Wednesday, March 10, 2010

A Photo Fake, Of Course

Of course, yesterday's "Elephant Attacks Pro Photographer" image was a photo fake - which is why I used the quotation marks. The shot was taken in the American Museum of Natural History in NYC - and then enhanced in Photoshop.

Sure, I could have done a better job in Photoshop. However, demonstrating my Photoshop skills was not the point.

I posted the photograph to bring you back here – so I could stress the importance of honesty in wildlife photography.

No one says that better than Ted Williams in his article in the current issue (March-April) of Audubon magazine: Picture Perfect - Phony wildlife photography in magazines, books, calendars and posters is giving a warped view of nature.

Check it out. It's important read.

The article is not posted on the web at this time, but here is another article by Ted.

Explore the light - and remember that honesty is the best policy.
Rick

5 comments:

Willem said...

Hi Rick,

do you have examples of doctored photos?
Fake wildlife images are (IMO) mostly photos taken in zoo's. In many cases there's something wrong with those images which I can't really explain. The 'fake' images have something about them (bad vibe??).

Giveaways are also:
- fences not entirely cloned out
- Weird/incorrect foliage
- the average McDonalds bag or Starbucks coffee cup on the ground, or even a baboon eating a Snickers :)

Rick Sammon said...

hi willem... i have some and will post. thanks, rick

Rick Sammon said...

hi willem... i have some and will post. thanks, rick

Rick Sammon said...

hi willem... i have some and will post. thanks, rick

Marc Schilter said...

Hey Rick,
I like your Blog, and the pictures about wildlife. A month ago I was at Kenya. The game drive was super cool.

By the way the pictures of this Trip:
" http://marcschilter.ch/lichtspiel/ "
its a Blog with every day a new shot.

Greetings from Switzerland
Marc