Based on the full view of the letter (above), the strongest lighting iscoming from the left. There should be no shadows on the left of the seal’s features if it’sraised. The raised features would be highlighted from that direction. Instead there areshadows on the left of the emblem's details. It’s pretty clear it is not a raised seal. Those shadows are within the incised areas of theseal's features.”
She also observes a variance in color for the paper bearing the seals in question:
It does appear that the full view version of the letter may be on a whitesheet of paper while the close-up was taken from an off-white or cream colored stock with a visible tooth (cotton fibers). So strange...]”
TerryK solicited the opinion of others on this paradox. After having read numerous of TerryK’s previous investigative reports on seals I was confident she was on to somethingso I set about to investigate an area of the document she had not discussed in order toquell my own curiosity. I also believed that if additional discrepancies or evidence forfraud existed it would further bolster TerryK’s claims.I will now give an account of the methodical approach I used in my efforts along withresults and summary.The first thing I did was analyze the lighting used to create the photographs and observeits effects on the document.1. SHADOW ORIENTATIONThe wide shot doesn’t appear to have been taken with a camera flash for several reasons.There is a light source generating a highlight on the left side of the image being morepronounced on the table due to the sheen of the polyurethane finish on the surface of thewood, however it does not cover the entire length of the document from which I wouldconclude it is a more focused light source and not dispersed as widely as a camera flash. Ialso see a higher amount of contrast at the bottom of the document as opposed to what Iwould expect if a camera flash were used. Further I would note that if a camera flash hadbeen used at that distance, you would expect much less shadows to be exhibited on thedocument if any. Since the document is on a table the photographer would have had tohave been leaning over it from above, that is why the camera would have had to havebeen in such close proximity to the subject of the image. It doesn’t appear to be a copystand, those typically have more uniform lighting and a black matte finish surface.Based on the possibility of multiple light sources from points of origin unknown at thistime including reflected light I will accede to TerryK’s analysis of the seal.Then I observed the characteristics of the paper stock as displayed in the separatephotographs used to create the document in question and compared the variances betweenthem.