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Reuters Caught with Doctored Lebanon Photo, Again
Newsbusters/Reuters ^ | August 28 | John Armor

Posted on 08/28/2006 5:14:42 AM PDT by Halfmanhalfamazing

You would think that Reuters learned its lesson about publishing to the world photos doctored to create a false image. After all, they were caught with multiple false photos from Lebanon, and had to take down more than 900 images from one stringer. Reuters promised it would have "experienced editors" look at all such photos in the future.

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You can just look at this one and tell that it is fake.

But anybody have a link that goes in depth?

(adminmoderator, this belongs in the sidebar, right? The other ones did)

1 posted on 08/28/2006 5:14:46 AM PDT by Halfmanhalfamazing
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

For anybody interested, here is the first photoshopped image

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1678623/posts

And the second

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1678852/posts

I thought that Reuters canned Adnan Hajj? Apparently he wasn't the only one?


2 posted on 08/28/2006 5:16:44 AM PDT by Halfmanhalfamazing (Linux, the #2 OS. Mac, the #3 OS. That's why Picasa is on Linux and not Mac.)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

The flag isn't white. As bloggers have noted, the contrast on this photo has been punched up to turn light blue into white. The UN helmets which are actually light blue, seem white with slight shadows. The "white" flag is actually a back-lit, blue, UN flag. Confirmation of the doctoring of this photo is that the background of the poster in the upper right has entirely disappeared, so its black words seem to float in a "white" sky.

3 posted on 08/28/2006 5:18:00 AM PDT by COUNTrecount
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

Errr, This is for the second photoshopped image. Sorry.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1678950/posts


4 posted on 08/28/2006 5:18:07 AM PDT by Halfmanhalfamazing (Linux, the #2 OS. Mac, the #3 OS. That's why Picasa is on Linux and not Mac.)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing
Here's the photo. Supposedly the color blue was lightened up so as to appear white in the UN flag (note the blue helments also appear white):


5 posted on 08/28/2006 5:18:18 AM PDT by The G Man (The NY Times did "great harm to the United States" - President George W. Bush 6/26/06)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

Am I the only one who thinks the photo is hilarious?


6 posted on 08/28/2006 5:19:15 AM PDT by hellinahandcart
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To: COUNTrecount

Yeah, you can see the washed out UN logo on it.

The part that looks photoshopped to me is the entire tank; looks like it was artificially just set in there.


7 posted on 08/28/2006 5:19:19 AM PDT by Halfmanhalfamazing (Linux, the #2 OS. Mac, the #3 OS. That's why Picasa is on Linux and not Mac.)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

Brightness turned up to the point that the blue flag and helmets of the UN personnel appear white. Clearly doctored photo.

Unfortunately, though those items are not white, the net effect of what was done in this foolish cease fire is raltively accurate. We should have not only let Israel continue to destroy Hezbollah, we should have encouraged it until it was well and fully done.

8 posted on 08/28/2006 5:20:36 AM PDT by Jeff Head (www.dragonsfuryseries.com)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

Needs more keywords.


9 posted on 08/28/2006 5:21:14 AM PDT by saganite (Billions and billions and billions-------and that's just the NASA budget!)
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To: The G Man
Okay, so what's the point of making the blue into white? Well, aside from the obvious FR perspective on the UN.

What is this "photoshopping" buying them?

10 posted on 08/28/2006 5:22:25 AM PDT by AFreeBird (... Burn the land and boil the sea's, but you can't take the skies from me.)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing
I'm really missing something here. They filtered the light blue to appear white? Why? Is it to make it appear the U.N. is surrendering to Nosehairlla?

Sorry, I guess I'm out of outrage.
11 posted on 08/28/2006 5:27:20 AM PDT by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: COUNTrecount
The UN helmets which are actually light blue, seem white with slight shadows.

The UN helmets look light blue. Adjusting the contrast isn't doctoring the photo. And I don't think that's a white sign in the upper right since it would have to be behind the other sign and then behind the building that is to the left and considerably farther behind that sign.
12 posted on 08/28/2006 5:32:49 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

I think it's possible that Reuters played with the brightness on this one. But I don't think it's quite accurate to say that it was actually doctored. Because of glare, etc. it's not unusual to alter brightness before publishing a photo. It is possible that due to the glare of the sun this is the way it actually appeared and darkening it would have made everything look black.


13 posted on 08/28/2006 5:33:11 AM PDT by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: AFreeBird

The photoshopping isn't "buying" them anything per se.

