Day 223 (10 Aug 2012) Fair Winds and Following Seas USS Providence!

I know this post is a bit late for yesterday, but It was late when I made it home last night, and I’ve had technical problems all morning.

Yesterday I was asked to take some photos for a couple that I’m good friends with.  He was leaving on an extended deployment on the USS Providence, a US Navy Fast Attack Submarine (almost identical to the one I served on).  Of course I said yes; I know how important and hard this day is on both of them, having experienced more than once.  I shot a lot of images, most of which are still being uploaded. The image below below is the first one I worked with.  It came out way too over exposed (I had my settings all wrong from shooting at their home, and I wasn’t fast enough to properly set it up for this shot)

I wasn’t expecting anything from this, being as over exposed as it is.  But after some heavy tweaks, what you see below came out.  And it hit me; the emotion of this image, the moment, and memories of my own moments, including sending off my gf to spain for up to 3  years, just hit.  I couldn’t move or think for a little while.  I can’t even go back into LR to finish the rest of them right now.

Fair Winds and Following Seas, crew of the USS Providance!  May God’s hand be upon  you, and the families you left behind!  Return safely and with your mission complete!

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18 mm, 1/20 sec, f/3.5, ISO 100 (Goodbye)

Day 86 (26 March 2012) Father Daughter Time

Today I’ll be seeing my gf off to Spain for a 3 year tour in the mission field.  It’s a bitter-sweet day as I’m excited for her and proud of what she’s doing, but I’m gonna miss her a lot.  I’ll of course get to visit her and thanks to technology, get to “see” and talk to her often.

Her family and I took a short walk before heading to the airport and I was able to take this shot of her and her father getting some father/daughter time together.

Father Daughter Time

60 mm, 1/40 sec, f/6.3, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Father Daughter Time)