‘good, good my friend’

Yesterday during my evening visit to the top of the Al Masaak hill I once again obliged the Afghan soldiers with picture taking.  I had my Tokina 11-16 lens on the camera, which makes much different pictures from my ‘normal’ lens.

You may recognize the soldier in the picture with me as the guy I introduced in one of my first posts from Al Masaak (Pictures of the ANA).  He was the first Soldier to approach me to ask for his picture to be taken and he does everything he can to be in every picture I take.

His English is better than my Pashto, but is limited to three phrases that he repeats often – ‘good, good’, ‘how are you’ and ‘my friend’.  He is always the first to literally run to me when I go up the hill and greets me with ‘How are you, good, good my friend’  After every picture I take I have to show it to him and again he says ‘good, good’ as he gives me the thumbs up.

Last night after he made sure I took pictures of him he indicated he wanted me to be in the picture with him.  It took a minute or so for me to show another Soldier how to use my camera and then I was able to have a shot with my biggest fan on Al Masaak.

It will be like Christmas a really big day for these guys when I give them the prints.

Thanks for looking!

PS – for the next few posts I am going to post the images in gallery & slide show format as it is easy for me & I have heard from some that the slide show works better & others like the ability to look at an individual picture.

Is it better to have the slide show above or below the gallery images or doesn’t it matter?

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17 responses »

  1. I like the stories you post… the stories behind the pictures, so to speak 🙂 Regarding the layout, I think I like being able to see all the pictures in a gallery and then clicking on them individually. If you have a slideshow, then I have to wait for them to come up, one by one. Hope this helps 🙂

  2. Reggie says:

    I find that when I click on one of the photos in the gallery, they immediately fill the screen, and I can then go forward and backward through them – whereas the slideshow just stays the same size.

    I also like the stories behind the pictures. 🙂

  3. free penny press says:

    I was thinking when you go back home you may never see some of these friends again..I think it’s awesome you will be in the states and half way around the world you will have friends yet have all these great photos as reminders..
    I like the slideshow (how do you do that?)

    • danbohmer says:

      yes, photos help preserve the memories

      To add the slide show – from the ‘add media’ button click the ‘gallery’ tab & the very last button on the bottom is ‘insert slideshow’. I wish I would have used it sooner.

  4. Ray's Mom says:

    Great photos. Stay safe, and I know you have family that doubles that wish. Truly enjoy your posts and photos.

  5. hellboy2503 says:

    Great photos on your blog

  6. A Dog With Fleas says:

    Thank you for checking out my blog. If you didn’t, I would have never found your wonderful blog, photos and your wonderful stories on how they came about.

    Glad to hear that you will be coming home soon. Stay safe and I truly enjoy looking at your blog!!

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