Not Iggy

A lot hinged on the veracity of the picture — the low-resolution image furnished to Teneycke lacked critical metadata that would have helped determine the time the picture was taken. However, the report that accompanied the picture referred to those metadata. (Pierre Karl Peladeau
President and CEO of Sun Media Corporation
)

Before sending your hoax photos to anybody at Sun Media, you better make sure that you doctor the EXIF metadata because they will check – trust me. You’re a busy lobbyist and you don’t have time to learn all about this nerdy stuff (metadata wazzat???). No problem, this is what you do.

First, get your doctored photo and open it with a metadata editor like ExifTool There are others available but you’re in a rush and there is an election afoot and you have a ton of disinformation that has to get out – today!

Well, as luck would have it, there is no metadata on your pic. Don’t panic! Your Iggy pic backstory is that he was in Kuwait so you need to copy legit metadata from a pic taken in Kuwait. Go ask Google Image search, type “Kuwait army” and restrict your results to large pictures. The reason that we are selecting only “large” images is that we want the original/unedited large size pics taken by some US military photographer – the exact ones downloaded off the camera. They are always huge files. I found one from Military Sealift Command from 2007 which is good enough for our demo. Save it to your current working directory as we are going to copy the EXIF metadata to make it look like our hoax pic was taken in Kuwait.

Using ExifTool, copy all the metadata from the authentic Kuwait photo to your fake Iggy pic (only one command – w00t):

$ exiftool -tagsFromFile metadata_source.jpg not_ignatieff_exif.jpg

Now, if you’re particularly lazy or busy you can stop there since the metadata is now copied. If you have more time on your hands you can actually edit the individual entries and geocode the photo. Check out what we did:

$ exiftool -list not_ignatieff_exif.jpg
ExifTool Version Number         : 8.56
File Name                       : not_ignatieff_exif.jpg
Directory                       : .
File Size                       : 78 kB
File Modification Date/Time     : 2011:04:27 13:18:53-07:00
File Permissions                : rw-r--r--
File Type                       : JPEG
MIME Type                       : image/jpeg
JFIF Version                    : 1.02
Exif Byte Order                 : Little-endian (Intel, II)
Make                            : NIKON CORPORATION
Camera Model Name               : NIKON D2X
Orientation                     : Horizontal (normal)
X Resolution                    : 300
Y Resolution                    : 300
Resolution Unit                 : inches
Software                        : Adobe Photoshop CS2 Windows
Modify Date                     : 2007:09:24 12:06:07
Y Cb Cr Positioning             : Centered
Exposure Time                   : 1/180
F Number                        : 13.0
Exposure Program                : Aperture-priority AE
ISO                             : 100
Exif Version                    : 0221
Date/Time Original              : 2007:08:29 10:47:40
Create Date                     : 2007:08:29 10:47:40
Components Configuration        : Y, Cb, Cr, -
Exposure Compensation           : -2/3
Max Aperture Value              : 4.0
Metering Mode                   : Multi-segment
Light Source                    : Unknown
Flash                           : No Flash
Focal Length                    : 20.0 mm
User Comment                    : 
Sub Sec Time                    : 00
Sub Sec Time Original           : 00
Sub Sec Time Digitized          : 00
Flashpix Version                : 0100
Color Space                     : sRGB
Exif Image Width                : 2100
Exif Image Height               : 1395
Sensing Method                  : One-chip color area
File Source                     : Digital Camera
Scene Type                      : Directly photographed
CFA Pattern                     : [Red,Green][Green,Blue]
Custom Rendered                 : Normal
Exposure Mode                   : Auto
White Balance                   : Auto
Digital Zoom Ratio              : 1
Focal Length In 35mm Format     : 30 mm
Scene Capture Type              : Standard
Gain Control                    : None
Contrast                        : Normal
Saturation                      : Normal
Sharpness                       : Normal
Subject Distance Range          : Unknown
GPS Version ID                  : 2.2.0.0
Compression                     : JPEG (old-style)
Thumbnail Offset                : 934
Thumbnail Length                : 5386
Current IPTC Digest             : 460cf28926b856dab09c01a1b0a79077
Application Record Version      : 2
Copyright Flag                  : False
Global Angle                    : 30
Global Altitude                 : 30
XMP Toolkit                     : Image::ExifTool 8.56
Format                          : image/jpeg
Compressed Bits Per Pixel       : 2
Date/Time Digitized             : 2007:08:29 10:47:40-04:00
Flash Fired                     : False
Flash Function                  : False
Flash Mode                      : Unknown
Flash Red Eye Mode              : False
Flash Return                    : No return detection
Color Mode                      : RGB
ICC Profile Name                : sRGB IEC61966-2.1
Creator Tool                    : Adobe Photoshop CS2 Windows
Metadata Date                   : 2007:09:24 12:06:07-04:00
Derived From Document ID        : adobe:docid:photoshop:0f10c753-6154-11dc-9f27-a9bb9c4b68e4
Derived From Instance ID        : adobe:docid:photoshop:0f10c753-6154-11dc-9f27-a9bb9c4b68e4
Document ID                     : uuid:FF3F520BB86ADC11827AB2BAB20EBAFA
Instance ID                     : uuid:319A5A0FB86ADC11827AB2BAB20EBAFA
History                         : 
Quality                         : 60%
DCT Encode Version              : 100
APP14 Flags 0                   : [14], Encoded with Blend=1 downsampling
APP14 Flags 1                   : (none)
Color Transform                 : YCbCr
Image Width                     : 640
Image Height                    : 480
Encoding Process                : Progressive DCT, Huffman coding
Bits Per Sample                 : 8
Color Components                : 3
Y Cb Cr Sub Sampling            : YCbCr4:4:4 (1 1)
Aperture                        : 13.0
Shutter Speed                   : 1/180
Create Date                     : 2007:08:29 10:47:40.00
Date/Time Original              : 2007:08:29 10:47:40.00
Modify Date                     : 2007:09:24 12:06:07.00
Thumbnail Image                 : (Binary data 5386 bytes, use -b option to extract)
Image Size                      : 640x480
Light Value                     : 14.9
Scale Factor To 35 mm Equivalent: 1.5
Circle Of Confusion             : 0.020 mm
Field Of View                   : 61.9 deg
Focal Length                    : 20.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 30.0 mm)
Hyperfocal Distance             : 1.54 m

Note: This is a parody entry. Don’t send any doctored pics to Sun Media. Also, don’t trust metadata as proof of anything.

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