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Half Mast

By BobFancy
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.

Tags: Photo journalism General Landscape and travel


Carabosse 16 41.3k 270 England
7 Aug 2010 12:22PM

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

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BobFancy 10 11 4 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2010 1:24PM
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.
Clint123 9 2
7 Aug 2010 4:00PM
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
paulbroad Plus
12 131 1285 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2010 4:29PM
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.

pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2096 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2010 4:38PM
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.
2 Sep 2010 9:31PM
Total respect to any one who is willing to do this for there country !


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