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Taken in Afghanistan recently. I noticed all the flags at this location were half masted and when I asked a young major about it he replied 'whenever we fly in or despatch remains we go to half mast. They dont see the mast head much these days'. He was right I only saw them 'close up' once. Just wanted to share this snap and am not looking for votes but comments welcome.

Camera:Nikon Coolpix L22 Check out Nikon Nation!
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Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Half Mast
Username:BobFancy BobFancy
Uploaded:7 Aug 2010 - 11:46 AM
Tags:General, Landscape / travel, Photo journalism
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Carabosse
Carabosse e2 Member 1139395 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2010 - 12:22 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 


Quote: Just wanted to share this snap and am not looking for votes but comments welcome.

Well you won't get votes anyway, because this has been posted in the critique gallery! Wink

This is a potentially very evocative photo and one which I appreciate is tricky to get - so well done for that. However the flags are almost incidental in the picture which is dominated by the vehicle in the foreground and, to a lesser extent, by the other one in the centre of the photo. A different shooting position may have helped you get more prominence.

As regards the image itself, it could perhaps do with a bit more contrast... it looks slightly flat. I have uploaded a mod for you in which I have used levels and curves adjustments to try and achieve this.

Hope that helps. Smile

Last Modified By Carabosse at 7 Aug 2010 - 12:23 PM

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BobFancy
BobFancy  5 United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2010 - 1:24 PM

Thanks. To be honest I knew the photo was rubbish I just felt compelled to publish it for the story which I felt moved by.

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Clint123
Clint123  42 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2010 - 4:00 PM

I believe as being a serviceman that you have captured this very well. Its the halfmast of the flags that grab you and the vehicles, they are everywhere out there. This is centre stage
Good stuff
Clint

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom850 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2010 - 4:29 PM

Difficult one - I have strong feelings about what is happening out there, in support of our troops I might add. The image tells the story, but I would prefer the flags , the reason for the title, to be rather stronger and more prominent.

Paul

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pamelajean Critique Team 8763 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1592 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2010 - 4:38 PM

Thanks for sharing, Bob. The flags hold a poignant message once you know the reason for the half mast. I also feel the truck has a good link with them, and have done a modification where I cropped the image in order to place the flags as near to the top right "third" as I could, and then enhanced them so that they stood out a bit more.
Pamela.

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RickyRossiter

Total respect to any one who is willing to do this for there country !

Ricky

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