Image source: ChillOutPoint.com
Tell us oh wise one, what is the giveaway that this is photoshopped? You can’t call it without explaining why.
Not a photoshop.
When this photograph was first published in Africa Geographic, BBC Wildlife and later in Paris Match and the Daily Mail (London) it resulted in a flurry of e-mails, phone calls and letters from around the world asking if the image was a fake. Following publication no less than 50 websites were hosting colorful discussions about the authenticity of this photograph. The image became probably the most talked about of shark photograph ever and has become my undisputed best seller.
The photograph is real, no photoshop, no digital manipulation, no nothing, in fact it was shot on slide film Fuji Provia 100 using a Nikon F5 Camera and 17-35 mm lens. For those conspiracy fans who still doubt its authenticity please read how I took the photograph.
To capture this image I tied myself to the tower of the research boat Lamnidae and leaned into the void, precariously hanging over the ocean while waiting patiently for a white shark to come along. I wanted to shot a photograph that would tell the story of our research efforts to track white sharks using kayaks. When the first shark of the day came across our sea kayak it dove to the seabed and inspected it from below. I quickly trained my camera on the dark shadow which slowly transformed from diffuse shape into the sleek outline of a large great white. When the shark’s dorsal fin broke the surface I thought I had the shot, but hesitated a fraction of a second and was rewarded with marine biologist Trey Snow in the kayak turning around to look behind him. I pressed the shutter and the rest was history. Throughout the day I shot many more images, most showing the kayak following the shark, but all lacked the power of that first image of the great white tracking the kayak.
it’s true, an incredible thing to look at, and an amazing example of terror
One of the most breathtaking wildlife photos I’ve ever seen.
Needs moar tail.
terrifying. was the picture taken from a helicopter? I don’t get how the photographer was able to get so high up. I have no idea what I’d do if that happened to me.
If this happened to me i could have sworn i’ll never go to the sea again..
Looks like it aint shopped i`ve used photoshop quite a bit.or they must have done a very good job.
DEFINITELLY SHOPPED! LOOK: THE SHARK IS 4m apparently, right? Judging by the image, it is no further than that (4m) from the kayak. We are told that the kayak is 3,8m. Yet the shark clearly looks at least 1.5-1.8 times the size of the kayak (length-wise).How could the perspective of the image account for such a huge discrepancy in the image between the apparent sizes of the two shapes, and their reported (almost ) identical size in reality. And just because the dude posted saying HE didnt photoshop it, doesnt mean someone else hasn’t, shithead!
And furthermore, KEVIN, this would be a piece of piss to ‘shop. Select man + kayak > free transform > Drag smaller. Than clone stamp ocean on a layer below that such that it fills the gap left by the shriking of the man. Voi’la, I just made the shark look way bigger.
And anyway, even if it isnt shopped, the point is, how can you just believe it isnt because it looks good and some person claiming to be him posted say ‘you’ve got to believe me, i didn’t shop!’. Its the internet, anything goes. Would you beleive me if I said I was the designer of photoshop, sent you a link to a website about my career, and then said it was shopped?
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