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Experts needed to find out if this is photoshop.?
The hand definitely looks like it has an outline that doesn't fit, but it could just be lighting.
The tail looks legit to me.
It's hard to say. Could just be shitty quality, but since it is so shitty quality, analysis is difficult. Which could be why it's so shitty.
EDIT2: Found this source: Kyle Taylor giving the shaka hand-sign just as a whale breaches behind him in Byron Bay, Australia in September 2015. Photograph: Kyle Taylor/Instagram
EDIT3: Cameronrad posted the source image in response.
Shot with a GoPro Hero 3+
Alternate link if that one dies: https://exifinfo.org/detail/oi7z7v9f-RuTF_CDUolQKw
Also with some solarization curves in Photoshop:
What does this mean, to the layman?
It's just a visual aid for finding errors, retouching mistakes, etc.. Retouchers often times use quality control layers like this to pixel-peep images and check for things they may have missed. They typically are something like this https://i.imgur.com/9AFeiqD.png
A layer that can be toggled to lighten, darken, invert, a couple solarization curves to exaggerate detail, and a grayscale to view the image's tonal values without having color influence your perception.
Some more info on Quality Control curve layers in Photoshop https://www.slrlounge.com/3-curves-to-help-check-your-work-is-ready-for-publication-photoshop-tutorial/
Or here's a photoshop action I made that makes the layers/layer group I showed above: http://files.cameronrad.com/v3Cc or it can always be found in the /r/postprocessing megathread with tutorials and other retouching info I find :)
While I appreciate the attempt, you guys really need to get better at google.
Its quite easy to see which parts got edited out on this image in order to create the image OP posted.
Harsh, but fair.
Now Peyton Manning him
Is that where we drag our balls across his face?
Time to start offloading these pitchforks.
well played. well played indeed.
This is very informative, thank you
I want to quit Reddit because of you.
My bad, thank you for showing us what a real photograph looks like when doing ELA.
EDIT: BTW if you want to make it a tiny bit harder for your typical user to use ELA, resize it, even by just a bit.
yeah that is cool, you can even see where I smudged the shutterstock logo from the lower right of the hand.
Interesting how the background that I simply Smudged to remove dont show up on the ELA.
I knew what it was, why did I click it?
Yeah, it becomes much more obvious once you see the original
Take my upvote.
Was expecting Peyton Manning so I was okay with this
the original image, rofl. thats the fake one. look at the lense flare stop when it hits the hand. plus it just looks lit completely differently. edit: jesus, looking at all the replies. one idiot followed by 100 more.
Well fucking played
Looks legit to me
I’m on Apollo so I can see the image before clicking on it and I still did it for some reason.
Wow, it was so obvious. Can't believe noone found it.
Good job! The source has a lot of great images in it beyond this one too, which is a nice surprise.
I’m going to say real. The weird outline I think is because his hand it wet
It's not hard to tell, the whale tail and splash is blurrier than both the water and sky meaning it's been enlarged while the rest of the image hasn't been enlarged. The hand and water are one shot, the tail is cut and paste from another.
Also, that lens flare in the middle is a canned render from Photoshop.
Edit 2: It's amazing how a 2 year old picture can spark a now "controversy"/conversation.
The hand belongs with the water (reflection, shadow and the same level of excessive sharpness creating the same outline as on the edge of the water). The whale's tail on the other hand doesn't have any of that. Plus the point it photoshopped in is probably just few meters away due to the low angle.
Plus the point it photoshopped in is probably just few meters away due to the low angle
Cool! So you’re saying this hand got super close to a baby whale!
As you say, the whale is way too close. Follow the wave behind them both. See how uneven it is just behind the whale? That's because it is so close to us. At the distance it would have to be for the whale to look like that the wave would have evened out. It is a tiny wave very close to the camera.
You can also see the splash around the whale tail, which ends abruptly and doesn't disturb any of the surrounding water. You don't need to know anything about Photoshop to see that this is a fake. Whether or not the hand is shopped in, the whale certainly is.
I think you're imagining a much bigger whale than is pictured. Judging by the shape of the tail that's most likely a humpback whale and they average around 13 - 14 meters full grown. The wave directly behind just looks like natual chop.
The splash also looks perfectly natural to me. A quick google search of "Humpback whale tails" can show you dozens of images of breached tails with little to no fizzing around the tail. We're also looking at it from the water level, so we're not going to see all of the distortion caused by the tail breaching since the ocean isn't flat.
