1. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    Roy Moore Yearbook Chromatic Two Color Metabunk.

    The Gateway Pundit notes that in this image from CNN some of the writing is in a different color.


    However in this image from the Telegraph the ink is all the same color, even when you zoom in and increase the saturation.




    The two color image comes from an official CNN tweet:

    Source: https://twitter.com/CNN/status/930205088299257859

    Here's the raw image from that Tweet

    Notice the text on either side is blurred, indicating a shallow depth of field (i.e. only the middle is in focus). The color change is also not as abrupt as suggested, bleeding into the R of "Roy", the first 1977 and o of "olde".


    In fact such color changes are an artifact of depth of field.

    I've duplicated the CNN color change effect with a photo of black ink on white paper, shot with 50mm f/1.4 to get a similar depth of field as in the CNN. I've attached the RAW image for this photo, so you can check it for yourself.
    Zooming in, there's a very distinct blue/black change in color across the image as the ink lines are in or out of focus.

    Scanned to demonstrate the actual ink color (black) and consistence, with a video game cover stuck in there for color calibration (it's part of the same scan)

    Head on, with the exact same lighting and exposure settings, the ink is all black (as it is in straight-on photos of the yearbook):

    For more discussion on the signature, including handwriting analysis, see:

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  2. Lance Moody

    Lance Moody New Member

    Nice job, as usual, Mick!
  3. Rory

    Rory Senior Member

    The whole CNN shot has a blue tint. Wonder why? And if this plays a part?
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  4. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    Probably the white balance.
  5. deirdre

    deirdre Moderator Staff Member

    There were very dark blue pens, at least back then. I only remember because I had a quirk about that in high school(hated blue pens and didn't like black either). Not sure if that is still the case as I got over my quirk a long time ago.
  6. Rory

    Rory Senior Member

    I mean the whole picture. The white background. The building. It all has a blue tint compared to the one next to it.

    blue tint.JPG
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  7. Z.W. Wolf

    Z.W. Wolf Senior Member

    I don't know much about digital cameras, but I think the answer might involve something explained here...


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  8. Rory

    Rory Senior Member

    Something I've noticed: the difference in colour between the letters either side of the line isn't so much in the ink itself, but rather in the pixels that surround the ink. Zoom in on the letters and the colour of the ink looks the same - but around those which appear somewhat blue, there are many very light blue coloured pixels, which affect the way the colour appears overall.

    blue pixels.

    Again: it's not so much the colour of the ink that has changed, it's the colour of the paper around the ink. We do see that the paper overall appears more blue - as it does in Mick's test - though why the effect on the letters is so localised is someone else's guess.
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  9. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    For the purposes of invalidating the "two color ink" claim it's sufficient to show that the effect happens. But it's interesting to consider why it happens.

    What we are seeing is chromatic aberration. Light is made up of many different wavelengths. When a lens is used to focus light on the camera of a sensor it has to bend it. It's difficult do design a lense where all wavelengths of light are bent the exact same amount. So sometimes once color of light is bent more than another, and so it ends up shifted over a bit. This creates very small colored fringes around the edges of objects.

    Specifically here it's Longitudinal Chromatic Aberration, as explained by Photography Life:
    You can see here that focus is a factor. The actual colors that show up are going to vary by the configuration of the lens.

    Here's a 100mm f/2.8
    Boosted the saturation a bit:
    And blurred:

    Notice a fairly distinct blue region.
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  10. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    The actual colors seem also to be a function of the line thickness, which means the exact effect is quite difficult to duplicate. I did the above with lines of constant width:

    Boosting color

    Blurring and enhancing color regions:
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  11. Tom Binney

    Tom Binney New Member

    Anecdotal here, but back in my commercial print days this was a known issue when we would have customers approving color proofs or comparing color proofs to a job on press, on larger pieces we would regularly have to remind (or inform) people to look at the same areas at the same angle. When a customer thinks you aren't matching the color proof they signed off on or aren't hitting their signature color on a four color press, it can lead to long, costly delays.

    Of course, this was back when good printing was a thing and anybody cared. /soapbox
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  12. JDW

    JDW New Member

    The post explaining chromatic aberration can be seen two different ways. The first way is there is one set of ink, and it explains why it seemingly shifts from black to blue. The second way is that there are two sets of inks, and it explains why one of them looks looks despite both looking very similair in color when viewed straight on. I believe the later is the better explaination given all available evidence.

