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Amazing Found Photos of Life During Wartime

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Ransom Riggs turned his found photo collection into a book called Talking Pictures.

I have all kinds of snapshots with writing on them, but some of my favorites deal with life during wartime. They're not as easy to find as shots of babies and vacations—especially photos from World War II, when film was harder to come by for a time—but they're often powerful and worth searching out. 

Just to be clear, for the most part these are the fronts and backs of photos. (The good stuff's usually on the back!)

That greatest of equalizers: the buzzcut.

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This one's a little tough to read, but the first few lines give you an idea. They got married right before he joined up. She really must've missed him.

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A lot of wartime photos with writing were included with letters home.

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There's a lot of long-distance taunting of the enemy that goes on in them. I wonder if this is Parris Island. Or if WWII soldiers in training learned how to subdue Hitler in case they happened upon him.

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WWII soldiers tended to write home about happy things -- or put a jokey face on the trials they went through, like this fellow who, randomly, served on an island in Vanuatu where I spent some time.

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But they're not all jokes. Things get real pretty fast -- especially in Polaroids from soldiers in Vietnam.

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As soldiers get closer to the end of their rotations, they tend to talk more about returning, as if they had only just begun to allow themselves to fantasize about it.

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It's not exactly a sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square, but this man seems pretty happy about the end of the war.

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Each year, a special moon comes calling around the autumnal equinox: the Harvest Moon. The Harvest Moon—the full moon that falls nearest to the equinox—rises near sunset for several days in a row, making early evenings extra-bright for a few days when farmers traditionally reveled in the extra-long twilight while harvesting their crops at the end of the summer season. And because the moon looks larger and more orange when it's near the horizon, it's particularly spectacular as it rises.

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October 5 marked 2017’s Harvest Moon, and you may have noticed an extra spectacular sky if you were looking up last night. It's rare for the Harvest Moon to come so late in the year: The last time it came in October was in 2009. (Last year's fell on September 16, 2016.) Here are a few luminous lunar pictures from the event, some of which make the moon look totally unreal:

And if you missed seeing the event yourself, don't worry too much: the moon will still look full for several days.

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With Help From Photoshop and AI, No One Will Know You Blinked in That Photo
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After 15 minutes of posing for group photo after group photo, it looks like you’ve finally snapped the perfect one. Grandma is smiling, your nephew is sitting still, and even the dog is looking at the camera for once. Then, you find yourself in the corner: The shutter managed to capture the exact moment you blinked. Time to resume the positions.

With a new tool from Adobe, this scenario could become less common. Instead of retaking a picture every time someone closes their eyes, this feature would let you salvage the “ruined” photograph with a few clicks in Photoshop, Gizmodo reports.

The latest update of Photoshop Elements allows users to select the “Open Closed Eyes” option, choose which face in the photo they want to correct, and provide several additional photos of the subject with their eyes open. The software uses artificial intelligence to analyze each picture and determine which pair of peepers best matches the colors and lighting from the primary photograph. It then automatically pastes those eyes over the lids and blends them to make the addition look seamless.

Photoshop Elements (a simplified version of Adobe’s original image editor) offers many features that use AI algorithms to improve picture quality. Elements can automatically generate backgrounds when you move objects in a photo, suggest the best effects, and turn frowns into smiles. It even remembers the look you prefer and suggests personalized tone corrections. All of those capabilities and the new “Open Closed Eyes” tool are available today to customers who purchase Photoshop Elements 2018 for $100 (or upgrade their existing license for $80).

[h/t Gizmodo]

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