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I just found about about this fascinating Twitter account @FakeAstropix - highlighting photoshopping of pictures of a starry skies. Photoshopping not just happens in scientific papers, of course. But this particular story caught my attention.
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This is a @NatGeoScience article about a photographer who made a series of beautiful photos of baobab trees under starry skies. These photos are enhanced with "platinum palladium printing", but that is not the only issue here.
HT: @erictleung
nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/0…
The photos are breathtaking.
But, as several people pointed out (@dolfinak, @RobertoMoralesC, and @FakeAstropix), there are unexpected regions of similarity in the stars on her photos.
Here is one of the images that I marked with our combined findings. There might be more.
These are beautiful pieces of art - but the problem is that these are presented as real photographs (with some image enhancement). Where does nature photography end and where does art start? That is hard to tell here.
In my opinion, photoshopping does not belong in @NatGeo @NatGeoPhotos.
Our planet and night sky are beautiful by themselves. They do not need to be photoshopped.
Some more regions of unexpected similarity in work by this photographer, as found on bethmoon.com
HT: @schneiderleonid
Two photos by this artist, one by day and one by night.
Avenue of the Baobab Trees - amazing how clouds and shadows on trees can look similar at different times of day.
Same sky, different trees.
Birds of one feather
Three eyed ravens? Left one HT: @schneiderleonid
Also, read this nice analysis by @petapixel about the potential duplications in Beth Moon's photos in @NatGeo
petapixel.com/assets/uploads…
Continuing this thread, with "Izar" - HT: @Thatsregrettab1
Another set of trees with exactly the same stars behind them. HT: @cgseife
Also - another brick in the wall.
The Sentinels of St Edwards might have had some help.
I will end with a redo of image 12 from the @NatGeo article - the one that was initially flagged in this petapixel.com/2019/05/07/thi… article.
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