But is the photo real? In this case, yes
By Judy Evans
November 29, 2017 11:19pm CST
In my last discussion I added a photo of a motor-bike in a tree. We used to see this regularly when we drove this particular road in Western Australia. The photo was taken perhaps 30 years ago and the vegetation has now grown up around the tree to the point where you have to look hard to find it. The story behind the bike is that one day it wouldn't start and the owner hoisted it into the tree. We drove that road just a few weeks ago and the bike is now sitting at the bottom of the tree. I guess the rope gave way after all those years. James (@JamesHxstatic) thought the photo was ‘created’ in Photoshop or somesuch. It isn’t but it reinforced a feeling I had earlier that I now find myself wondering if a photo is ‘real’ or not. Is it the result of a clever photographer maybe just touching up his own photo or if it has been concocted from several images? All sorts of improvements can be made with the many photo-enhancing programmes that are now available but more and more I find myself wondering if a photo is really so good or just someone clever with a program. Photography has been spoilt a little for me because I’m never sure now if someone is a crash-hot photographer or if they are just pulling the wool (apologies to Herc). Do you find yourself questioning whether a photo is ‘real’ or not?
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• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
@JudyEv You make a good point about photos being viewed with suspicion. i tend to take things literally and do not think about altering photos so it never occurred to me this might be a photo that was doctored! i also knew you would never do that to us!
• Riga, Latvia
Interesting photo. I love to take digital photos and load them up in my PC. I like taking photos of all kinds of interesting things but I would not like to add anything to them. I like them just natural. Natural photos like this one of mushrooms growing on a tree.
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
@JudyEv I knew you would. I just didn't know you doctored up photos as it seems so hard. I am not good at doing regular photos! Though my sister almost gets a daily photo of Onyx to make her day better as I love taking his picture!
• United States
I tend to believe in the honesty of people so I would be fooled easily by photos that are altered. I thought either it was a toy bike in tree or that tree was massive for the bike to look so small. I think this is so neat the story behind it. You can bet a lot of people stopped to photography this oddity and ask about it.
• Bunbury, Australia
I guess the bike does look small but the photo hasn't been altered at all. It's off to the side of the road so it would be interesting to know how many people have spotted it. After we saw it the first time we always looked for it.