    During the recreations (refering to the photos in the above post) the part of the line that's out of focus because it's too close to the lens is light purple, then transitions to black the further away from the lens the lines go. The CNN photo doesn't do that. Well, it might. To my eyes it looks like the "D.A." and "House" looks closer to black than the "M" in Moore does. Now obviously I don't know enough about this effect, but it would make more sense if it went from light blue to black the further from the lens the writing was. And if it did go from black to blue I would expect the "D.A." and "House" to be a lighter shade of blue than the "M" in Moore. Conclusion: Without any more information it's most likely two sets inks, one of them going from blue to black.

    When I look at the highest resolution photo of a signiture head on to me it looks like two different inks to me. The effect is extremely subtle, and I have to turn the saturation full blast on my monitor to see it well. The way it looks to me the "R" in Roy is more like a shade of deep navy blue, and the "M" and "D.A." look like a shade of charcoal. The difference is so subtle that I doubt anyone would be ever be enough to overcome political biases alone. I'm sure many will call me crazy. pic: https://i.imgur.com/Aaq3zKe.png

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  13. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    I'd call you wrong. If you invert the image and boost the contrast you can see clearly it's the same ink color.

    You have to consider the entire stroke of the letter, not pick two different parts.
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  14. Rory

    Rory Senior Member

    Also, it's not just about the angle that it's viewed at, or being viewed straight on, but that particular photo. Other photos and videos from an angle don't show the same effect.

    cnn video screenshot.

    Source: www.youtube.com/watch?v=trjO9e9YOtA&t=1m58s
  15. Rory

    Rory Senior Member

    Here's a comparison of the writing from the yearbook with some actual blue-black ink:


    And applying Mick's technique of inverting:


    And boosting the saturation to 85%:

  16. Mr. Rasmusen

    Mr. Rasmusen New Member

    This forum is very helpful. The blue-black difference makes the yearbook look like an obvious fake, and I was wondering why nobody was paying attention to it, but this gives an explanation. I still have questions, though.

    1. I don't know much about chromatic aberration, but I thought it produced false violets, as in the re-creation in this post, but in the yearbook we see blue.

    2. Resizing the blue-black yearbook inscription to make it closer up, the blue goes away eventually and it all looks black, with maybe a difference in the pixels on the edge of the letters. Resizing the re-creation in the same way, the violet persists. I wonder if this is due to the re-creation being a bigger file, but it's only 178K. Why the difference?

    I'm trying to write something up on this for an on-line article (though I may just give up), so any comments would be greatly appreciated.
  17. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    There's different types of aberration, and the names sometimes vary. This page divided them into chromatic and achromatic.
    This is going to vary a lot by lens. The more achromatic it is (i.e. correcting for chromatic aberration) the less aberration you will have. but the more likely it will be to be purple or green.

    In my test you see different regions of color corresponding to different line thicknesses and focus. Kind of blue and yellow, but also a tinted bit purple and green.

    And blurred:

    A different lens would likely give different results, because they use different type of glass (with varying achromatic qualities) and in different configurations of elements. You might be able to replicate it if you knew what the lens was for the CNN photo, but it's also dependent on the distance, the zoom level, the angle of the book, and the thickness of the lines.
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  18. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    I don't see that effect, there's still a color difference in an enlarged version of the blue/black CNN image.

  19. Mr. Rasmusen

    Mr. Rasmusen New Member

    Thanks---what a quick reply! Yes, I see something like the image in your number 18 image above--- I call them both the Roy and the Moore black rather than black and blue, but I see that they are not quite the same. Do you know why the blue looks like black when shown close up?
  20. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    Probably an optical illusion. Color perception is based on context. You'd have to point to something specific for me to give a better answer. You can always find the RBG values of the pixels.
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  23. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    The cropped version of the image has also been oversaturated, which makes the effect more apparent than it is in the full sized original.

