A&P Desert training

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  1. Swoop411

    Swoop411 New Member

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    Ok, been a long time since I posted on OT period, figured I would share some goodness. As seen by the trash on the photo, there has been no post processing. I'm not allowed to perform any touch up work. I was shooting with a Canon EOS 1D MkII. I am in the middle of getting ready to deploy so this is all I am posting for the moment. Feel free to tear them up. Enjoy!

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  2. ballz

    ballz Two of 'em OT Supporter

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    pretty cool stuff. what's the story on the last picture?
     
  3. Creator

    Creator The Creator Has a Master Plan

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    whoa @ last pic.

    Why can't you edit the pictures?
     
  4. Swoop411

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    The last picture is what close air support looks like at night. The white dots are from the Cobra seen above in #2, the red lines are tracers from a GAU-17 mounted in a Huey. The curve is because the Huey flew in and turned while the door gunner was firing. What's crazy is you can see all the ricochets! I never realized they ricocheted like that.

    I'm a Combat Photographer in the Marine Corps, and technically we can edit, but only what you could previously do in a darkroom. That means getting rid of the dirt specks and a wee bit of dodging and burning is kosher, tweaking curves and whatnot is no bueno. Too many stipulations when it comes to editing so I prefer to just leave them as is so no one claims I tweaked the shot when I didn't. Keeps my butt out of the proverbial sling.

    The night shots were made possible by the retarded legs that come out the bottom of my monopod, I buried it in the sand and prayed for no shake after depressing the shutter. IIRC it was only a 30 sec exposure so my timing was off a few times, its hard to listen for an approaching helicopter and the Forward Air Controllers at the same time! Add that to when no one really knows when the shooting is going to start and I feel fortunate to have caught what I did.
     
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    great shots. good luck with your deployment
     
  6. planb

    planb itches in my teeth

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    holy shit, all of the pictures are incredible. nice work.
     
  7. ballz

    ballz Two of 'em OT Supporter

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    pretty wild. any chance on posting a 100% of the last one?
     
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    Pretty sweet! :coold:
     
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    Man that last shot is cool
     
  10. Swoop411

    Swoop411 New Member

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    The original is freakin huge....11.2MB and 4992 x 3328. I am not even sure photobucket will let me upload it. Tonight if I get off early enough I will try to upload a few more.
     
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    tetsuo And shepherds we shall be...

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    some sweet shots. :bowdown: i really like 3, 4, and the last 2. def post more when you can :coold:
     
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    Do you have to shoot in all JPG, or do they allow RAW "development"?
     
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    :cool: bad ass.
     
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    Good stuff!
     
  15. ballz

    ballz Two of 'em OT Supporter

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    resize it to a 2000xwhatever or something and upload it to uploader.ws

    photobucket sucks ass.
     
  16. OlafBeserka

    OlafBeserka girls pee pee when they see me OT Supporter

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    awsome shots. This is going to sound dumb but do you take photos during an actual combat? Seems scary

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    what kinds of photo equipment do they issue? i bet theres some well used stuff in the mix
     
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    That last one is a fine photograph.

    Now, imagine you're a Marine sitting in a foxhole about where the camera was located. You've been pinned down by heavy machine gun fire and RPGs from the target area since the sun went. down.

    The picture suddenly is transformed from "fine photograph", to a thing of rare beauty. Unless, of course, you're the Adam Henrys who were manning that machine gun and RPT launcher.

    Keep your head down Swoop. Remember the old Navy saying, "one hand for the ship, and the other for yourself". Semper Fi.
     
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    Sorry for the delay, but I have been running my head off trying to get my ducks in a row. I am outta here on the 12th so it might be some time before I make it back to OT.

    We are issued Canon EOS-1DS MkII bodies and lenses. My largest is a 70-200 and I use it or the fish eye most of the time. The fish eye I cant really use for submission/newsworthy photos, but they sure look interesting! We also get the 580 flash units but I rarely use it, if ever. Not exactly the smart thing to do when you are flying at night or out with FAC's. All of my equipment I was fortunate enough to get issued to me brand new. My first camera was a beat up 20D that has been to Iraq countless times already. I am truly grateful to have been the one and only user of my current rig.

    During combat, yes I am up and shooting photos. How else do you get to see those cool shots? Someone had to take it! That someone is me. I have to remind myself constantly to be aware of my surroundings because I get lost in the moment behind the lens! I have started shooting in RAW lately, I had to load the software on the "down low" and I think I might be able to get over....ha-ha!

    Killed the resolution on the last one, and here it goes.......

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    isaac86hatch This thread sucks

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    Supadoggie I ♥ my doggah

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    great job with these shots

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    I hope to see more great shots when you get back
     

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