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  #144 Begins With "B"
Entry 14 of 24
"Bulldog"       ©2014 Jade O.
Panasonic DMC-FZ30       14th place, 68 points
1/500s, f5.6, ISO 80, 420mm, Normal Program, Pattern, no flash
Post-Processing: Duplicate image, invert, edge detect, desaturate, invert, blend, bucket fill, flatten       Extra Info: Tradition has names given to crews and their tanks, as ships are named. This one is named, "Bulldog".

As I watched this crew, I thought, "They are young, always, and at first perhaps all is like a cartoon or game, until that moment when it all becomes real..."

June 6, 2014 marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

"They were young, as we are young.
They served, giving freely of themselves.
To them, we pledge, amid the winds of time,
To carry their torch and never forget."
(A Commitment to Remember)

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Jade O.
Jun 24, 2014
    Thanks, Bill. I liked the composition a lot and really thought it was true to a photo journal ethos. Still uncertain as to whether the artistic rendering/interpretation helped or hurt the shot. (See outtakes for another of this crew and others.)
Edited on Jun 25, 2014

Jun 24, 2014
    I will just add that without the pp, in its original form, this is a great journalistic shot. I am afraid that some of the troops here do not appreciate that. People tend to turn away from things that make them uncomfortable. I would like to see you put something closer to the unprocessed version in some other venue. This should have ranked much higher.
Edited on Jun 24, 2014

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Jade O.
Jun 23, 2014
    Lo I noticed the helmet sky but missed it in the final prep. I liked the angle (better than the alternative shot a few feet left of here - this tank was on the move) and the fact that you are also struck by their youth.

Mepo See my note to Amberbug below.

Jun 23, 2014
    I like the effect you've achieved, though the bits of blue sky showing under the helmet etc. detract somewhat. The angle is great - it makes for a very powerful shot. They're so young!!!

Jun 23, 2014
    I'm going with my first reaction - I like it - a lot. The pp took a while to grow on me but now I realise it was all part of the initial attraction.

Yes they are young. My troops used to beef about the fact that they were too young to drink, too young to vote but not too young to go and fight.

Interesting to hear the troops still naming their tanks. Nose art on bombers is far better known. General Creighton Abrams (who the US Abrams tank is named after) named all his Sherman Tanks 'Thunderbolt' in WWII. The last one 'Thunderbolt VII now sits outside the West Point Museum.

Jade O.
Jun 23, 2014
    babysitter / cookiejar I'm glad it worked for you, it didn't for a lot of others.

Amberbug I appreciate the comments even more when someone doesn't like the attempt I made. That feedback is always especially appreciated. (See my note to SteveBee below. Certain tank models are actually called "Bulldog" as in M-41 "Bulldog"; sort of like F-18 "Hornet" or, conversely, the Lockheed F-104 "Widowmaker" or the M-4 "Sherman" which the Germans reputedly called the "Ronson"because the high velocity German guns could easily penetrate the Sherman's armor. That, coupled with vulnerable ammunition storage, made for the derisive German moniker "Ronson," taken from the Ronson cigarette lighter, based on the Ronson Company's famous slogan, "lights first time, every time.".)
Edited on Jun 23, 2014

Jun 23, 2014
    A very well "treated" action shot. I like it.

Jun 22, 2014
    The post processing gives this image a 'toy' feeling. Combined with the baby faced soldiers I get a 'boys with their toys message'. It works for me.

Jade O.
Jun 22, 2014
    Thanks, Bill. Judging from the comments I do think those who have some experience at military service might appreciate this a bit more which probably means it isn't such a good photo on its own merits but the youthfulness of this crew spoke to me and I wanted to put this one in.

Jun 21, 2014
    Probably not a popular subject, but captures the youthfulness of the tank crew and therein lies the story. I think it is a powerful shot and I like the light abstract aspect. A favorite.

Jade O.
Jun 21, 2014
    tvsometime The gunner is what caused me to first take notice.

fc I think the part about the crew you said better than I.

Jade O.
Jun 21, 2014
Edited on Jun 21, 2014

Jun 20, 2014
    Striking graphical result. They look like children, especially the machine gunner.

Jun 20, 2014
    you have certainally got a keeper and send the crew a copy please.
the guy on the left looks like he is still in short trousers never mind shaving
also the quote thanks.
we expect so much from the young

Jade O.
Jun 20, 2014
    aoc45 I figured the pp wouldn't be popular but you put it out there and see what comes back. For me, it represents my thoughts as I experienced them, which were, first how young this crew was. These are kids; this looks like reality from a kid's perspective; is this like a cartoon for them? But they are real and the toy they have surrounded themselves in, is an all too real machine made primarily to kill and destroy. Is this a tool for use by these young men or are they the tool of this weapon, and by extension those who engineer its use? The singular moment when I first noticed this crew impacted me on a personal level. I could not discern whether they had yet met the moment that would change and transform them.

SteveBee Well there IS a Bulldog painted on the tank dead centre in the frame between the two crew and the name "Bulldog" is prominently displayed on the barrel but I guess not obvious enough here. I'll post another view in outtakes. I should add that the name is hardly unique. This is, I believe, a tank of one several types named "Bulldog" just as planes are named "Hornet", "Wildcat" and so on. The fact that that is not obvious to you, or to anyone else, is either a problem with my shot, my explanation, or my choice of name for my entry (or all three!). But I really didn't want to take a photo of "Balls", "Balloons", "Barbeques", and so on. I wanted an Remembrance photo for the anniversary of D-Day so I chose this one.

Edited on Jun 21, 2014

Jun 20, 2014
    Interesting composition, but the highly processed look doesn't really do it for me.

Jun 19, 2014
    Aside from the elaborate explanation it is hard to see how the image clearly relates to the theme. If the tank had its name visible I could almost buy it. The post processing effect doesn't improve the image or make it more interesting for me. I do admire the young warriors very much.
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