The Ghost of Snapped Shot

Or, welcome to my low-maintenance heck.

An unlikely shot?

I'm having a hard time with this particular photograph. For starters, the silhouetted soldiers seem to be too small to be positioned where they are, compared to the background. Also, we're told by our intrepid photographer that we're looking at "a mock graveyard," which might be true, but what we're not told is that this is a picture of Martyr's Square, a center of Hezbullah's propaganda operations oddly reminiscent of Cindy Sheehan's Camp Casey.

Anyone able to explain the lighting and positioning of the riot police in this photograph? I'm not suggesting it's faked in any way—I just find the lighting to be curious.

Caption: Lebanese riot police are silhouetted against the grave markers at a mock cemetery in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Sept. 11, 2006, during a demonstration against the visit of British Prime Minister Tony Blair to Lebanon. Thousands of protesters shouted angry chants and accused British Prime Minister Tony Blair of complicity in last month's Israeli bombardment of Lebanon as he arrived Monday in a country still reeling from 34 days of fighting. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)For reference, here's another shot from Martyr's Square from about a month ago. You can see the positioning of the "mock graveyard" pretty clearly here:

Lebanese girls light a candle in front of concrete slab with the name of a person who has died during the war with Israel in Beirut August 12, 2006. People gathered for a candlelight vigil in Martyr's Square on Saturday to commemorate the victims killed during Israel's offensive. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard (LEBANON)

 Tags: alvaro barrientos eric gaillard AP REUTERS #Israel/Lebanon War 2006


#1 captainfish 11-Sep-2006
why would you need riot police at a mock cemetery?? Is the caption saying that the protesters were protesting at the cemetery?? Why not protest where Blair was speaking??
#2 Sticky Notes 11-Sep-2006
I may have one answer to the shadowed police. If the group is in shadow and hotly backlit, then you get no detail in the foreground.

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