Photographer Catches Exact Moment Of A Tank Shell Hitting Syrian Rebels

Photographer Catches Exact Moment Of A Tank Shell Hitting Syrian Rebels

A reporter and photographer for GlobalPost.comTracey Shelton, earlier this week caught some unbelievable footage of some men of the  Noor Den al-Zenke batallion from Aleppo, Syria being hit by a tank's shell. She released a quick series of screenshots from the footage as photographs today. The photos are an incredible and quite horrific example of war. 

Tracey was only a few meters away from the blast when it occurred. She was shooting with a Canon 7D and a 28mm lens on a tripod running at 30fps. While I have seen video captured of times of war, this has to be one of the most amazing examples of what can be pulled from video footage to quickly reach a global audience.


"As the cloud of smoke engulfed the street we ran back and frantically waited for the others to escape through the dust and debris. But no one came. In that split second, three men were reduced to broken, bleeding masses. After a few minutes of disorientation, a vehicle arrived to transport the bodies. The survivors washed away the blood and flesh in a heartbreaking clean up. New fighters came to take their posts. And the battle continued." -Tracey Shelton


From left to right: Issa Aiash, 30, father of three, his young brother Ahmed, 17, and Sheihk Mamoud, 42, father of a newborn son, laugh and joke as they clean their post Saturday.

 (Tracey Shelton - GlobalPost)

A call comes through that a tank was spotted nearby. The men immediately grab weapons. (Tracey Shelton - GlobalPost)

Within seconds the tank blast has already hit. (Tracey Shelton - GlobalPost)

Debris and smoke fill the street around 30 meters back - covering me and the camera in dust. (Tracey Shelton - GlobalPost)

This man was the only survivor. (Tracey Shelton - GlobalPost)

He escaped with injuries. (Tracey Shelton - GlobalPost)

It took several minutes before the dust cleared enough to check for more survivors, but there was nothing we could do.  (Tracey Shelton - GlobalPost)

I have always had a deep respect for war photographers and the courage that they have within themselves to help keep the world informed and educated about what is going outside most of our bubbles. How do you feel about the images?

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Julian Silva's picture

In sports photography they're already using this method just to take a good picture though.

But how many sports images have caught the worlds attention and fooled people into believing the 'photographer' caught the action at the exact moment?  
Do you think Eddie Adams' images from Vietnam would have the same iconic status if they'd have been grabs from video?

With DSLR's running at 12FPS, they are only a few logical steps from video FPS rates. If the D5/EOS 1 XI goes mirrorless, it's not that much of a stretch. Capturing the "decisive moment" is still about being there, no matter how the technology helps you.

It's exactly like hitting the shutter at the right moment AND STAYING WITH IT.  Talent and stones...and natural lighting. 

Times have changed Junction 10.  Since digital became the standard of modern photography...about 12 or so years ago, the definition of "photography" has evolved.  What's the difference of pushing a button on a camera or a remote triggering device and capturing 10fps or 30fps?  It's all photography my friend.  The only reason photographers of the past would have a different outlook is because such technology had yet to surface in their days.  It's a new world now.

Very powerful. I cannot help but look at the initial blast, the moment that those men stood for the last time, as if things were going to be ok. 

As for war photography, I'll pass until the day that my d4 shoots RAW as well as missiles. My hat's off to those brave photographers.

Can we say Pulitzer Prize candidate?

Great photographs and taking the risk of your life over these great captures in itself is spellbound.

Anne Mullett's picture

The desecration of man.

Without being specific, I believe the onus is now on for the free press to publish photos and video of the realities of War in all it's grotesque obscenity. fly post on billboards the horror, show pitiless realities on your websites, denounce your Governments. If people here at home saw the vileness of chidren blown to death then maybe, just maybe there would be greater outrage and volition to cease bloodshed commited in our name, sanctioned by idiots wagging their elbows in Whitehall or Washington. Personally I didn't think these pictures were particularly good- too glossy. As long as every war is sanitised, in a culture of fantasy killing, where every gun totting creep is a"hero"- we ain't got no chance. Splatter blood, real blood over every screen, people might start to think and feel more human. These journalists are every bit front line troops as the best commandoes, let's not kowtow to propaganda. Information is more important than International Relations, Diplomacy, or one or other public school boy striding across the globe-  so often they purportrate the crimes that allow the killings to go on. Julian Horsfield.

How come the guy in the flack jacket and red t-shirt is still alive and well? (photo 2, 3, and 4.) Just wondering.