Outside the wire...

Discussion in 'Photography' started by George Farmer, 12 Aug 2008.

  1. George Farmer

    George Farmer Founder Staff Member

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    I had the opportunity to do some interesting 'stuff' outside from my regular duties and away from the relative safety of Kandahar Airfield.

    Most declined the offer due to the higher threat levels, but I wanted to experience something a bit different.

    I took my new camera which I was happy with - a Panasonic Lumic LS3. Nice results for less than £100.

    I gave a mate a few lessons on the camera's settings and composition so he could take some shots of me.

    A bit of a contrast from planted tanks... 8)

    Me on the ramp of an armoured vehicle
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    Me (right) and a couple of lads. 50+C and in full kit...
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    Me hydrating. I went though about 9 litres of water in 10 hours...
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    Me shooting on the range
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    Three of the lads
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    Armoured vehicles
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    My boots and my rifle (left)
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    From inside armoured vehicle
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    Mounted on vehicle...
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    Enough said...
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  2. LondonDragon

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    WOW great photos and what a place to be!! I did think about joining the army when I left college, was always something I wanted to do but then gave up on the idea, parents were not too keen.
    Must have been great to experience that, and looks like the camera is up to the task too. Keep us posted and keep safe!

    Regards
     
  3. Graeme Edwards

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    Hi mate,

    Great photos, really good to see. Its strange to see I guy I know, who ive shared a few beers with with a live rifle in your hands. Respect!
    I really like the picture from inside the armerd vehicle, that says war to me. Im really facinated by it all. The last is chilling!

    Thanks for letting us see theses.
     
  4. Dan Crawford

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    Good stuff mate, it's great to see your still living the dream. Fair play i say, it must take some big spuds to stroll around there.
    Loving the photos mate, especially the one from inside the armored vehicle and the "mounted on vehicle". Seeing you posing with a riffle makes a change form seeing you posing with a can of carling and a pair of tweezers although i know which one i prefer looking at pal, keep safe.
     
  5. Themuleous

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    Sodding hell (I wont swear this is a family friendly forum) it brings it home exactly what's going on out there when you see photos like that. My hat goes off to you and the rest of the people out there. Balls of steel mate, totally.

    Look after yourself.

    Sam
     
  6. ceg4048

    ceg4048 Expert/Global Moderator Staff Member

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    Wow, thanks for sharing George. Love the rifle silhouette. Maybe when you get back you might think about the movies? Rambo VIII...

    Cheers mate, stay safe...
     
  7. aaronnorth

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    i like the one inside the armoured vehicle, interesting frame shape :D 9l in 10hours :wideyed: how hot is it out there?

    Good luck & keep safe to all of you :D
     
  8. Steve Smith

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    Great pics George. I like the pic looking out of the APC too. It even seems to stick to the golden triangle :lol:

    Keep safe mate!
     
  9. john starkey

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    Hi George,I cant really add anything to what the other guys have already said but i think these words sum it all up for me,RESPECT MATE TOTAL RESPECT,for all our people out there take care and stay safe,regards john and family.
     
  10. Joecoral

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    jeeeeeeez 50C+! that is one hot mamma! no wonder you got through 9L in 10h
    hats off to you tho mate, your doin the country proud, it's gotta take guts to do it!
    JC :D

    you do appear to be napping up against the wheel of that armoured vehicle tho lol
     
  11. George Farmer

    George Farmer Founder Staff Member

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    Thanks for the kind comments - it means a lot.

    I won't lie and say I'm having a great time out here - it's pretty heavy and I'm missing home pretty bad. Only 10 or so weeks to go...
     
  12. Steve Smith

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    I can't imagine how hard it must be mate. Chin up and all that :) Being all desert and not much flora, are you getting any good rock layout inspiration at all?
     
  13. durtydurty

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    Brilliant photos, Does bring it home to you when you see photos like that.

    Got a friend who has been out there for 6 months and is due back soon, He's in communications and hasnt seen any action thankfully.

    Hope the time fly's by and you get back safely.
     
  14. Themuleous

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    :lol: Always a silver lining hey?
     
  15. Steve Smith

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    Definately :) Always looking for inspiration! (it's just the following through with the scapes I have problems with!)
     
  16. Ed Seeley

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    Wow George. Nice shots but doesn't half bring home the reality of your current situation! I assumed you were far from any sticky situations (well as much as that is possible in a conflict zone obviously) so wasn't expecting to see you weilding an SA-80! Not a normal day I hope?

    Keep your head down mate.
     
  17. oldwhitewood

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    Fascinating pictures George, really interesting. And there's me watching programmes about the S.A.S and getting really into them, brings home the reality of it really when you see these images. Make sure you get back safely and carry on the excellent work your are doing for our hobby. And also on a personal note I say respect to the R.A.F, the worlds finest air force IMO.
     
  18. aaronnorth

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    I did too, i expected you being at HQ fixing planes!
     
  19. nickyc

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    Scary stuff. I've got other mates over there. Hope you all stay safe and get back here soon

    N x
     
  20. Dave Spencer

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    Things did go a little down hill after 1996. :lol:

    Careful with that rifle George, you could have someones eye out.

    Dave.
     

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