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Life Through the Eyes of a Soldier

Life Through the Eyes of a Soldier
Informacja o zdjęciu
Copyright: Philip Gerald (philip) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 31 N: 186] (1350)
Rodzaj: Miejsca
Medium: Czarno-białe
Data wykonania: 2004-08-31
Kategorie: Życie codzienne, Ważne momenty
Naświetlenie: f/2.8, 1/280 sekund
Wersja zdjęcia: Oryginalna wersja, Workshop
Dzienniki z podróży: Trip With Uncle Sam
Temat(y): ARMED FORCES/MILITARY SCENES, 50-59 points-Part 8, Veterans/Military [view contributor(s)]
Dodano: 2004-09-01 10:28
Oglądane: 22834
Ulubione: 6 [Widok]
Punkty: 68
[Noty - Informator] Notatki Autora
Every day is a decisive moment for a soldier. You dont know what's going to happen next or how It's going to play out, but you know that you are confident in your training and the training of the men around you. You must always be prepared to protect your fellow soldiers. Soldiers are never hoping to use their weapons but in the event that they should, they are ready. The soldier's number one personal goal is to make sure that the men next to him come home alive. Stay alert, stay alive.

Phil Bentz
U.S. Army

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  • Neige Gold Star Critiquer [C: 610 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2004-09-01 10:42]
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I'm surprised you can publish shot like this one (not surprised from TL but from the US Army). Are you at this end of the gun? In any case TAKE CARE. Amazing and disturbing picture!

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  • Quark Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 1314 W: 11 N: 29] (66)
  • [2004-09-01 11:23]
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We never see, what you see.....
So, it's good to have a look with your eye, B/W makes it dramatic, good shot, Phil !

Great composition Phil. I like the angle you chose. Shame the front of the gun is out of focus. Have you tried a larger Fstop. Perhaps a 5.6. Other than that, a great photo.

Take care.

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  • spoony Gold Star Critiquer [C: 75 W: 0 N: 1] (234)
  • [2004-09-01 12:06]
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Fantastic title. Great photo.
Interessant and just in time.

Having been a marksman, my eyes were directly drawn to the perfect focus of the sight on this weapon. What a wonderful photo for us to see to shock us into the reality of war. And to be so thankful for our heroric warriors who defend us so willingly. I do much prefer the sweet photos of you at home with your wonderful family, but thank you for your sacrifices for me and mine....

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  • jackwp Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 103 W: 1 N: 10] (267)
  • [2004-09-02 10:20]
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In today's day and age, unfortunately, you have to be alert to all going on around you. It is good to know that the soldier is there on alert to make sure that we are protected. Thank you! This is a very dramatic and well composed capture. Well done, and thank you, again for your commitment.

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  • Marcie Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 337 W: 43 N: 141] (756)
  • [2004-09-08 4:34]
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Incredible SHOT, Philip! B&W makes it a real drama. DOF is also very good.
Thanks for your note, also.

That a dramatic image you have captured here Phillip. And your note is even more remarkable. Your country should be proud of soldiers like you. Just please, be careful.

Have a look at the workshop...

Thanks alot for sharring Phil!

Awsome shot Phil
Thanks, for everything.

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  • Yogi Gold Star Critiquer [C: 92 W: 7 N: 33] (237)
  • [2005-07-12 13:58]
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I would like to put biggest smile next to my comment, but...I'm not brave enough, I guess...

About note...I would like to believe that every soldier thinks like you but...we all know that they don't...not all of them...

I like this shot a lot. A very interesting POV and nice play with the shallow DOF.

May I ask you a question if you don't mind :) What camera were you using? I'm asking cos it seems to me it was taken from an SLR. It's quite bulky to carry around especially when you are on duty.

Thanks for sharing with us your experience...I like your note. Be safe brother..God Bless...Peace :)

super , bardzo mi sie podoba

This is one of the best the photo i saw of the war in Iraq Philip...you captured it so well. Not like a journalist but just as a soldier. When you asked me this could be a photo of the world-press photo contest...IMPRESSIVE


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  • tsumeb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 54 N: 279] (2204)
  • [2005-09-07 19:09]

What a powerful image Philip . . . it must be positively surreal . . . one September in Baghdad and the next at Mt Rainier. This is one excellent photo.

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  • Hypnos Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 25 W: 3 N: 12] (195)
  • [2005-09-09 13:03]
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Powerful image Philip! Great composition and DOF. The slightly tilted horizon gives some movement to the scene. Take care, Julien.

It's shocking.

great shot
like the view down the sight
looks like youd hit the kerb if you fired
B&W works well on this shot
Like all your Iraq photos
Great journal shots
Dave R

Very interesting picture. But technically I would have put an intermediary focal in order to see the background more detailed. Because, what you see is (I gusse) the world through your gun (that's what I understand reading the title), but what "we" see here is the Gun "in front" of the world. Do you see what I mean?
Anyway, a good idea and thanks for sharing!!!

