We ended up being housed on the far side of the American half of the base, in an area that was still under construction and, unfortunately for us, was not close to being done. We were shown to a small, concrete building with a partially finished roof and told that this would be where we would sleep.
On our second or third day, we were sitting in our dark room complaining about how miserable we were when an explosion blew our metal room door off of its hinges and wide open. We jumped up and ran outside in our socks, soaking our feet in the lake we called our floor.
Outside our room we saw a several other groups of soldiers exiting their barracks. We ran up to them and were told that they had just received a new artillery cannon that packed an unbelievable punch. The German photographer went immediately to photograph the happenings and I set myself up with the night shift to photograph later that evening.
That night I arrived to the location of the artillery crew as they were cleaning and preparing the cannon. I used a wide angle lens and propped the camera up on some rocks on the ground and attached a remote shutter release to avoid jarring the camera during the long exposures I would need to get the shots to come out.
The soldiers were using red flashlights to illuminate their work, common in the military because red is easier for your eyes to adjust to in dark conditions and also makes you less of a target if an enemy happens to be trying to attack you. This image shows the trails of the red lights as the crew cleaned the barrel of the cannon and adjusted the firing settings. One LED light provides the purplish glow toward the back of the cannon. A close look at the sky, especially to the right of the image, lower to the horizon, the stars appear blurry due to the long shutter speed, which capturedthe rotation of the Earth.