My wife and a friend were coming home from Nashville, following their pilgrimage to see Pirates of the Caribbean 3. With her friend driving, my wife noticed a very interesting cloud formation, and took the following two pictures.
She didn’t show me the photos until this morning, after I got the camera out of the car. I uploaded them myself only a few minutes after seeing them, so I know the main two haven’t been Photoshopped. After putting them on Photobucket, I opened the originals in Photoshop, and cropped them down for easy viewing. Here are the originals, each followed by the close-up cropped version. Be sure to view these in full, they’re rather large. Enjoy!
Again, I swear these aren’t Photoshopped. Just very, very super.
“The straight edges on the left give away that it is indeed photoshopped. Nice try though. You should learn to use the blur and smudge tool more. The shot at the distance really gives it away.”
I’ll admit, I was curious how long it would take for someone to claim these were Photoshopped, but in the end, it just doesn’t feel all that great to be called a liar. I pointed out that the photos were taken through a windshield, although I’m not actually seeing these lines anyhow. Ask anyone– I’m not a very visual person. Still, this user persists:
“I showed them to my photoshop teacher at UNLV and the first thing he did was laugh. And you don’t even want me to repeat what he said about people who would believe this. SO for a second opinion I took them to the Department of Geoscience, which teaches from meteorology to paleontology. The Professor took one look and his first word was “fake”. He then went on to say that yes clouds to take on shapes and people can see many different pictures in them, but they are abstract pictures. None of the shapes are definite designs. Then he went to his computer and began to show me a collection of real and fake designs in the clouds. He also wanted me to thank you for a new entry into his fake collection. Sorry people it is fake. As much as we would all like it to be real, it’s not”
Well! I had a pretty good laugh at this. It wouldn’t be the first time I heard about a professor being blatantly wrong about something– but two in one day? Sounds like a new DaveX record! I decided to offer a challenge, made all the better because I know I’m telling the truth:
“Tell ya what. I’ll take your weather teacher up on a challenge, for two reasons:
1) I know the pictures are real, so I can’t possibly lose.
2) I think a collection of fake clouds is kinda cool, and I’d hate to ruin it with a picture of a real one.
So here’s a couple things, so I know YOU’RE on the up and up, and not just being a pest. Post a link to your Photoshop prof’s info on an official UNLV site. It’s a big university, I’m sure he/she has some sort of page. Then we’ll get in contact with this person together at a UNLV e-mail, and they can let us know how to proceed to demonstrate that this is indeed a real photo. I’ve still got the photo on the memory stick, so surely there is a way to verify this is legit. If they can come up with a test, I’ll go for it. Otherwise, you need to lay off. I don’t appreciate folks calling my wife or myself a liar. The ball is in your court!”
I’m calling on all STARTLING MONIKER readers to help me defend myself here. Does anyone know anything about verifying a file’s veracity? How can someone prove a photo file is unaltered? Thanks for all your help! –DaveX