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It is a shard of pottery used for practice. I had it wrong all along. When I notice the tiny black line denoting the bottom of her chin and understood it as such I became excited because the artist arrived at a solution so similar to one I painted myself. I saw my own earlier picture where before I had seen something more like Matisse, more unusual, but no, it conformed to canon and the little black line is the tell. 

mid tones


Of course the Oregon shooter is Photoshopped, or the like. It is an essential step of photography, post processing. Whereas regular people upload directly from their cameras photographs that are already compressed by the camera in order to be reasonably manageable to Instagram and to Facebook and similar sites, photographers on the other hand run all of their photographs through post processing on their home computers to get the most out of them by their own artistic eye and not by successful algorithms, before uploading or printing or both. Just as with film photography requires a developing lab that employs their personal photo developing art. Unless it is automatic. In Photoshop when using RAW format files with all the available information that can expand the full dynamic range, uncompressed files, there are two levels of post processing available, not just one level as with JPG and other compressed file formats. Yes, of course photographs are post processed to arrive at the proper tonality and this is especially important with races of people to get the skin tones just right, for blacks, to get the detail within skin tones so they don't process to blobs, and with whites for the same reason so they do wash out to ghost. With both in a photo, or with questionable correctible light, then mid tones reign supreme to balance the needs of both extremes, or, for printing, so the photograph is the most clear.

This is especially important for politicized race-obsessed American media. This man is British with mixed race parents, however, it's vitally important the media depict the man as "white supremacist" even while they contrive new races to maintain their racial insistence, "White-Hispanic" brand spanking shining neologism (itself dependent upon a contrived and objectionable ethnonym) applied to Zimmerman. It was important the tales be told and repeated just so.

At this point it can be safely assumed American media is lying to you, and for the best of  reasoning they can muster. Here, the Daily Mail did not do what all American media did do.

  

Alexis de Tocqueville



The original Alexis de Tocqueville is memory holed at a paid site.