by SSgt Jodi Martinez

A member of the Croation Military Assistance Force breaks through smoke during pursuit after an enemy at exercise Jackal Stone, Eugen Kvaternik, Croatia, Sept. 20, 2012.  United States of America, Slovakian, and Croatian Forces joined together to train, compare differentiating TTPs, and build on their international relationships.   (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jodi Martinez/Released)

Photographer's Narrative


I noticed the sun flare in my camera lens.  Normally, photographers move their position to eliminate the flare, but I decided to stay where I was, hoping that the flare would create a halo around the Croatian soldier as he ran into my frame.  Luckily, he did, and the effect helped create another dimension to the image.  As the soldier broke through the smoke it gave made him a majestic look.  When anticipating a shot works it's a rewarding thing.