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A U.S. Army Soldier assigned to 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division provides security as a UH-60 Blackhawk lands outside of the Usmankhel Village,
Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, Dec. 18, 2011.  The leadership of 3/10 had participated in a shura, or meeting,  to discuss security gains in the area and Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan's role in providing safety (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Kristina Truluck/Released)


Interesting how perspective can make the most ordinary things look impressive, eh?


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I love the imagery in this photo, it really is quite strong. The composition is great as well with the helicopter in the dust cloud and slightly obscured and the soldier of to the right in the foreground. It gives the photo a solid path for the eyes to follow. I really have only a small problem with this photograph, I really wish that the soldier in the foreground was a bit more in focus. I really do love this photo otherwise though. A very solid composition and strong imagery, I give this photo a 9 out of 10 (only because of the slight blur)
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pearwood Featured By Owner May 30, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
One of your best, says this old UH-1H jockey. (Funny, we never referred to them as Hueys; our unit flew slicks and snakes.)
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tanikel Featured By Owner May 31, 2017   Photographer
It's still a favorite despite having the wrong subject in focus.  :lmao:

That's cool.  Is there a story behind the names?
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pearwood Featured By Owner May 31, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Seems to me you got pretty good focus all the way through, but that's just from looking at this smaller version.

"Snake" comes from "Cobra". I'm not sure about "Slick". from "utility" somehow?
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tanikel Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2017   Photographer
The focus is a little soft on the soldier.  I was more interest in the bird than him at the time.  Who would have thought that something as simple as someone getting up would be so interesting?  ;)

That's pretty interesting.  I would have thought slick came from all the leaking, especially on the Chinooks.  
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pearwood Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
I never heard it applied to a Chinook, which was certainly the slicker of the two. (An ex-Chinook crew chief told be a Chinook without leaks was a no-fly -- no leaks meant no hydraulic fluid in the system!

Maybe because the UH-1 was good a getting in and out of places quickly?

Yeah, it would have been better with the sharpest focus on the soldier.
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tanikel Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017   Photographer
Ha!  I've heard the same thing.  Still fun to ride around in until the combat landings.  

Could be. Those sound like they'd be a blast to ride in.  

Shh.  Specialist Lucky knew EVERYTHING there is about combat photography.  She was never wrong.  :lmao:
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pearwood Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
True, true. :lmao:
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Hertz18360 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
The composition here is great. 
Fantastic shot; excellent work.
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Shadow-Guardian0 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Student General Artist
How often does a mine sweeper guy find a mine or IED?
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tanikel Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014   Photographer
Not often enough. =/
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Shadow-Guardian0 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Student General Artist
Oh :( Have you ever seen them find one and destroy/disable it?
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tanikel Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014   Photographer
We normally just blow it up.  It was pretty awesome watching them destroy some massive caches.  Miles away and you still get hit in the chest with the shockwave. 
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Shadow-Guardian0 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Student General Artist
Thought so, why risk it? I saw the documentery "The hornet's nest" and the little robot blew it up.

I blew up a few pounds of tannerite, legal and not as dangerous, but still fun.
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tanikel Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014   Photographer
Exactly. 
Explosions and destroying things are fascinating.  I used to bring all kinds of things to my buddy's place to shoot. 
It's a great feeling to destroy an xbox after it gives you the red ring of death.  :evillaugh:
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DocMallard Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014
In one image, this captures the feeling of getting out in a hostile area.

-Doc
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tanikel Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014   Photographer
It was an interesting area: the backwoods of the backwoods.
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TheJanusProjectFilm Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
Very powerful photo!
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tanikel Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014   Photographer
Thanks!  Back when I took this photo, I didn't think that it would be as impactful as it is today.  =D
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MeowPic Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
This is so powerful and well executed. Nice balance as well. 
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tanikel Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014   Photographer
Thank you!
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sillypots Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
This is a great perspective as you said. Extremely well done.
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tanikel Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014   Photographer
Thank you again.  Low-perspective shots are one of my favorites. 
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squirrels-are-evil Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Bad ass photo, this deserves a DD as well
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syinthetic Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
i really admire your courage. going to battlefield and all that. i couldnt do that ... not because i would be scared (but i probably would be) but, there are so many sadness there. i dont know if i could live with that :(
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Commander-Dominic Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
Awesome.
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tanikel Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014   Photographer
Thank you!
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Commander-Dominic Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
Your welcome.
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limarieinred Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Perfectly framed!
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tanikel Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014   Photographer
Thanks!
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contemporaryhart Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
Classic shot!
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tanikel Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014   Photographer
Thanks!
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CowboyCrocket Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Student
You're right about how perspective can change the way a picture is conveyed. I feel like something bigger is about to happen.
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tanikel Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014   Photographer
If only! 
In reality, all we did was stand up and get into the bird.  So exciting.  ;p
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kevoka Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
The this photo is a wonderful visualization of the phrase "the fog of war". We are clear about what happens near us, off in the distance it gets hazy.
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tanikel Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014   Photographer
True!  I never thought about it that way.  It's definitely true with all of that moondust out there.  ;p
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kevoka Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
Haze has many meanings in that phrase. :)
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Deltapotamus Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome shot!  Do you work as a photographer for the army?  (i'm not all that familiar with all the enlisted MOSes)
Are you attached to a specific brigade/battalion/company or do you move around?
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tanikel Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013   Photographer
Thanks!
Yep, I'm currently working for the only combat camera unit in the army, but we attach to various divisions on down depending on the mission.
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WorldWar-Tori Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013   General Artist
Amazing; the framing and angle are fantastic. Awesome photo :heart:
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tanikel Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013   Photographer
Thank you!  It was actually a lucky shot, I didn't think anything of it until my editor said something. 
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WorldWar-Tori Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013   General Artist
You're welcome :heart:
It's quite nice, I would've had to say something too :nod:
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SobohRami Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome perspective for the shot ,great job !
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tanikel Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013   Photographer
Thank you!  It's one of my favorite viewpoints to shoot.  =D
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SobohRami Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you are welcome ! :D
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John-Peter Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I agree! The perspective here is really amazing :)
Also i love the composition and the execution :clap:
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tanikel Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013   Photographer
Thank you! It's inspired me to get on my stomach or crouch more often when I'm shooting. :giggle:
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John-Peter Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome! Military photography looks full of action :D
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EndlessFighter Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I love this! it's so simple, yet so powerful! I especially love how the soldier is in clear focus while everything else appears 'blurry' because of the sand being blown up by the helicopter.

Great work!
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tanikel Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013   Photographer
Thank you!  I love it when the birds do this...unless I'm having to run in that dust, that part sucks.  :giggle:
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Amisulpride-Dreams Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
I don't usually comment or favourite things but this caught my eye in the "World-by-lenses" deviation notifications. I love the setting and the angle it was taken from. This shot in general is just perfect
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