You're right, Rob. Looking back at what was going on around me I'm not sure I could have gotten off two or three frames. And here's something I posted on Digital Grin's "Documentary" forum this morning on a similar criticism:
"With due respect to ****, who's a good photographer, I have to say that I think attempts to tell a photographer where he should have stood, how long he should have waited, or how he should have aimed his camera differently are mistakes. Unless you're able to stand in the same spot at the same time you have no basis for that kind of criticism. Critiques like that remind me of civilian judges who've never been in harm's way feeling they're qualified to make decisions about what a soldier or a cop should have done under fire. Yes, there are a bunch of rules of composition that it's nice to follow, as there are laws that one ordinarily must follow, but to understand the situation you have to be there."