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Receiving The Flag by cheslah Receiving The Flag by cheslah
The parents of SPC Manuel J Vasquez, who was KIA in the Paktika Province in Afghanistan on April 24, 2012, recieve flags from the General at his burial at St. Mary's Cemetery in Sacramento, California on May 5, 2012.

Photo by: Pv2 Chelsie Taylor, May 5 2012, Sacramento California


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Dear Chelsie,

a strong and difficult shot. Difficult in two ways - the emotional, and the technical. This is one of the moments that parents never want to come true - loosing their beloved child. But it's not only hard for them, it's also hard for the comrades that fought along. I think you managed to capture the emotions in this shot.
On the technical side the shot is difficult as well. It looks like you had to handle midday sun, which results in a lot of sharp shades. Keeping the situation in mind, you didn't have any much of a big choice, did you?

Kind regards,

Seeräuber (Buccaneer)
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
cheslah Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Professional Photographer
EllyCrazy Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014
great shot of a very dificult situation :/No, I disagree! 
cheslah Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much. 
nimraaijaz Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
May God Guide you always. Capturing such strong and powerful moments demand a strong heart as well. Its not only capturing the emotions and the life of a moment in one picture but also an artist's growth through the lessons he observes in life's journey. You not only hold these moments on a lens/canvas but also deliver them, communicate to others, become a liaison and in this process feel the pain, the love, the break, the resolve- every emotion that your camera faces. This alone is a message of an artist. Keep it up, mate! 

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tanikel Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013   Photographer
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It's a solid photograph; funerals are never easy to shoot.  I'd suggest not cropping on the joints and a warmer white balance - the skin tones show hints of blue and makes the living look dead. 
cheslah Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Professional Photographer

I saw what you were talking about with the blue tones, so I pulled it up in Photoshop and the skin wasn't blue at all.  Nonetheless, I pulled some blue out and put it back up.  I've been having some issues with DA where my photo doesn't look like it does after post, sometimes it's much darker here or the colors are dull.  
SineadBH Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
So heartbreaking :( You've captured all the emotions in this one shot.. You can see he just could no longer keep it all in.. bless them all x
cheslah Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you. :salute:
DruDrewDraws Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
no parent should ever have to attend their child's funeral.  this is so heart breaking.  
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