Here's a higher quality version.
I agree that you see many whale tails without fizzing. That's part of the problem: the white water is added in. It's too raised. Compare it to any of the photos you looked at, where the white water is much flatter, at least until the tail is fully submerged.
The distance between them is only two or three metres, meaning that if the pic were real then the whale would only be about the size of a mermaid. The reason we can tell it's so close is that the ripples by the person's arm are about the same size as those at the whale's tail.
Ramped up the curves on the photo in Photoshop which usually shows if something has been faked pretty quick. The edges on the original look kinda too clean cut. Also, I think the whale tail in comparison to the arm with the wetsuit lack any sort of detail/noise. Notice how flat the tail is to the arm. Dunno, my gut feeling is that it's fake. I'll leave it up to you. https://imgur.com/a/bT4tqRD
Something is up with your solarization curves. This is what the detail is like:
Makes these layers:
Also here's some EXIF data from the image if you're interested. It was shot with a GoPro Hero 3+
I like turtles.
Wasn't saying it didn't belong in the water, just that it looks like there's an outline that doesn't fit. In the higher quality version u/10GuyIsDrunk posted the outline is less jagged and looks more natural.
The tail still looks legit to me. You wouldn't see a shadow or reflection from the tail regardless due to the angle and distance of the photo. Too much moving water catching the sunlight.
The photo of the arm in the water is real but the fingers and forearm have that awkward outline because they probably added a more tasteful sky in the background (hence the lens flare effect). Look closely along the edges of the hand/forearm and you'll see artifacts that typically appear when using photoshop's "smart radius" masking feature excessively. These artifacts dont appear anywhere else in the water, yet the shadow of the arm appears perfect in the water.
The tail is also added in post. It mirrors the same artifacts like the hand and still doesn't match the focus of the water. If this were one single photo, there would be no questions whatsoever regarding the quality of the foreground/middleground/background.
It is smart editing and very creative. But I think the editor failed to maintain the composited photos as "smart objects" in their layers. In other words, its very likely they rasterized the composited photos before masking them. Then once you transform a rasterized layer it will inevitably take on more artifacts.
Source: Graphic Designer for 12 years
I just can't believe they used the stop lens flare, it's the single easiest way to ruin every retouch
Those artifacts along the edge of the hand are just standard JPG compression that shows up along edges and they do appear in the water. But the tail is totally faked in.
The lens flare alone makes me think it’s photoshop. I’ve never seen lens flare like the one photoshop makes.
This is absolutely Photo-shopped. They even used lens flare in the background suggesting 1st or 2nd year Photoshop.
It's fake. Here's why:
The lens flare is a simple photoshop filter. That way you can already tell the maker used photoshop for this image.
Also I don't think there could've been a real lens flare if the photographer wanted to. The sunlight is way too dim.
The tail is really badly cut out. Look at the weird edges around it. Could be a weird whale though.
When a whale lifts its tail, it needs to lift its body close to the surface first. You would expect to see some air bubbles and waves in the water. I don't see any of that.
The hand is REAL. Just over-edited by increasing the clarity in photoshop camera raw.
So say we all.
It’s photoshop. Whales don’t have fingers.
Oh, my bad.
Wow that mermaid is really long
Now I can't unsee it.
Merman, dad.. mer man
This is now right up there with "A selfie stick is really just a telephone pole" for one of my favourite comments.
Amazing, I embarrassingly snorted at that
Long, long, maaaaaaaaaaaaid
Fuck me that’s funny
Creative Comment Confirmed!
I’m really sleepy, not wearing glasses and on my phone... at first I thought the hand was a little kid with black swim trunks on raising their arms in the air with some amazing surfer kid mane.
I was thinking how scared I’d be to be that kid, and then thinking it looked like a really long mermaid...when my eyes decided to focus.
It's true! I can see it too if I take of my glasses! I've just found out I can see more without my glasses I've been mistaken my whole life!!!
Dude I literally saw that in the thumbnail
That’s actually what I thought too at first....then I was like: well if the kid can stand like that then that water is too shallow for a whale! fake!
Me too! But I was creeped out by the hair because it looked like big fingers! Haha
Amazing that I posted a similar account of this on down the line of comments. I should have read through before posting, but I imagined seeing something a little different...
