New Images of NY Oil Spill — Coast Guard obscuring slick? (PHOTOS)

Published: December 15th, 2012 at 7:19 pm ET


Coast Guard photos here

News Updates:

Coast Guard photo after ‘levels’ brought up to normal:

Original Coast Guard photo:

Left: Coast Guard ‘Levels’; Right: Corrected ‘Levels’

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Published: December 15th, 2012 at 7:19 pm ET


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13 comments to New Images of NY Oil Spill — Coast Guard obscuring slick? (PHOTOS)

  • getoutwhileyoustillcan

    It's becoming pretty obvious who owns the coast guard.

    • Bones Bones

      After the Gulf oil spill, the coast "guard" really showed their true colors. I remember reports of them basically whored out to BP. They would keep people from being involved by documenting and reporting on the spill by running them out of the area and threatening them with arrest and probably bodily harm if they didn't obey. They are corporate police for the seas, just like the police are corporate mercenaries paid for by you and me!

      Thank you so much to the administrator and his/her team for showing the world the truth. The manipulation of this photo is just absurd. How much more proof do you need world? Seriously, what is the reason for this manipulation of the public? What exactly do they expect to gain by the lies? I think one thing is for sure. STOP EATING SEAFOOD COMPLETELY!

  • Sickputer

    It's also pretty obvious proofreaders for news web sites are as dumb as a stump (or don't exist):

    "As WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reported, crews on Saturday afternoon were setting up floating bombs near the bird sanctuary on Shooters Island"

    SP: …If the bombs don't work, try some devices named "floating booms". They may sound like bombs, but their design and effect is quite different. 😉

    • aigeezer aigeezer

      Good eye, Sickputer. Some booms are inaudible, even on Shooters Island, which apparently dodged some very loud booms a while back.

      "… the island has been made an official bird sanctuary, partially to discourage the United States Army Corps of Engineers who wanted to blow up the island to ease navigation by vessels coming down from Port Newark."

      The things we learn on Enenews!

  • amberlight amberlight

    For those not familiar with image processing, tweaking the gamma levels of an image is not the same as simply making the picture lighter or darker, which is uniform and linear. A gamma adjustment can be depicted as a curve, with increasing brightness or darkness depending upon which way you need to take the image.

    In the case of the photo of the oil slick, the picture was slightly underexposed, so they ramped up the levels with diminishing effect on the shadows, hence the more visible separation of oil (dark) and water (mid-tone). The lightest parts of the original (parts of boats & other structures) were brightened the most using this method.

    I don't think the Coast Guard intended to hide anything. It's easier to see the sheen around each "puddle" of oil, and that dark streak on the left, whatever that is, stands out more.

  • dosdos dosdos

    This is a photo of the containment booms being dispersed, rather early on in the incident. I can easily see the slick in both pictures. The original picture is set by max and min levels in the image, not by distribution curve of tonalities as was the correction. The altered image leaves many of the highlights washed out. One could argue either case.

    As someone who does a lot of this sort of work, it seems a pretty weak argument to say that they were trying to hide anything. Like I said, I can see the oil slick easily in the original image. This is not TEPCO's no-see-ums. That is cover up, this is just someone's judgment call.

  • aigeezer aigeezer

    Like dosdos, I thought the two pictures at the top of the page did not really suggest an attempt to hide anything. However, I clicked on the Coast Guard page from Admin's link labelled "Coast Guard Photos Here":

    That page bothered me. The main thumbnails of the oil spill are extremely dark, almost opaque, but the PR photo of the Coast Guard "Ceremonies, Awards, Community Relations" is perfectly composed and exposed.

    That got me thinking about Thad Allen, the Coast Guard honcho in charge during the Gulf oil spill, who then "retired" to land on his feet in the center of the gov/corp elite:

    "Allen joined the RAND Corporation as a senior fellow. On November 28, 2011, Booz Allen Hamilton named Thad Allen a Senior Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton. Allen joined the firm’s Justice and Homeland Security business and will lead development of thought leadership and client engagement regarding the direction of law enforcement and Homeland Security."

    Hold your nose:

    Not just any think tank:

    So… Coast Guard obscuring images?… could be. Who knows for sure? Their guy is doing "thought leadership" though!

    • Nuclear-NotCleanNotGreen

      "Thought leadership" reminds me of "Reality Control" from George Orwell's book '1984.'

      • PavewayIII PavewayIII

        Reality? [snirk!] Just spool out the gamma a bit more – the average knuckle-dragger acutally *wants* Photoshopped 'reality'.

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  • Tumrgrwer Tumrgrwer

    I've worked in the printing industry for years, over 20, and the image provided by the US Coast Guard was…let's just say softened/darkend. It was manipulated for sure to play down the spill. Poor job as always. Kinda like the 8 layers our presidents PDF birth cert contains. If you open the original photo with Adobe Photoshop then correct the image simply by pressing the auto exposure button, then you will see just how much this pic was altered.