Skip to comments.Photo of eagle on Fort Snelling gravestone touches hearts, goes viral
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.
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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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.
He has about 60 shots from different angles.
I agree, because that is a most unlikely perch for a Bald Eagle.
Of course there are artifacts, it’s a digital representation of a film image.
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.
There are highlights on the highly polished head stones but an eagle’s feathers are not reflective in the same way.
“...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!
e-mail him and ask him -firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you have informaton on this picture?
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!
“To save your world, you asked these men to die,
If they could see you now, would they ask, ‘Why?’”
Shock and awe that the Red Star & Sickle would print such a picture that might stir patriotic feelings...
Agree. Much more emotionally impactful, well composed with great lighting and selective shallow depth of field. A great image.
“Neat picture, but I dont think its real.”
Just thinking the same. Ancient Rome would’ve said it was portentous, (if it was real).
Different story, different headline.
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