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Battlefield       ©2014 Jade O.
Panasonic DMC-FZ30       1st place, 174 points
1/400s, f7.1, ISO 80, 82mm, Normal Program, Pattern, no flash
Post-Processing: Multi-image pano stitch, adjust contrast, curves, smudge, clone, to blend frames.       Extra Info: Yes, the camera got dusty...
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Jul 6, 2014
    Wow. What a great shot. Congratulations!

Jade O.
Jun 26, 2014
    Thank you all again. Still not sure why this ended up on top but appreciate your comments and votes. (See outtakes.)

Jun 25, 2014
    Congrats Jade

Jun 25, 2014
    Congrats on #1 and a great "dusty" pic.

Adirondack Gal
Jun 25, 2014
    Congratulations on your win, Jade!

Jun 24, 2014
    I had no doubt at all this would win!!!

Jade O.
Jun 24, 2014
    Thank you all for your votes and comments. I can't say I understand how this shot ended up on top but appreciate it had a wide enough appeal. Seems funny to place first with only 3 first place votes. (See outtakes for more - I have lots so just a sample - all of them declassified, lol!)

Jun 24, 2014
    Congrats, very nice shot!

Jun 24, 2014
    this finished higher than I predicted but then what do I know.
my failing eyesight [another opticans visit booked today] i cannot see the joins. and having blown it up i can now also see the tanks are different.
showed it to my colleque who was a 'Tanker' he couldnt get into a turret today but it liked this very much and also your extra on the main.cant wait to show it to my sister who is licensed to drive tracked vehicles [tanks in MOT language] thats ministry of transport. she passed her driving test at our tank training school

Jun 24, 2014
    Congratulations Jade O. Truly a unique photo. Hope it didn't damage your camera!

Jun 24, 2014
    I'm a bit surprised at this one, Jade - not because it isn't a great photo, but military photos generally don't do well. So kudos to you for breaking the mold! I have to say I still prefer your photo in the Main.

Jun 24, 2014
    nice going. i had this in top spot and never bothered to read post processing until i saw some of the comments. captures the intended environment very well. again, great finish.

Jun 24, 2014
    Bravo! on your 1st place finish!!!

Jun 23, 2014
    Congrats Jade. Nice win!

Jun 23, 2014
    Who's a thought! That's what you get when you operate on the ground instead of swanning about in the air :-) Congrats. Very powerful pano.

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Jade O.
Jun 23, 2014
    Old Finn Thanks. If you think the photo is dramatic you should see what it is like looking down the barrel through the lens!

cookiejar I'm flattered but I don't think so. But I am pleased you like it that much.

Old Finn
Jun 23, 2014
    Good work. The view is interesting, a bit dramatic.

Jun 23, 2014
    The stand-out Photograph for this challenge. Congratulations.

Jade O.
Jun 23, 2014
    babysister I really am pleased you like it. I think it could have been better but all considered I'm not complaining.

ysal I try not to abuse my equipment so really it wasn't out a lot here.

neat I really think you have a talent and are a better photog than most here (including me) but I can't think this is better than at least 10 other entries this time (ie. I would predict this won't make top 10).

Amberbug Thanks!

Jun 23, 2014
    A good result from clever PP'ing. Well done.

Jun 23, 2014
    Very effective in panorama. Hopefully there is no permanent damage from the dust!

Jun 22, 2014
    I would say this is the shot to beat, wonderful mood set here with the rising dirt, well done.

Jun 22, 2014
    Interesting subject, nice pano etc.

Jade O.
Jun 22, 2014
    fc Actually "Bulldog" wasn't here. These are all Gulf War vintage and later (note the sloping armour plating - thicker cross section on a horizontal strike while keeping plates thinner = less weight.) The compressed air was all from my lungs, lol! -- and lots! -- together with a brush. I did my best to keep my vital parts covered but my camera wasn't one of them. (And in neither case did I use cling wrap!)

Mepo, Your commander in the navy dive team? Boy we you deployed in the wrong theatre! (Sound like classic military SNAFU!) Yes, I should have worked a bit to make this one appear less like a collage.

Bill Putting this one together was an exercise, lol!
Edited on Jun 22, 2014

Jun 22, 2014
    this one goes with the bulldog in the main and asuming it leading from the front.
you have got a wonderful overall picture which not only gives scale to the event and i can hear the noise.
how many cans of compressed air did you use afterwards
or dif you cover vital parts with cling flim?

Jun 21, 2014
    I used to hate these exercises, especially when the commander would say "Eat my dust". Good initial impact but it loses something as the edges start to appear. Still in my favourites - well composed.

Jun 21, 2014
    A powerful shot even if an exercise and manipulated. A favorite.

Jade O.
Jun 21, 2014
    RolandB You are right. Funny how you work a photo and say, "Done", then enter it and look at it again after the Challenge is open for votes and say, "Ah, I should have have...."

Jun 20, 2014
    Needs a bit more smudging on the joints, but still a wonderful photo. Don't see this everyday :)

Jade O.
Jun 20, 2014
    eagle1 I knew I should have sepia toned it! (Now just wait for the comment by someone who is ticked because the American flag looks like it is at half-staff - hey, I didn't fly it, and I'm not from the country that put it, or tanks like these, where they are.)
Edited on Jun 20, 2014

Jun 19, 2014
    Great concept and eye-catching imagery, but a little too washed out for my taste. Could use some added color and/or darkening or contrast to bring out the tanks - IMO. Still, in my top 5.
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