A Tiltrotor Squadron in Afghanistan

Scenes of a Marine unit flying the incredible, versatile Osprey.

(Ed Darack)

Inside the Hangar

(Ed Darack)

High dynamic range imaging, or HDR, is a photographic technique that allows a greater range between the light and dark areas of a photograph. "HDR photography is a fantastic form of imaging, but only certain scenes lend themselves to this technique," says Darack. "When I first toured VMM-261's grounds, I saw this Osprey undergoing phase maintenance. I decided that the lighting inside the hangar, combined with the exterior, natural light creeping in, was just such a scene. I made a number of exposures, then combined them in a program called Photomatix. This image is the result."

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