Update Number *Fifteen* from my Afghan Deployment

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Heie2 Contributing Member • Posts: 515
Update Number *Fifteen* from my Afghan Deployment
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-Heie

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aidan obsidian Regular Member • Posts: 252
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Always nice to read your updates updates and check out the pics, have been following them for a while now. That sucks about the k5, but i bet it could pull through! If not the gift idea is nice. It's nice knowing that there are people who genuinely want to help the Afghani people, I have some friends that joined the CAF to get "headshots". Extremely vulgar, I blame video games haha.

Stay safe, and looking forward to the next update.

(i never would have guessed you're colourblind)

ps. do you know why the american flag is now reversed on military uniforms?

christopherbarran Contributing Member • Posts: 927
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Thanks very much for posting these.

Great work.

Pentax should highlight your work to show how tough Pentax cameras are!

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Model Mike Veteran Member • Posts: 3,594
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I love your reports. They fill a gap, and they deserve a wide audience. And you deserve our thanks.

Also like your comment about Pentax being the best for adventure journalism!

Take care,

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miles green Veteran Member • Posts: 6,459
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Congrats Heie, your series is a superb example of photojournalism!

As many have pointed out on PF, it shows the rest of the world what the efforts of US army in Afghanistan are all about.

The picture in update 14 of the 3 kids looking through the window (the one you considered submitting to NG) is priceless, especially when it's within the context of your series.

If you ever decide to publish a book, please let us know.

Kind regards and keep safe!

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jm_mac Senior Member • Posts: 2,044
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Great photos, along with great stories.  Are your photos published in a magazine (military or otherwise)?  If not, they should be.  I could imagine a series like this in the the old Time Magazine.

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Ian J G Contributing Member • Posts: 699
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I think you capture atmospherics well, there's a good 'feel' for the subject.

The black and white versions trigger associations of Vietnam or something like that, as we were accustomed to seeing them in B&W. The colour ones communicate, to me, more of a sense of it being Afghanistan.

Keep shooting, be careful

Ian

OP Heie2 Contributing Member • Posts: 515
Re: Update Number *Fifteen* from my Afghan Deployment

All, thank you all very, very much for your praise. I greatly appreciate it.

I will address specific questions and comments when I have the time.

Thank you again - I greatly appreciate it.

-Heie

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GPGeneralPhoto Senior Member • Posts: 2,114
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Just excellent! Keep safe!

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sharps4570 New Member • Posts: 18
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Essayons!

Thanks for the great photos and memories from an old engineer.  And thanks for your service.

Lost in the woods somewhere near FLW.

P645 Regular Member • Posts: 267
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Heie -

Thanks so much for candid images (they are striking and descriptive) and narrative...these are a side of the story I have not seen anywhere.

But most of all thanks for the job you are doing. Be safe and get home soon, along with all your collegues.

Regards,

Larry Hensley

Ohio, USA

Jack Simpson Forum Pro • Posts: 11,566
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Heie2 wrote:

https://wwwDOT pentaxforums DOT com/forums/general-talk/206057-update-number-fifteen-my-afghan-deployment.html

I would say, Heie, that your photos and work, passing out pens/notebooks, are worthy of a NPR or Stars_&_Stripes (I think that's US Army magasine?) and, hopefully, someone, in America, with contacts might do that

Great pics, great captions and great work

Cheers,

Jack

-Heie

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jamesm007 Veteran Member • Posts: 5,656
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I have watched you over the years now, and seen your passion.

I would not be quick to dismiss the K30. The filled Polycarbonate is not a bad thing when you have a full inner chassis of steel. I know there is a lot of metal around you. But you know non-metals are also very tough, as tough as steel for this application. Most people say metal offers superior EMI protection, not true. Polycarbonate can also offer just as good as EMI protection. The reason for Polycarbonate advancing state is for.... Mobil phones one of the biggest markets on the planet. I am not suggesting the K30 for your main camera but for a backup or what-ever camera. But no I am not suggesting it as your main camera. But personally if I where to design a camera for myself its outer shell would be Polycarbonate and go from there. Its really all in the design; 100% on the design. But again, the K30 is not tougher or a camera that may be for you and your needs.

I do did note your frustration with AF/tuning lens. Here is something that I learned over the last six or so years with photograpy as almost as much passion of yours. The constant heat and cold fluctuations over time causes AF to float around a bit. This could by why you often tune your lens. I believe your camera over a year sees a lot of different temp extremes; sometimes on a daily basis. The Pentax owners manual does recommend a checkup every year or two and you like me should take it to heart. Others who are less demanding as far as weather may not have to. You can understand by looking at tiny fine thread screws with glue on them to hold extremely tight tolerance - can be affected by temp differentials all the time. A new dSLR will be perfect for a time, then back to... it truly is one of the greatest benefits of mirror-less. But I would not buy a mirror-less if I can a dSLR.

Thanks for keeping us slightly to older guys fed with great pics. I usually tell people younger than me to live life to its fullest, have fun, get an education... But I don't need to say anything to you as you have your act together better than I ever did at your age ;).

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Jack Simpson Forum Pro • Posts: 11,566
Re: Update Number *Fifteen* from my Afghan Deployment

jamesm007 wrote:

I have watched you over the years now, and seen your passion.

I would not be quick to dismiss the K30. The filled Polycarbonate is not a bad thing when you have a full inner chassis of steel. I know there is a lot of metal around you. But you know non-metals are also very tough, as tough as steel for this application. Most people say metal offers superior EMI protection, not true. Polycarbonate can also offer just as good as EMI protection. The reason for Polycarbonate advancing state is for.... Mobil phones one of the biggest markets on the planet. I am not suggesting the K30 for your main camera but for a backup or what-ever camera. But no I am not suggesting it as your main camera. But personally if I where to design a camera for myself its outer shell would be Polycarbonate and go from there. Its really all in the design; 100% on the design. But again, the K30 is not tougher or a camera that may be for you and your needs.

I do did note your frustration with AF/tuning lens. Here is something that I learned over the last six or so years with photograpy as almost as much passion of yours. The constant heat and cold fluctuations over time causes AF to float around a bit. This could by why you often tune your lens. I believe your camera over a year sees a lot of different temp extremes; sometimes on a daily basis. The Pentax owners manual does recommend a checkup every year or two and you like me should take it to heart. Others who are less demanding as far as weather may not have to. You can understand by looking at tiny fine thread screws with glue on them to hold extremely tight tolerance - can be affected by temp differentials all the time. A new dSLR will be perfect for a time, then back to... it truly is one of the greatest benefits of mirror-less. But I would not buy a mirror-less if I can a dSLR.

Thanks for keeping us slightly to older guys fed with great pics. I usually tell people younger than me to live life to its fullest, have fun, get an education... But I don't need to say anything to you as you have your act together better than I ever did at your age ;).

Very well stated James

Cheers,

Jack

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