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Photo of eagle on Fort Snelling gravestone touches hearts, goes viral
Star Tribune ^ | August 10, 2011 | JON TEVLIN

Posted on 08/12/2011 11:12:03 AM PDT by DManA

Talk to anyone in my business and they'll all say the same thing: No matter how long you write stories and put them in the newspaper, you are never really sure which ones are going to strike a nerve.

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Requests for the photo, and use of the story, have come from the Department of Veterans Affairs, military publications, Arlington National Cemetery. Soldiers in Afghanistan have inquired about the photo, including some from the Screaming Eagles of the 101st Airborne Division, stationed at Bagram Airfield.

"I sent a good-sized one to a base in Afghanistan because they wanted to build a memorial to members of their unit who had been killed," Glick said.

This letter, from Atlanta, was typical:

"You have no idea just how much this photo and story mean to so many of us who have served. We do not ask for special treatment; we do not ask for your gratitude; we don't even ask for your patience when we occasionally 'geeze' with old stories. We would like to have some understanding just how much service to this great nation means to each of us. Your picture and story show me that some do understand."

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TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Military/Veterans; Society
KEYWORDS: eagle; fortsnelling
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1 posted on 08/12/2011 11:12:06 AM PDT by DManA
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To: DManA

WOW


2 posted on 08/12/2011 11:13:43 AM PDT by Quick Shot
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To: DManA

BTTT

3 posted on 08/12/2011 11:14:17 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: DManA

Where I live, we have lots, and lots of Bald Eagles. They never go ground level, I’ve only seen an eagle on the ground one time, and that was when it was released from a cage at a native ceremony. Neat picture, but I don’t think it’s real.


4 posted on 08/12/2011 11:16:28 AM PDT by Professional
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To: DManA

Speechless;)


5 posted on 08/12/2011 11:16:35 AM PDT by sodpoodle (Despair; man's surrender. Laughter; God's redemption.)
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To: DManA

Very nice.


6 posted on 08/12/2011 11:18:07 AM PDT by listenhillary (Look your representatives in the eye and ask if they intend to pay off the debt. They will look away)
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To: Professional

Article talks a bit about why it is not a Photoshop job.


7 posted on 08/12/2011 11:18:23 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Professional
They never go ground level

Where do they get the rabbits then that they bring back to their nests?

ML/NJ

8 posted on 08/12/2011 11:20:08 AM PDT by ml/nj
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To: DManA

My area has 4 eagles nests (bald eagles) and I see them on the ground. Just yesterday I saw a brown eagle j.ust hanging out at the side of a busy intersection.


9 posted on 08/12/2011 11:21:39 AM PDT by Celerity
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To: Professional
Really? Then I guess you don't want to hear the story of myself feeding McDonald's french fries to one standing in a dumpster up in Alaska....
10 posted on 08/12/2011 11:22:20 AM PDT by rightwingextremist1776
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To: Professional

I see them sitting in the fields and on gravel bars often.


11 posted on 08/12/2011 11:22:40 AM PDT by listenhillary (Look your representatives in the eye and ask if they intend to pay off the debt. They will look away)
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To: Professional

On a trip to Alaska I had seen Eagles on the ground. I do not know if it is natural or not, but it is certainly not impossible.


12 posted on 08/12/2011 11:23:16 AM PDT by CIB-173RDABN (California does not have a money problem, it has a spending problem.)
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To: DManA

Amazing photograph


13 posted on 08/12/2011 11:23:27 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (I love how the FR spellchecker doesn't recognize the word "Obama")
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To: Celerity

The cemetery is less than a mile from the Minnesota River Valley which is ideal habitat for Eagles.


14 posted on 08/12/2011 11:24:46 AM PDT by DManA
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To: DManA
WOW!
15 posted on 08/12/2011 11:25:38 AM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: DManA

Sorry, I do Photoshop and I can see a lot of jpg artifacts around the edges of the eagle (and no where else) and its my opinion that this is fake...but I like it.


16 posted on 08/12/2011 11:26:11 AM PDT by two23 (Liberals Have Created a Culture of Lies)
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To: two23

I like it, too, but it seems out of proportion.


