, it's nice : ) Colors are good, framing is good, shadows gives nice effect, it's very well-defined... Good job ! 
The teen.
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tanikel Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013   Photographer
"there is the soldier, without head, so without identity, personification of all the soldiers"
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.).  :hug:
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Ayahne Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
Really ? I didn't know that. Well, that's a good idea, it's respectful, i think : ) 
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LucyFaerie Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013
Very nice!
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tanikel Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013   Photographer
Thank you!
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LucyFaerie Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013
You're welcome.
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Shadowed-DarkNinja Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great capture!
And lol how nice cx
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tanikel Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013   Photographer
Thank you!  My history-buff husband was in heaven despite the foot-traffic we had to deal with.  :giggle:
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Shadowed-DarkNinja Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome!
Haha, I see xD
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SoldiersWolf Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It's actually a modified "At Ease" called "Ceremonial At Ease".

This guy is lucky I can't see his face he should be tucking his thumb better. lol
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tanikel Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013   Photographer
Thanks for the correction!  This was my first time doing legitimate ceremonial documentation and it obviously shows, haha. 
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SoldiersWolf Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Correction for myself presenting with a hand, rifle or cannon, sword, etc is a salute. I'm nit picking things that don't need to be nit picked. Haha, them die hard habits.
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tanikel Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013   Photographer
No worries.  I have a buddy that's former Old Guard that's the same way. 
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SoldiersWolf Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome and thanks for the credit. This unit gets a lot of coverage, but I don't think it gets enough to be honest.

"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?
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tanikel Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013   Photographer

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.  :giggle:

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SoldiersWolf Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I can't remember if females are allowed into Caisson Platoon or not. Maybe it's just cause I've never seen it or asked about it. Though I do know females are allowed to tryout for the Tomb. I think only one has ever made it.

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.
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tanikel Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013   Photographer
I wouldn't be surprised if they're not.  I would gladly spend free time there as a groom, though.  :giggle:

I noticed that!  Their actions are definitely a lot snappier and precise.  Then again, D&C is hardly taught in basic or AIT nowadays. 
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SoldiersWolf Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Guessing you're a fan of the horses. Me not so much due to having to clean what was left over from a mission from the bottom of my dress steels.

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. :)
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michaelgoldthriteart Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
brings back fond memories
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tanikel Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013   Photographer
=D
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Sev808 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nice.
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tanikel Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013   Photographer
Thanks.
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Riley122876 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013
Very good, caption and all.
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tanikel Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013   Photographer
Thank you!
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