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Niger - A soldier of the Tuareg Rebel Army in the area of Temet, close to Algeria border
Nikon F5, Tamron20-40mm@20mm, 1/500"@f5.6, Fujichrome Provia 100F
CETME mod. B / Mod. 58 rifle
Caliber: 7.62x51 mm reduced power load; also 7.62x51mm NATO
Action: delayed blowback
Overall length: 1015 mm
Barrel length: 450 mm
Weight: 4.4 kg
Rate of fire: 550 - 600 rounds per minute
Magazine capacity: 20 or 30 rounds
nice weather soldier. not realistic, to much pose, to harmless, not Geographic like. But except the unrealistic sky the colors looks very warm and likeable.
If you looks the shadow right at the bottom, it looks like a montage.
Sorry Alfons, but 1) the pose is quite intentional, because this is a didactic image, which it has to contain a lot of information about the subject, his life and his environment, avoiding the confusion of the many elements. 2) This image cannot be more realistic (I suppose you never been in Niger). 3) The sky is quite real. 4) Maybe you don't know that Nat Geo photographers are usual to create even sets to shot their images which look as "realistic" only because you watch them on a famous magazine. This means, only in a word, prejudices.
Hi Sergio,my first impression before even having read any of the other comments was " National Geographic".The pose of the soldier makes a bold statement, and the headscarf adds to the interest. What does stand out though in an otherwise great picture is the shadow on the bottom right of the picture that has already been mentioned by Alfons. It looks like it should be the soldier's shadow, yet it doesn't seem to be...greetings, Petra
Thank you for taking time to comment my photo "Desert Soldier". I really enjoy your comment. The shadow on the bottom right is just the one of the soldier (exactly of one of his leg). It looks in that way because the sun was very low in the sky.
There is much beauty in war, a sad but often so true fact. I had a look at your site and noticed you call yourself a travel photographer while my first impression was hey! a Photojournalist ! 8-)
Great site by the way !
This would probably have attracted one of my rare proposals had it not already been proposed ... a nailed on, cast-iron, certain Pro ... Regards, Paul.
P.S. Although the colours are wonderful I bet this is just as stunning in mono as well - with the right treatment.
a pro ... what else ?
although - in my opinion - this is not one of his best pictures ... (from a photographic standpoint,NOT from the standpoint of journalism and documentation - and that is why I vote pro)
there is more to come ... and I'm sure his pictures will be a permanent guest in the voting department ... and in the gallery itself .
I'll bet my christmas gift on that :-)
First I watched the picture and said myself, maybe its nice but I don´t like the motive and I wouldn´t take such a foto (while I´m thinking that he was sort of posing?), BUT speaking only for the fotography it´s absolutely PRO
Many thanks to all you for your appreciation on this image. I took this shot in the Temet area, a dangerous place. I asked to the soldier to pose for me. I have many other shots of the same subject in different ways.
I know you have already received many comments on this shot, but I just can't help myself and have to leave one as well: ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! The pose, the sharpness, the colors...Would love to see more shots in this same series...
Sergio,............I keep coming back to your work. Each image that you have shared with the community conveys something of yourself,...you allow your heart to speak through your images,.....I really can appreciate this,..you have combined your skills with your empathy for your subjects,...very genuine, not just images,.....
Il CETME è una versione spagnola del noto e collaudato Heckler & Kock mod. G3 tedesco a sua volta simile, almeno per certi versi, al FAL della belga FN. A quanto pare possiedi una specifica esperienza in campo armiero militare...
Bella immagine che ben esprime, oltre ad altre cose, la superiore risoluzione della slide rispetto al digitale. magnifici i colori e molto naturali.