17 posted on 08/12/2011 11:27:50 AM PDT by EnquiringMind
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To: two23

I like it, too, but it seems out of proportion.


18 posted on 08/12/2011 11:28:01 AM PDT by EnquiringMind
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To: DManA

I don’t know why but it looks photo-shopped to me, even CGI like. Could he have drawn the scene in 3D modeling software? He could then be able to provide several shots/angles by manipulating the “camera”. So it wasn’t Photoshopped but instead a completely computer generated scene.

Suppose not, and it’s a cool picture. It just looks “funny” and not just the eagle.


19 posted on 08/12/2011 11:29:26 AM PDT by xenob
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To: Professional

They catch fish at lakes around my house and eat them on the beach, then sit on the beach chairs and groom themselves. They generally own their territory and tolerate us as onlookers.


20 posted on 08/12/2011 11:30:11 AM PDT by poobear (FACTS - the turd in the punch bowl of liberal thought!)
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To: Professional
Near Gardnerville Nevada there is a place along highway 395 where eagles can often be seen on the ground. All types, including Bald. It is a Spring calving area for cattle and the eagles feed on the placentas.
21 posted on 08/12/2011 11:31:21 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$
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To: two23

Just looking at the picture, the eagle should have sunlight highlights on it’s left side.

It’s about the right size though....enormous birds.


22 posted on 08/12/2011 11:31:40 AM PDT by Electric Graffiti (Crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentation of their Moonbats)
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To: xenob

He has about 60 shots from different angles.


23 posted on 08/12/2011 11:31:46 AM PDT by listenhillary (Look your representatives in the eye and ask if they intend to pay off the debt. They will look away)
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To: two23
. . . . .and its my opinion that this is fake... .....

I agree, because that is a most unlikely perch for a Bald Eagle.

24 posted on 08/12/2011 11:31:56 AM PDT by skeptoid (The road to serfdom is being paved by RINO's, and Lisa Murkowski is their mascot.)
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To: two23

Of course there are artifacts, it’s a digital representation of a film image.


25 posted on 08/12/2011 11:32:14 AM PDT by DManA
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To: DManA

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26 posted on 08/12/2011 11:33:37 AM PDT by PMAS
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To: EnquiringMind

I took it into photoshop and blew it up and can see unusual pixels only around the edges of the eagle and there are some green pixels on the raptors tail that would indicate possible leaves or branches from where it may have originally been photographed.
Many photographers enhance images or borrow elements from their other photos, which is fine.
Just sayin’


27 posted on 08/12/2011 11:35:32 AM PDT by two23 (Liberals Have Created a Culture of Lies)
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To: DManA
How about a better "real" photo... Way more emotional IMHO...


28 posted on 08/12/2011 11:35:47 AM PDT by xenob
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To: Electric Graffiti

There are highlights on the highly polished head stones but an eagle’s feathers are not reflective in the same way.


29 posted on 08/12/2011 11:38:01 AM PDT by DManA
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To: ml/nj

“...They never go ground level”

“Where do they get the rabbits then that they bring back to their nests?”

Your logic had me ROTFL. I’m still laughin’

Need to wipe my eyes!


30 posted on 08/12/2011 11:40:09 AM PDT by airdalechief
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To: two23

e-mail him and ask him -liketophoto@yahoo.com.


31 posted on 08/12/2011 11:40:49 AM PDT by DManA
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To: xenob

Do you have informaton on this picture?


32 posted on 08/12/2011 11:43:32 AM PDT by angcat (RUN SARAH RUN!)
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To: 3D-JOY; airborne; Alamo-Girl; AliVeritas; basil; BufordP; cindy-true-supporter; concretebob; ...

Beautiful ping!


33 posted on 08/12/2011 11:43:59 AM PDT by Albion Wilde (To ACLU & its plaintiffs: Stop dragging the public into your personal struggle w/ God. -Mark Baisley)
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To: DManA

Inconsistent pixelation around those edges only.
I’m not referring to the entire composition or film to digital transformation.
I am a photographer and use Photoshop extensively.

