2015 Photo Contest, Contemporary Issues, Stories, 2nd prize

Blue Sky Days

Photographer

Tomas van Houtryve

VII for Harper's Magazine

27 October, 2013

Residential homes surrounding a circular park in Montgomery County, Maryland, viewed from a drone. The National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the US Navy have both applied for drone authorization in Montgomery County.

Since 2002, the US has used unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, or drones) to collect intelligence and carry out airstrikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. The aircraft are guided via satellite by distant operators. The attacks have resulted in a large number of fatalities, including hundreds of civilians.

About the photographer

Tomas van Houtryve

Initially a student in philosophy, Tomas van Houtryve developed a passion for photography while enrolled in an overseas university program in Nepal. Immediately after graduation ...

Technical information

Shutter Speed
1/2500
Focal length
18.3 mm
F-Stop
3.5
ISO
200
Camera
GR

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