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Revealed: Hi-Resolution Image of Obama's Ring
Appears To Show No Islamic Phrase
As reported here it was alleged that Obama's ring bears the Islamic phrase, "There is no God but Allah," however if you look at the hi-res image of the ring it tells a very different story.
I had an exchange with a prominent computer software and graphics expert,
"The images to show Arabic letters are all Photoshopped enhanced... in an effort to affect the lighting to present something that makes the argument plausible. Look at the deep shadows in the images so you can't see detail and the lighted areas look more like an Arabic letter rather than a squiggly design.
I notice the photoshopped images of the ring to deepen the shadows so they can lead you to believe the case they are making (altering images to fit their agenda and argument). I'm offended by that sort of manipulation no matter which side does it.
This is a major hoax in my opinion."
View the Photoshopped enhanced images here: http://www.obamasrealfather.com/downloads/Obama_Ring_Analysis.pdf
View the hi-res image of Obama's ring published in 2009 by Getty Images via Urban Legends here: http://0.tqn.com/d/urbanlegends/1/0/k/A/1/88229438.jpg
UPDATE 1: WND published an article addressing the questions raised above.
First the pertinent quote from the WND article followed by Mara Zebest's response in italics:
"Joel Gilbert, who was first to conclude that the ring bears the Islamic declaration of faith, the Shahada, explained that the only adjustment he made to images from a 2010 Huffington Post feature was to reduce the contrast about 50 percent. His aim was to enable the detail in the ring to be seen without being overwhelmed by the background light."
"Reducing the contrast about 50 percent is Photoshopping. It's enhancing -- or in this case -- de-enhancing the details. The last sentence makes it sound like Gilbert is doing us a favor by reducing the background light in the image. Who wants light to see the details -- right? For example, whenever I want to read a book... I always turn off the light so I'm not bothered by that pesky background light that fills the room... don't you? In other words, to prevent overwhelming us with the background light -- Gilbert is reducing the detail in the image.
I duplicated the so called reduction of contrast and it was way more than 50% to give the results seen in Gilbert's images. See the provided before and after. The first image shows Gilbert's images at the bottom. The normal (Before) original LOW RESOLUTION image (more on that later) at the top right and the enhancement Levels dialog box at the top left. The Levels dialog box shows before enhancements in the first image. You can see the black point is set at zero. Midtone is in the middle at 1.00 and the white point at the other end of the scale at 255.
In the second (After) enhanced image. I moved the black point all the way to the other end (which also shifts the midtone)... to achieve a similar result seen in Gilbert's images. Notice that when this is performed... details are LOST. This is photoshopping whether people admit it or not. Period. The fact that low resolution images are used reduces the image detail and quality in itself. Add to this -- the fact that more detail is lost through the enhancement and the results are an image to fit an agenda. As I said before, this sort of manipulation is not acceptable regardless of what side does it. Whether it's from a liberal or a conservative site. Stick to the truth folks cause the truth will always out."
I also had Mara Zebest address the concern that the Getty Image may have been altered and her response was:
"The image info 01 has the Raw Data tab information that verifies the information shown in the Description tab for image info 03. The image info 02 is the Raw Data tab when I scroll down showing the camera setting information. If this photo had been Photoshopped, the information at the end would have contained the last items done to the image such as whether a Levels enhancement had been applied or whether the image had been cropped, etc. But there's nothing in the image or the Image Info dialog box to indicate that this image was Photoshopped. The image was created/modified on 6/5/2009."
It should also be noted it appears Joel Gilbert has removed his original analysis from his server: http://www.obamasrealfather.com/downloads/Obama_Ring_Analysis.pdf
Mara Zebest is a graphic artist and co-author for a number of Adobe product books including the Inside Photoshop series which typically exceeded 1000 pages, and published in at least ten different languages around the world. Ms. Zebest is also tech editor for numerous books for both Adobe and Microsoft products and has worked closely with the Cold Case Posse (CCP) for Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) in providing evidence on Obama’s forged birth certificate.
UPDATE 2: Here is a comment posted at the WND thread that is spot on and backs up what Mara Zebest reported:
By Joseph Mesa
Ok, this is ridiculous. First off, I am not a liberal/democrat Obama supporter. I usually never comment on stories but this is such an obvious "fraud" image. I am a professional graphic designer and I saw the Obama birth certificate and confirmed for myself that it was an obvious forgery with all the pieces and layers. I'm into facts, not speculation. Now, on this ring image, first off they are using a low resolution image that they enlarged (which makes it even blurrier) and then bumped up the contrast which causes artifacting, thereby distorting the image.
I found a hi-res image online (Getty images) and overlaid the script on the ring (does not match at all) and I also outlined the design and put them side by side. It's so obvious when using a hi-res image that the inscription does not even match the design of the ring. What's that? You want proof? Sure, just go to this link of the illustration I created: http://i.imgur.com/pHwNg.jpg
It's articles like this that make the leftists call us conspiracy theorists. Let's stick to the facts. The bottom line is to get this man out of office and get America back on track before it's too late. http://disqus.com/google-315f8e0e499b458577386e75f0a7cba4
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