It is possible because much of this capture is rather soft focused that the photograher may have attempted to sharpen the edges of the eagle only for more visual impact and that would result in some pixels looking different from the surrounding ones.
I also scan film photo prints and re-process them in Photoshop and you typically will not find one single element of a composition being more edge pixilated than the other elements, without it having been treated.
Sorry, but its just my opinion. And you know what they say about those!
:)


34 posted on 08/12/2011 11:44:05 AM PDT by two23 (Liberals Have Created a Culture of Lies)
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To: xenob

“To save your world, you asked these men to die,
If they could see you now, would they ask, ‘Why?’”


35 posted on 08/12/2011 11:44:21 AM PDT by tanstaafl44 (Muslims cannot let Western Civilization kill itself in peace.)
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To: DManA

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2741278/posts


36 posted on 08/12/2011 11:44:40 AM PDT by I Drive Too Fast
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To: DManA

Shock and awe that the Red Star & Sickle would print such a picture that might stir patriotic feelings...


37 posted on 08/12/2011 11:45:19 AM PDT by Keith in Iowa (Hope & Change - I'm out of hope, and change is all I have left every week | FR Class of 1998 |)
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To: xenob

Agree. Much more emotionally impactful, well composed with great lighting and selective shallow depth of field. A great image.


38 posted on 08/12/2011 11:45:38 AM PDT by TADSLOS (Free Republic- Still AAA++ rated)
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To: Professional

“Neat picture, but I don’t think it’s real.”

Just thinking the same. Ancient Rome would’ve said it was portentous, (if it was real).


39 posted on 08/12/2011 11:45:54 AM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: I Drive Too Fast

Different story, different headline.


40 posted on 08/12/2011 11:46:44 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Beowulf9

Go to the link I posted above (post#36) and see the earlier June story which tells of the man who took the photo.


41 posted on 08/12/2011 11:47:33 AM PDT by I Drive Too Fast
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To: listenhillary
He has about 60 shots from different angles.

That's why I threw out CGI image... If he actually designed the scene in a 3D modeling software he could have hundred pictures, he could have a fly-through. CGI (computer generated graphics) are getting harder to distinguish from reality. There never was a photo, it was all staged in a 3D modeler. The haze was added to cover further disguise the image. As a hobbyist in computer graphics it's an interesting theory anyway... That's my conspiracy theorist opinion anyway, doing my best Jesse Ventura voice.
42 posted on 08/12/2011 11:48:11 AM PDT by xenob
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To: thackney

While interesting. It’s fake. The shadow doesn’t show the eagle, just the marker.


43 posted on 08/12/2011 11:48:50 AM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Rose, there's a Messerschmitt in the kitchen. Clean it up, will ya?)
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To: thackney

My computer has a new desktop. Thanks!


44 posted on 08/12/2011 11:48:57 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: DManA

I didn’t say duplicate, but added it in case anyone wanted to see more info on this.


45 posted on 08/12/2011 11:48:57 AM PDT by I Drive Too Fast
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To: Keith in Iowa

“Shock and awe that the Red Star & Sickle would print such a picture that might stir patriotic feelings...”

Agreed - especially after their photogs looked at it and the others that the guy took of the eagle and obviously could tell it was a photoshop job yet deny it. /s


46 posted on 08/12/2011 11:50:22 AM PDT by 21twelve (Obama Recreating the New Deal: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts)
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To: I Drive Too Fast

Thank you. I missed that other one. So did a lot of others from the postings here. Worth repeating I think.


47 posted on 08/12/2011 11:52:29 AM PDT by DManA
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To: 21twelve

The author seems a bit befuddled by the fact that it struck a cord. A normal person would see it instantly.


48 posted on 08/12/2011 11:54:40 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Albion Wilde

What an awesome and patriotic photo!!!


49 posted on 08/12/2011 11:56:45 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: listenhillary
He has about 60 shots from different angles.

Do you have a link where we could view them? The only thing that sticks out to me is the eagle doesn't appear to cast a shadow.

50 posted on 08/12/2011 11:57:22 AM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Rose, there's a Messerschmitt in the kitchen. Clean it up, will ya?)
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