Bonjour and welcome home!
I am like Neige, a beat surpris U can publish this kind of shots but aferall it is just a road!
Once again welcome home and enjoy yourself.

Phil, thank you very much for sharing this view and for the great note!!! Both of them are very informative. There is an effect of presence in the photo. I like it. I just really hope they never USE this weapon. Irina

je ne sais que dire....c'est beaucoup plus qu'une photo ...je suis troublé...
prends soin de toi philip et de tes amis..
amicalement Jean-marie
Do not know that to say... this is much more than one photograph... I am disturbed... take care of you philip and of your friends.
in a friendly way Jean-Marie

Excellent photo! B&W is an excellent choice for this as well.
This photo really helps show a sad realism that can easily pervade an otherwise everyday common looking scene.

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  • VinceM (29)
  • [2005-12-29 13:22]

Very strong image, in all it's simplicity...

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  • letoun Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 210 W: 0 N: 38] (1329)
  • [2006-01-03 13:48]

Bonjour philip. Comme tout les commenteurs je suis sans mots face ŕ cette superbe photo. Mais elle fais peur car un simple clic peut faire un gros boum.
Amicalement Raph.

A superb POV.
Nice DOF too.
B&W effect makes it more drastic and terrifying.

That must be the worst way to view another part of the world; over the barrel of a rifle... I seriously do not envy you that! However, the image is as powerful as it is disturbing and I like the sense of presence in it...

And hey - be careful out there!

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  • Texan Gold Star Critiquer [C: 543 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-05-16 18:33]

Wow what more can be said. A shot that takes the viewer by the neck and grabs them.

Nice shot, of a gun and a city!. Iraq is a milenary cultural site!!!. Really i dont understand why the american soldiers are in this country, but the photo testimony is very important!.
Good luck, keep you alive!

Mauro elmasmejor

Weapons shouldn't be shot in photos. They're a destruction tool while cameras are constructive ones.
But your pic, bound together words like yours, it's a beautiful example of civil duty and patriotism. Sometimes, entire world should thanks American Army Forces for what they're doing out of America's boundary.

Ciao e grazie,

Life Through the Eyes of a Soldier........
- Does a soldier value life of a civilian?

Point of view is very interesting. One can see un-armed civil traffic behind the aim of a gun.

The picture really is sensual because it makes a viewer feel the pleasure of gallentry achievement.

  • nadir Silver Star Critiquer [C: 13 W: 0 N: 0] (323)
  • [2006-10-29 4:05]
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once FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE said: "if you have the power you dont need justice". I wonder how many times you fired that gun. Did you kill anybody and if you did so, does it make you feel better. Yes stay alert, stay alive, kill all the rest.

İğrenç düşüncenin iğrenç ürünü...

  • kayra Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 381 W: 37 N: 112] (3121)
  • [2006-11-15 15:18]
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kendini dunyanin sahibi sanan zavalli Amerikalilar!

A very interesting pov. One that many will never see. A unique and interesting post.


o silah birgün kendinize döndüğünde ne yapacaksınız bakalım. Sizi bush kurtaramayacak..defolun ininize, paralı pislikler.

I dont see enemy on this pic, only cylilian cars

Hi Philip:

Great POV, excelent shot.

See you

Nice DOF and composition.

But I must tell that I found interesting that a soldier of an innocent civilian murdering army has such an artistic aspect of view.

Keep slaughtering civilians, keep yourself alive...

the soldier must question for what reason he is there.. to meet and serve to whom?.. to help some gain money?.. to defend your country.? is this part of defending? the soldier must quesetion all of those

and the soldier must stay alert. that s not by taking photos . the government does not pay the soldier to take photos while on duty..

a great photograph

Amazing composition...

Nice POV. I understand you're not there to shot "innocent" civilians in their car, but rather be on guard and it's a very dramatic photo. One that gets you to thinking for sure. Thanks for sharing, stay safe!

  • m_yOOs Silver Note Writer [C: 3 W: 0 N: 18] (78)
  • [2009-09-21 3:55]

For the photo, you did a great job...Idea is very well transmitted. The scene presents a silent but not peaceful aspect, accentuated by the use of black and white. The DOF on your weapon is very disturbing and shoking. Well done. But for being a soldier of US army. You had not a place in Iraq. Your army has occupied a foreign independant country, destructed it, killed civils, children and woman, have plundered its riches, so You have no right to stay safe in this country.

Hello Philip,

Great pov..good picture. The B/W is a good choice. Very well done!

goodluck overthere!

regards stef

Hi Philip, congratulations on a great shot in which no one died! Great idea to let us see your view, excellent point of view.
Thanks for sharing

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  • dale54 (452)
  • [2013-11-02 9:31]

yes i agree....hello phil..first off thanks for all youve done and your buddy's in protecting us over here..great pic for us..excellent work! dale

Hej Philip,
You have captured what its all about.
With the image and your note.
May the Angels be with you.
Best Wishes.

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