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Behind The Lens

This photo was taken in the back of a Marine Corps MRAP vehicle, in Sangin, Afghanistan.
I do not recall exactly but I believe it was late afternoon.
The lighting really set itself up. I remember looking up and just seeing the shot, with the light coming down through the turret of the vehicle. I brought the camera up, composed, and snapped. I didn't know if I had gotten the shot until after I got the film developed.
I carried a Nikon F2 with a 50mm lens and loaded with Kodak TMax 400. The negative was scanned on a Hasselblad Flextight scanner.
I had the awesome privilege of serving with the brave young men. It was my hope to be able to capture images that might add to their stories.
This image was digitally scanned from a negative. I then used Photoshop to adjust the curve slightly and adjust the dynamic range to best represent the image as I saw it.
In my camera bag
This varies depending on where I am going or what I am doing. I try to have one film camera loaded with black and white film on me, either a Nikon F100, a FM3A, or the F2. I also carry a Nikon D7200 for most of my shooting. I will almost always carry a Nikon Speedlight flash with some sort of diffusing device on it to soften harsh light or add a little to low light.
Sometimes you need to just snap that shot. Take a risk. A moment of hesitation can cause you to miss an unbelievable shot. Film is cheap, digital images are cheaper, but capturing an image that people can connect with is priceless.

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