But this is the liberal media we're talking about. I'm honestly surprised we don't see photoshoppery on other topics as well, not just from lebanon.

I'd go so far as to say that the editors at reuters noticed this as well, and didn't care. They want this type of crap getting published, look at all of their pro-hezbollah articles. The entire media is infested and saturated with it.

It's like a bad episode of the matrix.


14 posted on 08/28/2006 5:33:13 AM PDT by Halfmanhalfamazing (Linux, the #2 OS. Mac, the #3 OS. That's why Picasa is on Linux and not Mac.)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing
I do a fair amount of photoshop work to deal with difficult lighting conditions. I really don't think this in any way represents a deliberate distortion. The photo is an interesting montage obviously taken in high contrast light. They had to punch up the shadow levels to have a photo at all. They got lazy and didn't fix the color.

Personally, I think the author is getting paranoid.

15 posted on 08/28/2006 5:33:19 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (There are people in power who are truly evil.)
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To: AFreeBird
Okay, so what's the point of making the blue into white?

It is probably just the result of someone trying to lighten up a dark photo.
16 posted on 08/28/2006 5:33:39 AM PDT by P-40 (Al Qaeda was working in Iraq. They were just undocumented.)
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To: hellinahandcart
"Am I the only one who thinks the photo is hilarious?"

Nope.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1690813/posts

17 posted on 08/28/2006 5:34:45 AM PDT by KoRn
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To: BallyBill

"A French" United Nations vehicle drives past a photo of Hizbollah leader .... Nasrallah, in Tyre...." .......That explains it, the flag is white!


18 posted on 08/28/2006 5:35:42 AM PDT by Bringbackthedraft (If Bin Laden kidnapped Jimmy Carter, would you care?)
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To: AFreeBird

"What is this photoshopping buying them?"Good question.Nothing as far as i can see.But perhaps they see the UN as a joke-like the rest of the world.


19 posted on 08/28/2006 5:39:10 AM PDT by Thombo2
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

I'm not sure it is doctored.

It appears more to be lighting (sunlight) that gives the impression that the flag is white, rather than intentional doctoring.


20 posted on 08/28/2006 5:40:13 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing
I'm honestly surprised we don't see photoshoppery on other topics as well, not just from lebanon.

We have... and it's most likely that inumerable images have been radically altered on ALL topics... if not flat-out 'created'. It's amazing what a trained, retoucher can do in Photoshop... in high-end advertising, you can earn a good living at it.

21 posted on 08/28/2006 5:43:39 AM PDT by johnny7 (“And what's Fonzie like? Come on Yolanda... what's Fonzie like?!”)
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To: Carry_Okie
Totally agree. You can see the photo is shooting into a tough light situation. The open sky on the upper right most likely made the aperture close way down resulting in a dark picture. Lazy photoshop work trying to correct it, thats all.

Nothing to see here. Move along.
22 posted on 08/28/2006 5:44:43 AM PDT by baystaterebel (http://omphalosgazer.blogspot.com/)
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To: johnny7
"Shazam! They done it again???"


23 posted on 08/28/2006 5:45:40 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Freedom isn't free, but the men and women of the military will pay most of your share)
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To: BallyBill

I agree, this is crying wolf. I think it should be removed from Breaking News.


24 posted on 08/28/2006 5:54:03 AM PDT by Paradox (The "smarter" the individual, the greater his power of self-deception.)
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To: hellinahandcart

I think it's "fake but accurate".....:)


25 posted on 08/28/2006 5:54:43 AM PDT by Salamander (And don't forget my Dog; fixed and consequent.........)
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To: baystaterebel

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^You can see the photo is shooting into a tough light situation. The open sky on the upper right most likely made the aperture close way down resulting in a dark picture.^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

That's not open sky. As Armor over at NB noted, that's not sky.

I've never seen the sky with clean writing on it. Have you?

It's got arabic writing on it, then it says "AL JANGUS", whatever that means.


26 posted on 08/28/2006 5:54:46 AM PDT by Halfmanhalfamazing (Linux, the #2 OS. Mac, the #3 OS. That's why Picasa is on Linux and not Mac.)
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27 posted on 08/28/2006 5:55:56 AM PDT by SJackson (The Pilgrims—Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn't do!)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

I'm more worried about Israel's doctored military apparatus.


28 posted on 08/28/2006 5:58:35 AM PDT by Rutles4Ever
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

Bush Derangement Syndrome is proven to prevent learning from past mistakes in 99.9% of journalists and dems.


