Thursday, November 20, 2008

Photo or Photoshop?

I found this photo on line. It's taken from the September 2005 issue of Africa Geographic. I originally came across it on someone's facebook photos, and in the comments someone suggested that it was a great photoshop job of airbrushing. Someone else posted a link to the page stating that it was a legitimate photograph. Either way it's a great shot, but I am fascinated as to whether or not it's actually a real photo. You see, if it is, I can only wonder if the guy in the kayak has an extra change of underwear as he watches this mammoth creature approach his 'vinyl-thin' kayak which offers about as much protection as a paper house in a hurricane. Here's the link so that you can examine it even closer yourself (It's time for all you forensic 'experts' to let your skills show). http://www.whitesharktrust.org/pages/mediaarticle/media25.html


My personal take: Judging from the line that splits the photo right down the middle, and the differences in the shades of the sky on either half (which might indicate photos taken at two different times of day), as well as the fact that the ripples on both halves don't exactly line up, I'm inclined to think it's a fake. What do you think?

6 comments:

Ash said...

I don't doubt they perfect the picture a little for the magazine esp considering what kind of paper it might be on...but you'd be amazed at the kind of photos you can get...I mean some of the pictures I've gotten of the ocean or the skyline...are incredible. Sometimes I'll dash off a little brightness or add contrast if it's too bright or choppy, but it's really never much - it's more just to see the picture. With the split in the page, could have been taken at different times, then again, an change of angle can do something totally different to the color. It's probably more genuine than we think. Either way, amazing!

ST said...

Put me down for "fake"! :)

theresa162 said...

Hi Joseph

I had to Snopes it...

Here is the link and they say...
http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/sharkkayak.asp


IT IS TRUE! I would be just a little scared!

Jordan said...

Hey Pastor Joseph,

It is real. I have run across this one before. You can check out the authenticity for yourself at snopes...This site has the answer to questions of validity for any story, photo, or gimmick going around on the internet. It's always accurate and well-sourced....Here's the link to their article on this photo"

http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/sharkkayak.asp

Joseph said...

Hey Theresa and Jordan, thanks for the snopes link confirming the authenticity of this photo. It's pretty amazing! Truth is, while I suspected that it might be a fake, I kept wondering how they could compromise their integrity by publishing something that wasn't real. I'm glad you guys cleared this up for us. Wow! That guy had better really have had a change of underwear!

Thea said...

While I would have said fake also I would really like to know what happened to the guy. How did he get out of that debacle? Isn't that a great word? "Debacle"