5371 The First Photo

Photo by MJ Klein, taken May 11, 2007, 09:39:39

UPDATE: First hour stats: Flickr views: 372 / Blog page views: 845

TV News stations are allowed to air this photograph under the license.

Last night, I uploaded this photograph to my flickr.com account using the Flock photo uploader (in ancitipation of using it on the blog). I did not realize that for some reason, the uploaded had made the photo public for a short time. Even so, 23 persons viewed it and one left a comment (which explains the old time stamp). Thanks to everyone who viewed and commented!

UPDATE #2: 5/16/07 02:06: The Taiwan Air Force released 14 of my photographs to the press today. http://www.ettoday.com/2007/05/15/301-2097203.htm

Obviously this reduces the value of the collection. There are 8 exclusive photos remaining from the continuous set.

This afternoon, the Taiwan Air Force released preliminary information on their investigation, which is rapidly drawing to a close.

I have decided to publish this, the very first photo in the series, so that the public and the press may finally appreciate how important the entire series of photographs really is.

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License. News media publications are allowed to publish this photograph, and are the only allowable exception to this Noncommercial license.
Credit: “Michael J. Klein”

This photo was taken at a calculated distance of less than 700 meters.

After careful consideration, my wife and I have decided that we will sell the remaining 22 photos to the press and donate 100% of the money to a charity that we have chosen. This way, we can use this opportunity to benefit those in need and still accomplish the goal of publishing the photos. Personal profit was never our intention. We invite interested parties to contact us via email: thenhbushman@gmail.com

Please join me in saluting the heroes of 5371. “They gave their lives to save ours”


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  1. Nikon D80, 300mm Nikkor G type lens, _manually focused_ because the auto focus on the big lens is too slow.

    5371 looked like i could reach out and touch it. i was so close, but i couldn’t help them. 🙁

  2. Hey, Mr.Klein
    I am just want to thank you on behalf of Taiwanese people for what you are doing with the photos. It is great to see a foreigner who would do such a great thing like this. We, Taiwanese, should be ashamed of this because I have not seen much actions being taken regarding this issue except the politicians trying to get more publicity. Again, I just want you to know that there is a lot of people who appreciate and touched by your actions.

  3. Wayne, thank you very much for your kind words. i’m not sure if what i did is great or not. i am sure though, that it was necessary.

    last night was very emotional for me. i saw my photos on TV last night and i couldn’t stop thinking about those families and friends of the injured and killed. i openly wept for those heroes and their families.

    the memorial service is this Saturday. it would give me great comfort to be able to attend the memorial and to pay my respects, but i haven’t been invited (i’m sure its for military only).

    every time i drive on that road past the military base in our neighborhood, i will think of the Heroes of 5371.

  4. Have you had media interest (in Taiwan) about your story – ie helping with the investigation, donating money from any sales to charity etc.

    A lot of TW people only ever see the foreigners in TW on the news/in the paper when the foreigner has done something bad.

    Your story might go a long way to changing some of the preconceptions many TWese have about foreigners here.

  5. cfi, in a few moments i will do another post to answer some questions about the media response that i have received. i have been contacted by 2 representatives: 1 from a newspaper and the other from a TV news network.

  6. Mr. Klein,
    you are the man! you were at the right place and the right time to take down those sad moments of the most brave ROCA pilots.. but, your intergrity is greater much appreciated! By selling those photos to generate money to help those people who need help the most and not to pocket into yours own.. I slaute you and welcome to Taiwan!!!
    These two brave pilots must be rest in peace over at the god’s hands with your kind hearted and thoughtfulness! KC

  7. you know, i was in the right place at the right time. and i also had a professional camera with more than 25 experience, also a trained observer and field engineer – the coincidences are too much to ignore.

    our attempt to sell the photos for charity was…. misguided. things are better for how they have played out and i can’t ignore that either. now the whole world can study the photos. i’m counting on people a lot smarter than i to take a good look at them.

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