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Door gunner on our Puma doing a sweep while flying out of FOB Tobruk

Door gunner on our Puma doing a sweep while flying out of FOB Tobruk
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Ejestapa
 
Ejestapa August 06, 2015
Great combat photos, excellent work!
joshuagraff
joshuagraff August 13, 2015
thanks! Over the years, I've just been lucky (or perhaps unlucky at times) to be in the right place at the right time for a shot.
JanHrischenko PRO
 
JanHrischenko September 19, 2015
So dramatic! What a stunning photo. Love it.
joshuagraff
joshuagraff November 09, 2015
thank you!
Nikonic
 
Nikonic December 08, 2015
Excellent shot!
joshuagraff
joshuagraff January 08, 2016
Thank you!
SweetNLow
 
SweetNLow January 12, 2016
Unique and awesome!
joshuagraff
joshuagraff January 26, 2016
thank you!
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PeterEvans23 April 14, 2016
Excellent work Mate, awesome shots !!!
dmbrownphoto
 
dmbrownphoto July 10, 2016
This is damn fine work/art! I really enjoy every thing you are doing.
Byronfairphotography PRO+
 
Byronfairphotography February 25, 2018
Very cool, Outstanding capture / Voted
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christiankieffer June 29, 2018
congrats on the win and this great real photo, thats what I like in photography, just a little thing, please change your signature or leave it completely, its very rare that I vote for photos with signature, keep up the good work
MikeBoyle PRO+
 
MikeBoyle June 29, 2018
Congratulations on your wining photo. Awesome
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JM18Photography June 29, 2018
Congratulations!

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Behind The Lens

Location
This was taken on a Spanish Army Puma we were fortunate to get leaving FOB Tobruk in Bola Boluk, Afghanistan. Particularly in Afghanistan and working with coalition forces, there is a real "one team, one fight" essence.
Time
It was around noon when we saw the choppers on the horizon and got the radio room to make the call to see if they could give us a lift back to Farah.
Lighting
Lighting inside most aircraft, especially if shooting towards the windows or wide open doors, is difficult. Just about every shot like this tends to be underexposed and then I try to bring up the highlights and textures by tweaking the clarity in Lightroom and usually bringing up the exposure by .5 to 1.0
Equipment
Used my much abused and traveled Sony a77 with the Sony SAL18250 lens, but handheld. the 18-250mm lens is probably my favorite "do everything" glass and when I don't know what shots I'll have an opportunity to get, that is the configuration I want to have on hand.
Inspiration
I try to get slices of the life I experience and share a different view of things from the more sensational pictures sometimes used. I also love the troops I get to work with and train, and bringing a bit of their daily life to view is important to me.
Editing
I used Adobe Lightroom to convert to monochrome, tweaked the clarity, raised the exposure a bit, and you guys have loved this version as opposed to the color SOOC that is also posted! But, my wife convinced me that this shot needed the B&W touch; and as usual, she was right.
In my camera bag
I generally travel light; when you have body armor and another 60 pounds of gear, the camera bag needs to be light! My usual carry is just the body and the 18-250 lens attached.. when I carry "heavy", I add a "jelly-roll" pouch and carry a 50mm prime and 50-300mm... oh, and I carry an extra SD card and at least 2 extra batteries.
Feedback
Honestly, take a LOT of shots! Change settings, shoot, change, shoot, and continue...taking a shot in a helicopter that is flying evasive means you are inside a blender filled with ice cubes that has a swinging axis at every moment. This is an example of the beauty of shooting digital, it was one shot of about 100 attempted that came out well. You have to always TRY to get the shot! I've been on a lot of flights and taken a lot of pictures that didn't work... but, when #@$%$# is happening, sometimes, just sometimes, you get a shot that works!

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