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The Things I Carried
The Things I Carried

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Challenge: Religion (Advanced Editing V*)
Camera: Sony DSLR-A100
Lens: Konica Minolta AF 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6(D) DT
Location: Living Room
Date: May 28, 2007
Aperture: 10
ISO: 100
Shutter: 2 Seconds
Galleries: Military, History
Date Uploaded: May 29, 2007

I had another shot for this challenge, and submitted it a few days ago, but decided that it would be rather cliche. Considering that today is Memorial Day, I felt a little inspired, and made a trek to my basement and hauled out some of the gear I carried in Iraq. When I was packing to leave for Kuwait before the war began, my wife (now an ex) slipped a bible into my ruck. I didn't know it was there until I got to Kuwait. I was never a terribly religious person, but my wife cared enough to put it there, so when I stripped down my pack before crossing the border into Iraq, I kept the bible with me, and had it through my entire tour.

I spent the whole day shooting, and this is what I came up with. It is a pretty personal piece, I hope you enjoy it...

Place: 61 out of 311
Avg (all users): 5.7872
Avg (commenters): 6.6154
Avg (participants): 5.4375
Avg (non-participants): 5.9677
Views since voting: 1005
Views during voting: 277
Votes: 188
Comments: 21
Favorites: 1 (view)

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04/23/2009 10:38:18 PM
love this picture. the title a reference to tim o' brien's the things they carried im assuming?
06/13/2007 12:00:43 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club

I love the feel of this photo. Warm, yet very dynamic. And very personal. The bible is subtle, but calls attention to itself just because it is so different from everything else. And it's placed perfectly to be the anchor for the photo; a place for the eye to rest and keep returning to as it explores the rest of the photo. Everything else is interesting; I look and enjoy the varied shapes and textures. But I don't linger; I return to the bible to ponder what it means to me, and what it must mean to you.

Technically, this is very well done. Good lighting (except for the reflection in the goggles). Perfect focus and exposure. It needs a little sharpening to bring out the details.

This isn't the kind of photo that normally does well in a challenge: too busy, and too difficult to appreciate in a couple of seconds while voting. Considering, it did very well!

But I've very much enjoyed this photo. Great job!
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06/10/2007 09:26:02 PM
Oh man, I love it! The gun is amazing. I love it! AND the bible is even more hard core then that gun. You rawk man.
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06/07/2007 12:39:11 AM
Thank you for your service.

Very cool image!

I am guessing a Remington 700 7.62x51 NATO. Wow south paw very cool as well. Maybe McMillan stock. Hard to tell what trigger :-) but again I am guessing 2 stage and very light. :-D

Message edited by author 2007-06-07 00:46:04.
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06/06/2007 11:31:24 PM
Semper Fi.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/05/2007 12:20:39 PM
I like the arrangement of items and the lighting. And if this applies to you, thanks for your time spent in the service.
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06/04/2007 07:23:35 AM
I understand the sentiment. Where did you carry them? Interesting mixture of kit.
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06/04/2007 07:09:16 AM
As I was browsing the submissions for this, I was moved by your photo. When my husband died in Afghanistan, I received his bible, worn and faded, back.
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06/03/2007 09:59:41 PM
support our troops! Love it.
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06/03/2007 11:55:43 AM
Well done on the shot
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06/03/2007 06:56:51 AM
the combination is evil 7
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06/02/2007 05:10:49 PM
very busy but super idea, tighter crop at top maybe putting holy bible on the thirds
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06/01/2007 11:11:31 PM
Good composition and interesting message. Shadow areas need a bit more detail, and it could be sharper overall.
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06/01/2007 01:07:27 PM
This is a very interesting composition! First on the technicals you have done a great job. The lighting is very natural and soft. My only nitpick is that the main subject for me is the Bible, but it seems to be just a tad oof (very small tad!).

As for as the religious message goes, I think this has been one of the strongest yet (I haven't seen them all yet though). I don't think many people will "get" the fact that as Christians we sometimes have to battle those that opress God's people and seek to destroy that which is good...so I'm guessing your score is suffering a bit. 10
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06/01/2007 10:40:11 AM
sorry, but as a photographer your job is to convince me.

photographically, this is a nice picture. However, I am not convinced that this is religious.
05/31/2007 10:57:25 PM
wonderful 9
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05/31/2007 05:39:33 PM
Considering all the killing in the Bible, it fits right in! Good photo! 6
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05/31/2007 05:26:40 AM
Hey efergoh, it's not clever to include your name tag...
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05/31/2007 12:02:26 AM
the old saying goes "There are no athiest in fox holes" good picture and powerful message.
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05/30/2007 06:07:03 PM
nice shot very good submission
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05/30/2007 06:19:02 AM
Love the contrast
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