Note: All of these scans were done in color. The large one above was made by Scott Harrison of the photo department using a scanner that can accommodate oversize prints in one take. I’m using it because my scanner is smaller and forces me to scan oversize prints in pieces and then paste them together electronically. Nothing has been done to these scans other than cropping.
Also note that this is an old, wrinkled print that has been folded in half for storage. It is virtually impossible to scan it without getting reflections from the photo paper’s shiny, uneven surface.
Let’s see how the alterations were done:
First, we have the darkened skyline: Black paint.
Then we have the “searchlight beams poking long crisscross fingers across the night sky....” I magnified the scan to show where the paint has been rubbed off the print. I want to emphasize that the print is wrinkled and the horizontal streaks in the lower part of the photo are reflections from my scanner.
“Like lethal firecrackers, the anti-aircraft blasted above…” These are blobs of paint. The vertical break in the emulsion is where the print was folded for storage. The horizontal line is a crop mark.
Yes, the object in the center – which some have speculated is a flying saucer – is nothing but paint.