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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Mounted Patrol I

Almost a perfect PR shot for these horse mounted KCPD members...can you see what makes it less than perfect? (No, the photog's shadow isn't it!)


  1. Dear The Observer,
    Perfect for National Police Officer's Week. I don't know what the gripe is, is it that no one's face shows up? If so, it seems minor . . . I'm willing to be corrected!

    Ann T.

  2. Ann T:
    I've been dying to see if anyone sees it...cause I didn't see it until I started working with the photo in the "not-dark-room"...

    The horse on the left, with the officer greeting the people, the one with the white blaze on his face...the horse is sticking out his tongue.


    The Observer

    PS: If you would like to use either of these KCPD mounted officer photos, you certainly may. Just credit the South Kansas City Observer!

  3. Well, I just might do that. Thank you!

    The question is: do i want the horse to stick its tongue out at my readers or not????



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