- Hi - I sent the article and photos to a friend. Here
is her reply.
- I had a good look at it and I opened it into Photoshop
but it's very hard to tell because the resolution is so low seeing as it
is just a video capture.
- The way the railings look like they are running over
him is just optical illusion. His arm is bent (and you can kind of see
his lower arm coming up and his hand gripping what looks like the strap
of his bag/backpack) and that is why you can see the railing behind him
and the area that they must be suggesting is the lower half of his arm
is actually the corner of the building behind the railings.
- The one they suggest is running through his face actually
isn't and the white area on his face is just skin and light reflection.
The lighting on his coat, hat etc is consistent with rest of the photo
which is usually the way you can pick up if something has been added into
- Also, if someone was going to go to the trouble of doctoring
the photo they wouldn't leave anything as glaringly obvious and badly done
as railings running over the top of someone. I mean, even the crappiest
image retouched wouldn't do that! It would be so, so easy to get rid of
the 'railings' if that is what it actually is if you were placing this
guy into the shot. What would be a lot harder would be making all the highlights
and shadows totally consistent with the rest of the photo especially on
something so low-res and that's what I'm looking at to test it's authenticity.
- The light reflecting from the railing at the level of
his face has visually 'bled' into the light reflecting from his face because
the image is very low-res and hi-contrast.
- I also think the area around the figure they suggest
makes it look like is has been cut out and pasted on is just a sort of
'halo-ing effect' you get when images are very low resolution and you try
to blow them up bigger. If you notice the effect isn't just around the
guy with the hat but also around the whole of the guy in front of him who
isn't suggested to be superimposed.
- Take from it what you will but that's my professional
- Reviewed by M. Macgregor-Reid, Graphic Design business
owner with 7 years experience.