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Old 03-17-2009, 11:51 AM   #2
Too Wild To Garden
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Location: Franklin, Massachusetts, United States

As a PhotoShop user, I have to disagree with the fellow who concluded that these photos are fake.

Sneaking around through the actual image showed that this image was last edited August 8, 2005 at 3:02pm with Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0, likely pirated. Ah-hah! This hoax has been BUSTED!

PhotoShop Elements is a dumbed-down version of PhotoShop that isn’t capable of the sort of high-quality artistry that it would take to fake these photos. It’s a tool for laypeople to dork around with their home photos. It would take an artist and the full version of PhotoShop to fake these bear photos.

The author doesn’t know his editing programs very well. GIMP is not a “high-end graphics program”, it’s an open-source imitation of PS that makes me want to gouge out my eye in frustration whenever I use it for the most basic of photo-editing. (But since it’s free, I can hardly complain!)

From an artist’s point-of-view, assembling these images would require a ton of reference images of bears. I’m not sure where you could get a pile of pictures of the same sort of bear in the same sort of lighting and from the correct perspectives and doing the same sorts of quirky dangling-by-its-paws antics. The original photos would be amusing enough on their own that adding a birdfeeder would be gilding the lily.
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