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August 05, 2006

Big Update: The Original of that Doctored Photo?

Check it out. The photo of Beirut, without the huge plumes smoke, taken on July 26.

Look familiar? Probably not completely familiar, as parts have been cropped out and shading/light adjusted.

But go to LGF (at the last update) to see the shots superimposed on each other. It sure looks similar to the doctored-smoke picture.

I've been cautioned against posting this, as it doesn't quite look right to some eyes.

I would say: Look at the blurry, barely-visible rooftops on the horizon, right as the city meets the sky. They seem to be an exact match.

They're higher than on the other photo, but then, it appears that buidlings in between the foreground buildings and the skyline have been cloned as well.

It's possible this photo was not simply duped with added smoke, but it appears to me to be the same shot, from the same angle, of the exact same section of the city-- with some photoshopping of the buildings on the ground to disguise the fact it's a duped shot.

It's possible that they are in fact two different pictures. They may have just been taken from the same hotel room.

That's possible.

But with all the obvious p-shopping going on, this looks pretty suspicious.

Where Did The Smoke Come From? Now, that thing I was saying about looking through pics for similar smoke plumes in similar pictures?

I didn't find any, but maybe the hunt should go on. These smoke plumes might have come from some other photo.

Find that photo, and someone's getting fired.

And then there's going to have to be a serious internal investigation by Reuters.

And then the MSM is going to have re-examine its foreign stringer "journalist" corps.

Allah Doesn't Buy It: He thinks, as I suggested, that all the photographers just hang out on the same balcony of the same high rise hotel, thus yielding similar shots from similar angles.

Plus, he notes LGF's "original photo" is by AP. For someone at Reuters to have easy access p-shopping, he'd need the original, right?

Undetermined, as of now. It seems more likely that this is just a similar photo from the same vantage point.

The other photo was p-shopped, obviously. But not necessarily p-shopped off this AP photo.

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