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What’s right with this picture?


U.S. soldiers from the 1-32 Infantry unit fire 81 mm mortars at attacking Taliban forces from their position over the village of Bargematal, Nuristan, August 22, 2009. REUTERS/Oleg Popov

Is it possible to find out what camera settings Oleg Popov used when he took this picture, particularly the shutter speed?


Yes. Here are the particulars, plus another Popov shot as a bonus:

Camera – Mark III

Focal length – 16 mm

Iso 250

Shutter speed 1/800sec

F-stop – f7.1

GBU Editor

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A Winning photo?


What a tragic, heart-rending but brilliant picture by Andrew Winning on the front page of The Guardian yesterday – a brilliant composition that should be nominated for an industry award. Please pass on my congratulations.

Alan N.

Indeed. Thanks for noticing: GBU Editor

Mourners cry as hearses containing the bodies of eight soldiers killed in Afghanistan drive through Wootton Bassett,  in Wiltshire, southern England July 14, 2009. The bodies of eight soldiers killed during the bloodiest 24-hours for British forces since the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 were flown back home on Tuesday. REUTERS/Andrew Winning

Obama and the nurses


Thank you for the lovely pictures of Mrs. Obama visiting the nurses and the orphanage.
Also, thank you for not including a “comments” section with it. I get so tired of human interest stories about the Obamas being marred by comments sections full of haters, racists and conspiracy theorists that there are many news sites I no longer visit. I hope I can continue to visit Reuters without worrying about my blood pressure spiking.


And yet, here you are offering a comment. Anyway, thanks for your kind words about the photos: GBU Editor

Susan Boyle story


I awoke to my Comcast top news stories which included one on Susan Boyle.

How could your journalists drag up the worst possbile photo from ages ago and report that she has pulled out of the tour when she has clearly been announced to be performing today again. We are very disappointed in reporting under the Reuters name that is so clearly tabloid negative hearsay.

“Concerns for her mental health…indeed.”  No one has any insight on what is going on around her, thanks to her team of managers, family and doctors, so please go back to facts you really know are true.

Nailing a fake?


Man shot 34 times in head with nail gun

CANBERRA (Reuters) – Australian police released Friday a shocking x-ray photo showing the skull of a murdered Chinese immigrant shot 34 times in the head and neck with a high-power nail gun.

I believe you have a hoax. If you make this picture from a 2004 article at 50% opacity while making the picture in your article at 50% opacity, then line them up, what do you get?