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Full military honors for my friend

Full military honors for my friend
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People's Choice in Military Photo Challenge
People's Choice in A tribute to a lost loved one Photo Challenge
Winner in Last day of your life Photo Challenge
People's Choice in HONORING OUR MILITARY Photo Challenge
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14 Comments | Report
p_eileenbaltz Platinum
 
p_eileenbaltz July 09, 2017
Beautiful work! Congratulations on your People's Choice Award.
iluv2shoot
 
iluv2shoot July 09, 2017
Great capture; congratulations!
Norona PRO+
 
Norona July 16, 2017
Beautiful tribute to your friend. Thank you and your friend for your service! May he rest in peace.
MikeBoyle
 
MikeBoyle August 14, 2018
Nice...Very Nice
JanHrischenko PRO
 
JanHrischenko August 04, 2020
Beautiful. Very emotional. I love this photo.
celestereisinger Ultimate
 
celestereisinger June 11, 2021
Serious feeling to this wonderful photo❣️
thatunicorngal PRO
 
thatunicorngal June 14, 2021
Congratulations! I chose your photo as the Grand Prize winner in my A Scene For Memorial Day photo challenge.
kurtsnyder Ultimate
 
kurtsnyder June 14, 2021
That is an amazing shot and surely the winner indeed! COngratulations on wining the Memorial Day photo challenge! Kurt
RogueAngel75
 
RogueAngel75 June 14, 2021
Congrats on the win! Sorry for the loss, RIP Soldier Thank you for defending our Freedom!
JayneBug Platinum
 
JayneBug August 01, 2021
So well captured and framed. Impressive!
Sandypartlow4 PRO+
 
Sandypartlow4 August 01, 2021
Congratulations
kurtsnyder Ultimate
 
kurtsnyder Jul 05
Congratulations on yoru winning image in the Last Day of your life challenge! Super image! Kurt
Craig-Sheffield PRO+
 
Congratulations on the People's Choice. A photograph like this brings a tear to my eye. (This was the winner in my opinion).
Cameraupoint PRO+
 
Cameraupoint Sep 17
Respect

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was a military funeral at Arlington National Cemetery. It was a 95 degree day last May when we laid my friend to rest. He was an infantry Colonel who had served 3 tours in VietNam. He was 82. I had been asked by the family to be the official photographer. They didn't really have to ask. It was my honor to do it.
Time
The time was shortly after noon on a cloudless day
Lighting
While the road was under the shade, I was standing in full sun. A lens hood was important. Sun was nearly overhead
Equipment
I was shooting a Canon T3i with a Canon 18-135 kit lens and a tulip lens hood. I was shooting video with my 70D. Tripods are not allowed at Arlington, nor are any fixed lights.
Inspiration
I was honored to be asked by the family to record the event for them. My wife and I were not restricted as to where we walked, as long as it did not interfere with the official activities. The deceased had been a personal friend for 40 years, and, although part of different commands, had served at the same post as me for a time. We will all miss him.
Editing
PP included cropping and brightening shadows. The bright & dark areas were extreme. I increased contrast, and then brightened the shadows.
In my camera bag
It varies depending on the event. This day, I had a T3i w/ 18-135mm Canon lens, and a Canon 70D with a 28-105mm USM. I also had a Canon 70-300mm f1.4-5.6 IS USM, a Nifty 50 f1.4, and a Tokina SD 11-16mm f2.8, a Canon 430 Speedlight II (inside ceremony) with diffuser and softbox. ND & CS filters, along with spare batteries for everything, and spare SD cards. I also carry a Nikon Coolpix 3500, just in case.
Feedback
This was a special occasion for me. As the photographer for the family, we had a lot of latitude. You cannot do this as a tourist. There were military roadblocks to keep the public away from the family. If you ever have the opportunity, take it. Shoot everything. Make sure you have spare SD cards & batteries. This is a bad time to run out. However, don't get to locked behind the camera that you forget why you are there. Many of the photos I took that day were when I took a minute to look around and see what else was happening. The bugler playing taps was some distance away on the hillside. Made a quick change to my 300mm lens. Tripods are forbidden at Arlington, but I should have brought my monopod. It was 95 degrees, and we were in the full sun. Stability became an issue. It was still an honor, and a privilege to do this for my friend.

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