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Old Jan 25, 2010, 7:12 PM   #1
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I can't decide if this shot is too dark. On one hand, I feel that it gives that oppressive feeling of being surrounded by jungle, but on the other, it feels a bit under exposed.

The shot is of a reenactor at a Vietnam War reenactment, in Virginia.

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Old Jan 25, 2010, 7:34 PM   #2
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Good shot. Its a tad dark, but I wouldnt change it. It is in keeping with the type of shot.
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I like it as well...gives a closed in jungle feeling. The panning works well too.
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As someone who has been to jungle, it does give a close sense of it being darker. The canopied does cut allot of the light from the jungle floor. It sets the mood of the shoot well.

The actor was pretty close, he should have tape the buckles of the sling. Giving a more realistic sense of a soldier in the jungle. Don't want the clank of the sling to alert anyone.
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Thanks for all the commentary!
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As someone who has been to jungle, it does give a close sense of it being darker. The canopied does cut allot of the light from the jungle floor. It sets the mood of the shoot well.

The actor was pretty close, he should have tape the buckles of the sling. Giving a more realistic sense of a soldier in the jungle. Don't want the clank of the sling to alert anyone.
Line companies moved through the jungle with the stealth of an elephant, often inviting attack unwittingly. I knew few that would tape their sling buckles, and there were those that did. LRRP and Recon units were the quietest, never talking above a whisper, and had strict light discipline.

Your shot is very good.

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I know that way to well. When I was in panama, the line companies were quite loud. We went out is sq and team size elements, were allot more quite and kept better light and noise discipline.

The buckle by the stock just caught my eye on the photo. That is all.
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LOL, I know what you mean. It's only been 40 years for me! I remember it like it was yesterday...
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I've been out far a while now, but all those things are still second nature.
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I've been out far a while now, but all those things are still second nature.
You're so right. By the way, I have never heard of a vietnam war re-enactment, makes me feel old! Wait, I AM old lol.. Where was this at?
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