Not sure if it's fake or not, but I do want to point out one thing that everyone seems to be missing here (and that I didn't know before going to check argentina and check out whales) : Whales often keep their tails out like that for minutes (maybe even hours?). So it really wouldn't be that difficult to do that photos. Just find one that does it, jump in the water and tada. I was really surprised when I first saw that, I thought taking a pic of a whale tail out like that would requiere good reflexes and timing, turns out you have plenty of time to take your pic.
Edit: Would also like to add that this may very much be what it is in that photo, because since the source of the photo has been added we can see that this pic was taken in australia, which is a part of the wolrd where the southern right whale likes to hang out, and as mentionned in the comments below, this is exactly the kind of whale that would to that.
Often? No. I've worked on whale watching boats for years and have never seen or heard that. I have friends who still actively work on or own commercial whale watching boats and this is definitely not often.
Maybe it depends on the kind of whale ? I definetly saw at least 2 or 3 doing this. This was in Puerto Madryn, Argentina, and the people who worked on the boat definetly weren't surprised.
Edit: check out the link sent by /u/Blowncover . "Scientists believe that tail-sailing is fairly common amongst certain species, such as the Southern right whale."
Likely the key then because all my whale watching has been with gray and humpback whales in the PNW.
Wow! DC is going all out to promote the new Aquaman movie
Well it's credibility is certainly in question.
This timing of this photo is not credible.
Nothing about this looks real to me.
Ah yes, the hang-loose gesture only breaches twice every hour.
The gullibility of op is incredible
I mean why is no one asking why the hand is dry, and not causing any water disruption. How do people think things like this are real?
Photoshop has timing now?
It’s either photoshopped or a still from a video...or both.
The pic itself is edited to death so that doesn’t give much confidence in its validity
Zoom in. Look at hand. Picture is fake.
It's a composite... not a very good one either.
The fact that his photo is completely possible is irrelevant to how it is almost certainly fake.
There's thousands of photos on Instagram that exist in this sweet spot of difficult enough to take to be impressive but possible enough in our minds that we don't think it would need to be faked. That's why they're so perfect to share on Instagram.
Do I know this is fake? No.
But if you're trying to make popular photos on Instagram, you can either hopefully one day get a shot like this, maybe spend hours/days getting lucky.
Or, very easily fake a photo which is believable enough to not cause mainstream suspicion, while still being good enough to be shared wildly and boost your Instagram page.
The first is hard, the second is fairly trivial. There's no doubt plenty of the first but I bet there's way more of the second.
So Occam's razor ?
It probably helps that it's fake
One could say that it was, um, a fluke.
*drowning* makes hand symbol
*with last breath" huff huff call me
Whale: “Finally a human’s here. I’ve been holding this pose for hours!”
This is CLEARLY a shitty photoshop hob.
Totally staged the whale was in on it.
Nothing to do with timing, just have to take advantage of when an awesome creature does his thing and take pic. not really rocket science.
Credit to Kylextaylor on Instagram.
Who tragically got swallowed by a whale 10 seconds after taking this shot.
Whale's throats are too small to swallow a human
Then how did Jonah get in the whale? You saying he crawled up it’s ass?
No, that was Ant-Man and a Titan, not a whale.
here's the thing about the bible...
That... Never happened. But i would love to see the porno of "Jonah anal vored by a whale." Though.
Your mom's throat isn't.
Cheers Mr Attenborough
OPs mom is going to have heartburn
And this comment is controversial because...????
How tall is this merman?
Could be legit, but at first glance, it looks like a render to me.
The whale is holding up that hand. It’s all that’s left of the body.
Photoshop for sure, the light seems weird in the hand.
I'm 99% sure that's a photoshop.
It’d be even more pathetic if real.
No timing involved. It’s a still taken from a video of a 4K action camera.
Yes, in a very literal sense.
I don't look at these pics and automagically think photoshop. There you go.
If the sun is behind the hand, why is the hand well-lit rather than simply appearing as a silhouette? Just my $.02
Artifacts around the fingers look suspect, but it's probably just a frame capture from a gopro video, so it's a fake photo with no real timing involved...
Makes me think of the book Fluke by Christopher Moore
That is awesome lol
Whale hello there
Reddit would ask why this moment is being recorded in the first place if it's real.. 🙄