Presented are one recent image from the Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard, Army and Marines. They each show great artistry in the way they portray the very different scenes they have captured.
The curvy Raptor is almost Rubenesque–one can’t ignore it even though the background colors merge with the metal. The Colorado training shot is Impressionistic but also has a colorful Sci-Fi glow. Is this landscape and sky really Earth’s?
The Coast Guard rescue is the Realism style–a job is done with no drama on their part. Someone has lost a very expensive boat but not their lives. The Marine portrait is a fine example of how lighting and composition can be used to show a person’s mood. The last Naval scene is somber, sensitive and respectful in its depiction of a burial-at-sea.
The photographs have a crisp cinematic look but unlike many films today, they are not computer-generated–they are the real deal. They show human technological power and nature’s power on display yet the possibility of danger, at any moment, is implied. There are many moving photos on the DOD Flickr account to marvel at. Click any of these images to see bigger, more detailed versions, or to discover more by scrolling left or right.