Keith Parris  


VIETNAM VETERAN BELT  BUCKLE by Keith Parris

November 2020 - VIETNAM VETERAN BELT BUCKLE

About the Image(s)

I guess this photograph is historical documentation or possibly product photography. I bought this belt buckle at the Shootist Gun and Knife Shop in Tyler, Texas for a birthday or Christmas gift to a Vietnam veteran. The symbols were a challenge for me to identify because I was never in military service; rather, I maintained a college deferment. I have identified the symbols as shoulder sleeve insignia (shoulder patches):
first from the left on top as representing the 4th Infantry Division;
second from the left on top as representing the Military Assistance Command “ Vietnam;
third from the left on top as representing the 1st Cavalry Division (That this division in based at Fort Hood, Texas catches my attention because I am a native Texas.);
fourth from the left on top as representing the 1st Infantry Division;
fifth from the left on top as representing the 9th Infantry Division;
sixth from the left on top as representing the 5th Infantry Division;
first from left on bottom as representing the Americal Division (23rd Infantry Division);
second from left on bottom as representing the Special Forces;
third from the left on bottom as representing the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team (Sky Soldiers);
fourth from the left on bottom as representing the 82nd Airborne Division,
and fifth from the left on bottom as representing the 101st Airborne Division.


Processed in Luminar 4
Added Topaz DeNoise AI layer.
Applied Lens & Geometry: Defringe.
Applied Lens & Geometry: Rotate +26.
Cropped image.
Light: Exposure +0.50
AI Enhance: AI Accent +44
AI Structure: Amount +25
AI Structure: Boost +15
Details Enhancer: Small Details +30
Details Enhancer: Medium Details +25
Used Clone and Stamp to remove stray hairs and bright reflection from the background that I missed when I made the photograph.
Applied watermark, also known as signature, with new image layer.
Set watermark layer opacity to +60.
Tried Topaz Sharpen AI layer but it introduced a distortion on the left side of the image, so I backed that out with the history panel.
Exported to .jpg file.











This round’s discussion is now closed!
10 comments posted




Stuart Caine   Stuart Caine
Keith, I like the picture of the Vietnam Veteran Belt Buckle.But I find a lot of spots all over the buckle, which can be removed.I went over most of these white spots, using the photoshop "spot healing brush tool. This is what I got.   Posted: 11/11/2020 13:32:19
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Keith Parris   Keith Parris
I considered briefly removing the spots, but decided not to do so because they are actually on the belt buckle. Removing the spots makes a cleaner photograph; however, I was concerned that it could be misleading.   Posted: 11/14/2020 21:59:31



Holly Moore   Holly Moore
I like the photograph much better without the spots. My husband is a Vietnam Veteran and the recipient of a Purple Heart. He likes the photo as well.   Posted: 11/15/2020 13:54:52
Keith Parris   Keith Parris
Thank you. I have mixed emotions about retouching my photograph.   Posted: 11/30/2020 21:27:17



Michael Braunstein   Michael Braunstein
good photo either way.   Posted: 11/15/2020 15:12:41
Keith Parris   Keith Parris
Thank you. My wife and I gave my older brother-in-law this belt buckle for his birthday. He was at Landing Zone Dottie in Vietnam and was the officer in charge of the fire direction center. He used his veterans education benefit to attend graduate school at Southern Methodist University where he earned a PhD in mathematical statistics. A few years ago he retired as a professor of statistics from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa.   Posted: 11/30/2020 21:32:16



Heather-Dawn Joseph   Heather-Dawn Joseph
A very appropriate shot for this month - Veteran's Day. I also like the cleaner shot as it brings all of the symbols to life. It is cleaner and does justice to a good shot.   Posted: 11/20/2020 10:38:49
Keith Parris   Keith Parris
Thank you.   Posted: 11/30/2020 21:32:42



Lynne Lewis   Lynne Lewis
Nice tribute for Veteran's day Keith. Interesting in what I felt when I viewed your version. I had 3 brothers (and other relatives) in that war. Showing the wear on this piece represented just how long ago that was and I like your vision. Well done.   Posted: 11/22/2020 13:08:57
Keith Parris   Keith Parris
Thank you. It is difficult to believe it was been 50 years ago.   Posted: 11/30/2020 21:34:24