Capturing extraordinary war images (and death) with an HDSLR

by planetMitch6 Comments

Tracey Shelton has captured an extraordinary set of images of the death of soldiers with her Canon EOS 7D HDSLR in Syria by using the video mode and extracting the images from the movies.

These incredible images show was not only the horrors of war, but how quickly a life can be extinguished. In a series of three consecutive frames from this 7D movie, three gentlemen lost their lives. First, they were there, then 3 frames later, they were gone. The staff over at Gizmodo took those 3 images and made an animated gif which we show below.

I was going to file a report on this amazing video and this afternoon I found that our good friend Dan Chung had done an interview with Tracey Shelton via skype and posted it today – see it at the end… it is intriguing to hear her discussion of the still images and how they went viral long before the video was released.

Before you see the 3 frames, I feel it is good to see the video report from Tracey (you can see her whole report and more photos on the globalPost page) and read these words…

In Tracy's words…

This time, the assault came with little warning. As the cloud of smoke engulfed the street we ran back and frantically waited for the others to escape through the cloud of smoke and debris. But no one came. In that split second, three men were reduced to broken, bleeding masses.

Tracey Shelton's 3 frames from Syria

From Gizmodo

Dan Chung's interview

Again, from Dan's story on the story

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(cover photo credit: snap from the video)


    1. Yes Matt, if only we could live in a world of such atheists as Stalin, Mao and Po Pot then we would be at piece.

  1. Such a moving piece of film.This is not about religion,its a sad fact about the evolution of human behavior of the past 5000 years,and more this past 100 years,mans endless greed for power,control,creating corruption,hate,anger and insane crimes of war and dead apon our brothers and sisters….we are all one,unfornately we will not learn till the very world (earth) we talk about, and love,that supports us as we rape it of its natural resources ,will turn a new leaf and wipe most of us out, hopefully only then those that remain will have the chance to create a freedom these very men have fought and died for….

  2. look at this poll on the globalpost site !!


    there is a civil war in syria,

    so i do not care about kittens,
    and i do not care about how many children people holding guns have.

    this piece fails to give any useful information on why this civil war is happening, who supports and who opposes each side etc.
    instead it uses strong images to generate strong emotions in favor of one of the sides involved in this civil war.

    do you think its ok to promote one sided politics and propaganda on this site just because it is made on a 7D?

    please, be careful.

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      CK – let’s not go there… this site is about the usage of HDSLRs not politics. Just because I post a piece doesn’t mean I’m promoting one side of the conflict or the other.

  3. Good LORD. I’m speechless… Haven’t seen something like this since Restrepo

    I can see where CK is coming from… and I can also see where Mitch is coming from.

    It’s unfortunate that we have to put disclaimers on everything just to not hurt or offend certain people.

    All in all, thanks for sharing.

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