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The Chindits were the largest of the allied Special Forces of the 2nd World War. They were formed and lead by Major General Orde Wingate DSO. The Chindits operated deep behind enemy lines in North Burma in the War against Japan. For many months they lived in and fought the enemy in the jungles of Japanese occupied Burma, totally relying on airdrops for their supplies.

This chap was 88 when I took this shot, & didn't like to talk about his experiences. I was told by his daughter that the allies had a tough time getting the men out, once they'd parachuted into Burma. She also told me that the Chindits were a precursor to the SAS.

I just hope I've made the best of this shot, & it's a fitting tribute to the man. Looks better large & f11.

Camera:Sony A550
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:The Chindit
Username:davey_griffo davey_griffo
Uploaded:28 Aug 2010 - 9:43 AM
Tags:Armed forces, Portraits / people, Re-enactment. war, Thornton hough, Ve-day, Wirral
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gabriel_flr
28 Aug 2010 - 10:19 AM

Beautiful portrait of a proud warrior!
have a nice weekend,
Gabriel

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DeSilver
DeSilver e2 Member 6DeSilver vcard England11 Constructive Critique Points
28 Aug 2010 - 10:32 AM

This is a lovely record shot of a very brave man!

A friend of mine who I used to work with was a Chindit and was in fact captured by the Japanese and held in a camp. he to would not talk about his experiences either. So no one asked him because we thought that the memories were to too painful especially as he was 6ft 2" tall and only weigh' d 6 stone when he was released and was not allowed to eat much for six months after. But he always had a smile on his face for his friends. A lovely man.


David.

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PauloNascimentoPhotography

great shot, well done!
Paulo

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davey_griffo
28 Aug 2010 - 10:38 AM

Thanks for your comments. And an equally moving story, David.

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nishchal
nishchal  4 India
28 Aug 2010 - 11:03 AM

Beautiful Portrait! Thanks for sharing.
nishchal

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Aldo Panzieri
28 Aug 2010 - 11:31 AM

Love the smile! Don't see that too often in Veterans.

Aldo

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achieverswales
28 Aug 2010 - 11:40 AM

Great capture! I would love to see him on a differend background!

Regards

Trev.

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davey_griffo
28 Aug 2010 - 11:55 AM

So would I Trev, but unfortunately, it was pretty much a grab shot, & I had to take what I could get. I may try blurring or in some other way, obscuring it more. If I can do that without being obvious.

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achieverswales
28 Aug 2010 - 11:58 AM

This should be a simple cutout with the magic wand tool!

Regards

Trev.

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davey_griffo
28 Aug 2010 - 1:14 PM

You would think so Trev, but it still took me a good while.

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
28 Aug 2010 - 4:09 PM

V5 followed very quickly by V3 for me
He looks such a wonderful character

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achieverswales
28 Aug 2010 - 4:52 PM

V5 it is for me thanks!

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Trev.

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BarryC123
BarryC123  643 forum posts Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
28 Aug 2010 - 11:57 PM

I think V3 is the strongest. A fine portrait.

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
29 Aug 2010 - 7:32 AM

A great shot of this old veteran - v3 is probably the best IMHO - as you have done the hard work of selecting the vetran what about a different applicable bg instead of a plain colour?

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mrjt
mrjt  8 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2010 - 6:58 PM

A FIRST CLASS IMAGE TO SAVE...jack

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sparrowhawk
sparrowhawk e2 Member 5267 forum postssparrowhawk vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
31 Aug 2010 - 4:28 PM

beautiful shot of a fine upstanding gentleman

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James_C
James_C  536 forum posts United Kingdom56 Constructive Critique Points
1 Sep 2010 - 10:17 AM

Great picture and great story. I take my hat off to these incredibly brave people. Of the set I think v4 works the best - the background is subtle but complimentary.

James

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Wallybazoom
1 Sep 2010 - 4:56 PM

Great picture - especially like V3

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