29 posted on 08/28/2006 6:01:43 AM PDT by RightCanuck
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To: COBOL2Java
“You know what I'm talkin' about.”


30 posted on 08/28/2006 6:01:57 AM PDT by johnny7 (“And what's Fonzie like? Come on Yolanda... what's Fonzie like?!”)
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To: Rutles4Ever

how so?


31 posted on 08/28/2006 6:05:30 AM PDT by Halfmanhalfamazing (Linux, the #2 OS. Mac, the #3 OS. That's why Picasa is on Linux and not Mac.)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing
"Yeah, you can see the washed out UN logo on it"

Washed out UN seems more appropriate!

32 posted on 08/28/2006 6:07:30 AM PDT by fuzzthatwuz
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

All I see is little red x's.


33 posted on 08/28/2006 6:08:19 AM PDT by Terabitten (The only time you can have too much ammunition is when you're swimming.)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing
I have taken thousands of pictures, edited them in photoshop, yadda yadda yadda I wont bore you with the details....

Thats a washed out sky. Note the roof tops and power lines also in that part of the frame. Your looking for a devious deception where none exists.

Save it for the real thing.

Its nothing more then a bad photo with bad photoshop work done to it.
34 posted on 08/28/2006 6:11:55 AM PDT by baystaterebel (http://omphalosgazer.blogspot.com/)
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I can't believe no one caught this. "A French United Nations vehicle". A white flag. Whats the running joke about France???????

Not only is it doctored...its a joke at the French military. Or France itself.


35 posted on 08/28/2006 6:13:04 AM PDT by The peoples DJ
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing
Sometimes I think people get their panties in a wad for the sake of that wedgies feeling. So what? This guy smiling at a white flag or a UN flag makes no difference to me.  When I first clicked onto this thread, before I read the part about the smile directed to the white flag, I simply couldn't find any part of the picture that made me think anything other than this guy looks like a kid.

The photographer probably saw the connection, took the shot and had to lighten it to get Nasrallah to even appear. Lightening the photo makes the image on photo paper look like the image the cameraman saw. That is not dishonest.  It's no more dishonest than a photojournalist using a telephoto lens, or a polarizing one, or a sketch artist doing the graphic.

Sometimes I think people need a bit more Zoloft in their lives..

 

36 posted on 08/28/2006 6:13:34 AM PDT by HawaiianGecko (Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.)
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To: BallyBill

Yeah, to us it's a non-event. But I think, to the average hezbo/hezbo- supporter on the street, it accomplishes what the propagandist/photographer intended.


37 posted on 08/28/2006 6:14:09 AM PDT by Roccus
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To: hellinahandcart
The setting (a BIG SMILING Muslim dictator) is shown welcoming the UN army....

Having defeated the Evvvvvvvvvvvvviiiiiiiiiiil Israeli army.

Ya can't pay for that kind of propaganda to the world, and Reuters does it for free!
38 posted on 08/28/2006 6:15:22 AM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but Hillary's ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: wagglebee

The marquis of Nasrallah on the side of the building is pretty dark compared to the rest of the photograph. I'm still a novice in Photoshop, but it looks to me as if the contrast was pumped up so Nasrallah's face wasn't in the dark. It resulted in washing out the rest of the image.

As to the words hanging in the sky, I'd assumed they were letters on posts. You don't see them often in the US anymore but they're still around.


39 posted on 08/28/2006 6:18:44 AM PDT by Kieri (A Grafted Branch (Rom. 11))
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To: baystaterebel

^^^^^^^^^^I have taken thousands of pictures, edited them in photoshop, yadda yadda yadda I wont bore you with the details....^^^^^^^^^^

I don't doubt your experience, and that does appear to be sky, however I've never seen writing like that any time I've looked up.

If anything, it looks like it's a separate banner. Note the orange bar inbetween the nasrallah photo and what appears to be sky on the right.

Yellow writing doesn't appear in skies, but it does on wall/banners.

^^^^^^^^^^Save it for the real thing.^^^^^^^^^^

Yeah, I have to agree. However, with all that Reuters and other lib media outlets have done up until this point, you can't blame people for overscrutinizing.


40 posted on 08/28/2006 6:21:59 AM PDT by Halfmanhalfamazing (Linux, the #2 OS. Mac, the #3 OS. That's why Picasa is on Linux and not Mac.)
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To: Kieri

I'm not sure, but it looks like the photo was taken in the early evening maybe 30 minutes to an hour before sunset. You will notice that no direct sunlight is on the tank, but there obviously is behind it. Take a look some day when you are out driving around and you will see that the lighting can do weird things as sunset approaches.