    Drag the slider here to see the original colors (where the effect is less), and the more saturated colors of the cropped image.
    20171121-152118-vgkr1. 20171121-152244-ch0cd.
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  24. Z.W. Wolf

    Z.W. Wolf Senior Member

    And let's not forget that we're all looking at it on our own electronic display! And with different eyes...
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  25. JDW

    JDW New Member

    I think that's more a function of how the image was embedded and resolution. The image viewed directly on Getty Images site looks really close to the Daily Wire image, which shares the same file name. Capture.PNG
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  26. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    No, they are both embedded the same way on the Daily Wire (WebP images). The zoomed image has more contrast and more saturated colors. Look at the finger.
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  28. Mr. Rasmusen

    Mr. Rasmusen New Member

    Can I try to summarize some of this discussion? First, it seems the original of the blue-and-black photo is here, from Getty Images:

    1. The black-blue CNN photo was taken at a press conference by [ photographer Eduardo Munoz Alvarez]
    an independent press photo company, Getty, which must have sold it to CNN.

    2. Somebody along the way upped the “saturation” of the photo to make all the colors more extreme.

    3. Somebody along the way also cropped the photo, so only Mrs. Nelson’s red-painted fingernail showed, not the rest of her.

    4. Chromatic aberration, depth of field focus stuff may have made the right part of the inscription blue instead of black. (But why isn’t it purple instead of blue? )

    5. It looks like some of the blue “bleeds” into the “1977” and the “R” and that the “O” has some of the features of the black. This is not completely clear, though potentially decisive.

    6. Shallow depth of field would make the middle better focussed than the edges, and the best focus is between Love and Hickory. (But why then is the left edge black and the right edge blue? And why is the left middle black and the right middle blue?) The unpainted fingernail to the right of the inscription in the original photo (cropped out of the CNN photo) is well-focussed too. It is flesh-colored, and so would not show blue. The picture of the building does not show blue. It is not very clear anyway, since the yearbook used an unclear photo.
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  29. Rory

    Rory Senior Member

    I can't tell what the original image is. The one that Mick refers to as "the original" in #22 is this one:

    Source: http://www.gettyimages.com/license/873744160

    Although The Daily Wire has the same image in higher resolution:

    Source: http://www.dailywire.com/sites/default/files/uploads/2017/11/gettyimages-873744160.jpg

    The "grey finger" version is also on The Daily Wire, with the same file name:

    Source: http://www.dailywire.com/sites/defa...lic/uploads/2017/11/gettyimages-873744160.jpg

    I can't currently locate that at Getty, so not really sure which came first.

    Here's an interesting one I hadn't seen before, showing more of the yearbook:

    Source: https://c1.legalinsurrection.com/wp...d-Accuser-Beverly-Nelson-teenage-yearbook.jpg

    Unfortunately it's only available in medium resolution - though there is this one from Getty, taken by Spencer Platt at what looks to be the same time, from a slightly different angle:

    inscription high res.
    Source: https://heavyeditorial.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/gettyimages-873745342-e1511049431531.jpg

    That one appears to show a bit of colour variation across the bottom of the inscription, especially at the second "Chris", "Love", and "Olde":

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  30. deirdre

    deirdre Moderator Staff Member

  31. Rory

    Rory Senior Member

    That's the same as the one I posted above. What I mean is, how do we know which came first: the "grey finger" version, or the more colourful one? Mick said "grey finger" was the original; but without being able to find it on Getty I can't confirm.

    Is it because we'd expect the original to be prettified and adjusted?
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  32. deirdre

    deirdre Moderator Staff Member

    I don't understand what you are saying. Mick gave the link to the photographer's original photo. Eduardo Munez Alvare took the photo and uploaded it to Getty for licensing.

    when I click on Mick's link.. my finger does look different on my computer than it apparently looks on Micks.

    That shows what I was saying about trying to determine color from a computer screen.
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  33. Rory

    Rory Senior Member

    In Post #29, the first three pictures are 'the same photo', but the third one is coloured slightly differently - most noticeably in the tone of the skin and the colour of the fingernail. Mick demonstrated this is in Post #23 and in Post #26 with direct comparisons.
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  34. deirdre

    deirdre Moderator Staff Member

    yea Mick's computer is more blue than mine. he's on a Mac. (if we can find out the name of her polish, we'd know which computers are 'right' :) .. Mick's polish is better. )
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  35. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    For discussion of Beverly Young's ABC interview, where she says the signature is Moore's, but she added the notes underneath, use the main thread. This thread is for discussing the ink color.

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