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Its a fake.




This image recently appeared in the Feb. 2006 issue of National Geographic Adventure magazine. It struck me as a little "hard to believe..." but I figured hey, its Nat. Geo, so it must be real.

Well, don't you know that they printed a retraction in this months issue in response to letters they recieved questioning the authenticity of the photo.

"Early in the selection process we were assured by the photographer and his agency that the photo was real. While Hawaii is a place where magical things happen, further technical analysis proved - and the photographer eventually admitted - that the image was a digital composite."

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jphotog
Mar. 14th, 2006 07:03 pm (UTC)
they're having some... scale issues there. plus, you can see the woman underwater but none at all of the whale, which is odd. I hope the photographer was let go; that's just not ethical...
blaneyphoto
Mar. 14th, 2006 07:06 pm (UTC)
His portfolio is still up - I don't know what that says about his status... I'd let him go if I were them.
liquid_quaalude
Mar. 14th, 2006 07:10 pm (UTC)
Ok im the farthest thing from an expert...but I would question this photo up and down. I cant belive the people at Nat Geo did NOT and let it go to print!
blaneyphoto
Mar. 14th, 2006 07:12 pm (UTC)
Yeah, well when the issue arrived, I spent a long time trying to figure it out... Too many perspective issues and general weirdness. Its too bad though, because I like the photo alot!
liquid_quaalude
Mar. 14th, 2006 07:13 pm (UTC)
oh I know it is a marvy photo!!
but wow! must be easy to get a job at Nat Geo apparently!
blaneyphoto
Mar. 14th, 2006 07:16 pm (UTC)
If only it was that easy... I'd run right down there and sign up!
godalphul
Mar. 14th, 2006 07:55 pm (UTC)
unethical, yes, but props to the photographer for fooling National Geographic. I'm not saying its okay to claim a composite is "real" only that it must be a good composite to fool National Geographic. Although as it has already been pointed out, there are some perspective issues with the image
madamebovary
Mar. 14th, 2006 09:22 pm (UTC)
This really makes me want to get back into metaphysical ethics. Are you aware of a group called the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA)? They actually have a list of ethical tenets that should be held by everyone in their association. I'm not sure if it's only pertaining to the ethical treatment of animals or if it also has something to do with the ethical treatment of photography as well.
dw_photoprojekt
Mar. 15th, 2006 05:15 am (UTC)
oh no, not some anti-photoshop right wingers. just what the world needs
dw_photoprojekt
Mar. 15th, 2006 05:15 am (UTC)
the whale didnt look real to me for whatever reason. but i do like the colors of the water- pretty cool.
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