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Canon
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Canon EOS REBEL T1i
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F/5.6
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187 mm
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Jun 5, 2011, 11:07:59 AM
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Hold on to what's important by chris-stahl Hold on to what's important by chris-stahl
I debated for a very long time before deciding to post this photo.

It's always a photographer's mission to be unnoticed so that they can capture life as it happens without someone feeling the need to pose for the camera. On June 5th, 2011 the Soldiers of the 1484th Transportation Company of the Ohio Army National Guard boarded a plane that would take them away from their families for a year. In the hours prior to that, I was privileged to be a part of the departure ceremonies and to photograph what took place.

I almost didn't take this picture. As it was, I had to turn away afterwards and wipe tears from my eyes.

If I could say anything to this Soldier and his son I would say, "Don't worry. You're going with a great group of Soldiers. I know that the separation will be hard but it will be over before you know it. And the next hug will probably have some tears involved as well. But they will be tears of joy."

Please support our Soldiers.

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1pen Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Professional Photographer
Your excellent work has been featured here: fav.me/d6kr0bw
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PeaceKeeperd Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
"A soldier is not a man with a gun. A soldier is a not man who's soul purpose is to follow orders and kill the enemy. A soldier is a man who's heart belongs to the love of his life, the family he had helped raise, and the nation he went to serve. A soldier is a human being with a heart. A heart that beats for everything he loves..."
-Written in a mock speech I made.

These men and women sacrifice everything for us, the people and the nation.

Before they go, before they put themselves in harms way... they must say goodbye to their families. I can't imagine. But, you know, it's all worth it when he comes back home. :)

To all men and women serving in all branches of the US military, I thank you for everything that you have done to keep us and others safe. Love you guys...
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BigMikeAtTt Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
WOW that is sad, because a soldier is not a number with a rifle. There are people, childs, behind him.

It is easy to make nice shots of landscape or animals, but this here must be the hardest way.
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TheLiizTheory Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
God bless all of our troops.
This made a few tears fall, very nice.
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chris-stahl Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for the kind words.
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TheLiizTheory Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Anytime, it is truly beautiful. :heart:
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iytj Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
so powerful and emotional!! excellent capture!:clap:
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chris-stahl Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
It was a pretty emotional day. This one is from about an hour later.
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iytj Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
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oh my!!hope you are all ok,guys!!:pray:
please take care!
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Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
People should know what kind of unreal sacrifice this truely is and what heroes these people really are.
God bless our troops and God bless America
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