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  • Photo: Ryan Heffernan

    Ryan Heffernan, Exposure, August 2011

    In October 2009, Heffernan captured an unidentified soldier parachuting into Honduras's Estadio Olímpico through a cloud of confetti, part of the pregame theatrics for a World Cup qualifying match between Honduras and the U.S. national team. "It was tense. The country was in the midst of a coup, and the military was everywhere," says San Francisco-based Heffernan. The U.S. went on to defeat Honduras 3–2, thus qualifying for the World Cup. Surprisingly, the 45,000 fans remained relatively calm. "That probably had something to do with the military presence," says Heffernan. THE TOOLS: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 24–70 mm Canon EF f/2.8 lens, ISO 1000, f/4, 1/160 second

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