posted on Jul, 18 2012 @ 08:39 PM
The photo is very degraded to start with. The color shifting you are seeing comes from the instability of the color dyes used in the C-22 and C-41
photo processes and for this reason films made before the 1980s are not considered archival quality if they use that process.
Because of this, it is actually incredibly hard to properly superimpose another person onto the image, "airbrushing" to most people, even using
Photoshop. Looking at the photo as a professional journalist and having a degree in photography, I can say that it would however be very easy to
darken the hand of Ann Dunham using modern tools. It is the kind of thing that can be done in just a few minutes really, while stitching her into the
photo over someone else who was there would take hours and probably leave a greater inconsistency in the image.
General tells of a person being added to the shot include having a different lighting angle, this one does not. A use of gaussian blur around their
outline, again this one does not. The film grain and focus are constant across the photo, showing that it was taken with the same film speed, shutter
speed and aperture. Finally, the fact that the degradation of the photo is exactly the same across both Dunham and the rest of the photograph suggest
that she was not added later without difficulty.
On top of this, the source of the story here is highly suspect. WND (formerly World Net Daily) has been the champion of the Birther movement, and
helped provide funding for it. Jerome Corsi, the author of the article himself is a hack, and completely without the respect of his fellow
journalists. He's been doing hit-jobs on Obama since 2004, published two books which have largely been discredited and is at best bias, if not a
fabricator, liar and a propagator of Yellow Journalism.