Don't get me wrong, it doesn't surprise me at all to find out that Reuters, AP, etc. are doctoring photos. I'm just not sure about this one.


41 posted on 08/28/2006 6:24:24 AM PDT by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: wagglebee

Changing the contrast is not doctoring a photo. Everybody needs to calm down.

This is on the intellectual level of DU posters noticing that a sitting President has a bulge in his jacket during a debate and concluding that Karl Rove was moving his jaw muscles with electrodes.


42 posted on 08/28/2006 6:30:24 AM PDT by Taliesan
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing
^^^^^^^^^^Save it for the real thing.^^^^^^^^^^

Yeah, I have to agree. However, with all that Reuters and other lib media outlets have done up until this point, you can't blame people for overscrutinizing.

You sir are a true gentleman, open to criticism and thinking rationally. We need more like you.

 

43 posted on 08/28/2006 6:31:46 AM PDT by HawaiianGecko (Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.)
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To: Taliesan

Plus, I'm just not seeing what benefit they would derive from "washing out" the blue helmets and flag in this. The last thing the left wants to make people think is that the "glorious" UN would ever surrender.


44 posted on 08/28/2006 6:41:16 AM PDT by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing
Upon further review, many posters are correct - this pic is not "doctored" or "photoshopped".

It's now obvious that the photographer screwed up his f-stop settings and the original main subject image, the vehicle, was underexposed due to back-lighting. He should have known better if a pro and opened up a couple stops OR used his EV compensation dial. But he didn't so it was done in the lab, washing out the blue. (its still funny hough, French & 'White' Flag)

A first year Photo student knows about the evils of back-lighting and light meter readings

[I have a Nikon camera, I love to take photographs, don't take my Kodachrome away]

45 posted on 08/28/2006 7:10:03 AM PDT by Condor51 (Better to fight for something than live for nothing - Gen. George S. Patton)
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To: Kieri
As to the words hanging in the sky, I'd assumed they were letters on posts. You don't see them often in the US anymore but they're still around.

Something like this? I found others with even fewer supports, but they were too big to post. Between blurring in the distance and jpeg compression I could see how the supports would disappear.

46 posted on 08/28/2006 7:10:37 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (UN Security Council resolution 1701: I believe it is ceasefire for our time.)
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To: AFreeBird

The brightness was changed in order for the image of the chief hezzie to be visible. Since the flag was backlit, the sunlight was coming toward the camera. I'd wager the poster's features would be dark and indistinguishable and obviously Al Reuters couldn't let that stand, hence the change.


47 posted on 08/28/2006 7:21:12 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Tom Gallagher - the anti-Crist [FL Governor, 2006 primary])
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To: Condor51
It's now obvious that the photographer screwed up his f-stop settings and the original main subject image, the vehicle, was underexposed due to back-lighting.

Or he may have had it properly exposed on a digital camera. Digital cameras' maximum value is much more defined than film. If the light blue (RGB = 133, 151, 193) got twice as much light as it should it would be RGB = 266, 302, 386. However, the pixels are limited to 255 so you get RGB = 255, 255, 255 or pure white. Film doesn't have such a sharp maximum, so it will still bluish.

Generally on digital cameras I underexpose the picture slightly because I can later brighten the picture to get it to look good. If it is overexposed then colors can be lost which cannot then be recovered by darkening the picture.

48 posted on 08/28/2006 7:26:27 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (UN Security Council resolution 1701: I believe it is ceasefire for our time.)
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To: HawaiianGecko

That's the half amazing part. *laughs*

I appreciate that.


49 posted on 08/28/2006 7:52:17 AM PDT by Halfmanhalfamazing (Linux, the #2 OS. Mac, the #3 OS. That's why Picasa is on Linux and not Mac.)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

Non-event.

When a camera's aperture / shutter speed is set to capture detail in a relatively dark area, the brighter areas are overexposed and washed out of color, or even completely burned out to pure white. The exact opposite of when you take a picture on a bright day & the person (because he's in the shade) is nothing but a dark shadow. The photographer as focusing on dark areas (the poster of Nasrallah, the heavy equipment), while bright sunlight was shining on the helmets & flags.

In this case, it looks like photoshop could have been used to darken the helments & flag to make them look blue (the UN logo would have been clearly visible), but they didn't.


50 posted on 08/28/2006 8:31:01 AM PDT by sanchmo (If we wish to learn what was going on in Europe in 1938, just look around - V.D. Hanson)
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