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Scenes of D-Day revisited in then and now photos

Getty Images photographer Peter Macdiarmid literally followed in the footsteps of World War II combat photographers to re-shoot scenes from D-Day captured in their historical photographs. He wanted to match them as closely to show the changes in 70 years. On D-Day, June 6, 1944, Allied troops landed along a stretch of French coastline to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France.

Macdiarmid browsed through several hundred images in the Getty archives to find places he could revisit. He looked for landmarks or buildings that would likely still exist today. With the help of Google Street View he was able to explore the areas virtually on his laptop to narrow in on where he could go. He had done a similar project for World War I.

In some places it took more than a dozen shots to line up the position where the original photo was taken. Shooting with a digital camera with a 24-70mm lens he loaded the photos onto his laptop while still on location. Using Photoshop he combined his images with the archival one until he was satisfied with the results.

Along the way he encountered helpful and curious onlookers who were supportive of his project. Macdiarmid said he found it fascinating to stand in the same spot where a photographer colleague had been 70 years before.