Pic Of The Week (48/2011)

Portuguese KFOR soldier at a check-point in northern Kosovo, August 2011 (Copyright Johann Brandstatter/JB Photography)

Portuguese KFOR soldier on a check-point in Kosovo
Portuguese KFOR soldier on a check-point in Kosovo (www.jb-photography.org)

I took this shot while doing a photo report together with my wife about the Kosovo crisis last August, when ethnic Serbs torched a customs building and set up road blocks in northern Kosovo.

On the way to one of the focal points of the crisis, the border crossing near Brnjak, we had a few tense minutes near one of those road blocks while trying to get some images. Local Serbs reacted rather unfriendly so we carefully extracted ourselves from the situation and went on towards the border.

On the road we were stopped at a check-point, manned by a squad of portuguese KFOR soldiers. Since these sons of Lusitania looked rather cool I asked for permission to take a few shots and they were happy to agree.

Canon EOS 50D & Canon EF 4/70-200 mm L USM; f4.0, 1/1000, ISO 400

More images from northern Kosovo can be viewed on our website – Kosovo Gallery 1, Gallery 2 (click links).