What a day

I would up the contrast a bit imo. The water could be more motion blurred/wavy with some saves following the boot movement of the soldier.

some smoke might do the shot justice but I imagine it’s pretty hard to get smoke particles or photoshop smoke to look good

If he’s smoking a cig, then thats a little awkward of a pose with his right arm holding the cigarette

otherwise honestly this is a really nice shot. the framing is really well done, and the shadows and colors are quite bitter in regards to the feeling of the soldier.

His right arm is grasping his rifle’s strap…

from our perspective…

okay then his left arm…