1 in a million Iraqi War Photo

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  1. pinoybaptist

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    US troops still facing very stiff opposition in Iraq. [Snipped by moderator Major B. Photo inappropriate for this board.]

    [ December 03, 2003, 06:23 PM: Message edited by: Major B ]
     
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  3. Abiyah

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    Wow. Incrdible photograph. Brings lots of ques-
    tions to mind.

    I do not intend a damper on this hoto, for real or not,
    it has a poignant and true message, but I wonder
    where the child's shadow is. The soldier has a
    definite shadow, but i cannot see one for the child
    on the photo, as it shows on my screen. I could
    easily reproduce this photo, adding the child and
    the child's activity, but I would have added an
    appropriate shadow -- just a bit of one at the
    child's feet. I would have also added some
    splatter from the soldier's helmet. The child's feet
    appear to be in the wrong position, and there does
    not seem to be any logic behind the orange lines
    that appear near the child's head, extending out-
    ward into the black shadow of the doorway.

    It is odd, too, how theee is a straight line of brick
    going up the wall behind the child, when no such
    line appears anywhere else on the building; -- the
    rest are definitely staggered. Also, the crack in
    the threshold is definite and strong but disappears
    then reappears at the arc of the child's actvity.

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  4. Abiyah

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    I recently used a photograph of my first husband
    as a little boy, standing at a campfire with his big
    brother and added a "twin" of my first husband.
    It was easily done, expecially for a first-timer.
    I changed the "twin" so that he was a tiny bit
    slimmer, put a little campfire soot on his shirt,
    added shoes where the shoes on my husband
    were cut off by the photo frame, and stood him
    back a bit. I added a shadow under him and
    changed some of the folds in the fabric of his
    pants. I changed his hotdog-roasting-stick so
    that it pointed down the middle, toward the fire.
    Making two of these; on one, I added a convincing
    black cowboy hat like those worn by boys of the
    time.

    In doing such a thing, shadows and background
    are all-important, in order to make a convincing
    "photo." However, as a first-timer, I did it well
    enough that my son, the "eagle-eyed" critic was
    stunned. I have gone from there to repairing
    damaged photos, removing mildew, scratches,
    and tears.

    Bottom line: I think the photo has a very signifi-
    cant message, but I think it is a fake. How many
    other fakes will we be shown, how many will we
    believe. Computers are wonderful, and a little
    bit of imagination and careful manipulation will
    surely convince us of the reality of something
    unreal.
     
  5. Glory Bound

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    I agree with Abiyah's extensive analysis - the photo is a fake. It even seems that the direction of lighting is different for the boy and the soldier.

    This is a political statement. It's no different that the popular cartoon character of a little boy doing the same thing on whatever the person displaying the cartoon dislikes.

    I think it's shameful to circulate such disrespect for our troops in this manner. It disturbs me.
     
  6. NaasPreacher (C4K)

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    fakes are WAY 2 easy. I recently took a photo of my wife and I in front of the Arch de Triumphe and put us in fron of Windsor Castle - looks good too!
     
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    The photo is a fluke---what in the world is the trooper doing---fixin' to open fire and a little boy is there----the trooper should clear the area first---besides---

    the combat gear is more along the line of British and not standard GI gear! The weapon is not standard US M-16 or M-4 Carbine! Looks like British!!!

    That's what burns me up about media being invited into combat zones!!
     
  8. Dr. Bob

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    Have received a number of emails about this already today, so think it wise to shut this down. Picture is a fake and crude. No place here.
     

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