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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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.
Article talks a bit about why it is not a Photoshop job.
Where do they get the rabbits then that they bring back to their nests?
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.
I see them sitting in the fields and on gravel bars often.
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.
The cemetery is less than a mile from the Minnesota River Valley which is ideal habitat for Eagles.
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.
I like it, too, but it seems out of proportion.
I like it, too, but it seems out of proportion.
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.
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.
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 -email@example.com.
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.
Go to the link I posted above (post#36) and see the earlier June story which tells of the man who took the photo.
While interesting. It’s fake. The shadow doesn’t show the eagle, just the marker.
My computer has a new desktop. Thanks!
I didn’t say duplicate, but added it in case anyone wanted to see more info on this.
“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
Thank you. I missed that other one. So did a lot of others from the postings here. Worth repeating I think.
The author seems a bit befuddled by the fact that it struck a cord. A normal person would see it instantly.
What an awesome and patriotic photo!!!
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.
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