Can you spot the sniper? Photographer's amazing images of elite troops' camouflage techniques (Hint: They look a lot like a rock)
By Daily Mail Reporter
PUBLISHED: 22:39 EST, 17 February 2014 | UPDATED: 23:02 EST, 17 February 2014
A successful sniper has to be good at two things: shooting a rifle and blending in with their surroundings, as to not be seen by the intended target.
As German artist Simon Menner recently found out, military snipers are incredibly skilled at the latter - often blending into their surroundings so well that they can't be seen even if you know where to look.
Menner recently was granted permission to photograph German Army snipers as they blended into several landscapes. What he captured on film was the incredible way in which these snipers can make themselves nearly invisible to the naked eye - even in broad daylight.
In many cases, spotting the sniper is nearly impossible - all you can see is the business end of their sniper rifles jutting out of what appears to be a rock, or a bush, as the rest of their bodies and equipment are completely camouflaged. And chances are that if you're close enough to notice them, it's already too late - trained snipers are capable of accurately shooting targets that are more than a mile away.
In a series of photos taken by Menner, a sniper is hiding somewhere in the landscape. In another set of the same photos, the snipers' location is circled in red - which doesn't do much to help recognize these war-time chameleons.
See if you can spot the sniper in the series of photos below.
Hint: There is a small, tan mound right next to the first of two trees on the right
Can you see him now? Behind that clump of foliage is a well-trained killer
Hint: There is a small mound to the left of the trees
Can you see him now? If you get this close to a sniper, chances are you've already been in his cross-hairs for 15 minutes
Hint: He is somewhere in that cluster of pine trees in the center of the photo
Can you see him now? Quietly waiting on this hillside is a sniper and his rifle - a very deadly combination
Hint: He is behind a rock in the foreground of the photo and he's pointing his rifle directly at you
Can you see him now? Not only is this sniper practically invisible, but he has a boulder protecting him in case his target spots him first
Hint: He's in a tree and you probably can't see him
Can you see him now: A sniper doesn't even need to have his feet on the ground to be a deadly killing machine
Hint: He's somewhere in the small clearing on the right side of the photo
Can you see him now? What looks like grass and a tree trunk is actually a well-trained sniper
Hint: He's in the clump of foliage in the center of the photo
Can you see him now? Somewhere in that pile of foliage is a man with a gun
Hint: he's below the branches that are jutting out into the center of the photo
Can you see him now? A good sniper doesn't need much to blend into his surroundings
Hint: he's in the bottom-left section of the photo hiding amongst the rocks
Can you see him now? Just looks like a regular pile of rocks - armed with a sniper rifle
Hint: he's near the curved tree trunk in the center of the photo
Can you see him now? Probably not...
Hint: He's in the brush, just to the right of the trees to the left
Can you see him now? Because he can see you
Hint: He's in the foreground almost in the center of the photo
Can you see him now? The dark spot on the field looks like all the other dark spots - except this one is armed
Hint: He's to the right of the tree in the foreground of the photo
Can you see him now? Then it's time to turn around and start running
Hint: He's the one that looks like the rest of the rocks, but also has a human face
Can you see him now? OK, that one was a gimme
Hint: He's to the right of the tree-covered rocks on the left of the photo
Can you see him now? He's that tiny speck of darkness next to that crag