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Photo's - Is It Real or Fake?

Identifying Fake Images:
Identifying falsified images can be straightforward if you know a few tricks.
 
Images that we believe to be real but are in fact fake are bothersome because they unfairly manipulate our sense of truth.
 
If an image is deemed suspicious, then we can first look for clues by visual inspection and then proceed with scientific inspection if necessary.
 
A fake image created by altering the context is the hardest to positively identify as fake since the image is real and will pass scientific tests on the validity of the image itself.
 
Understanding the image formation properties of a camera can help to recognize fake images. The step-by-step physical process of forming an image is called the imaging chain and every image must adhere to the physics of an imaging chain, from the radiometric source to the final image product. Image chain analysis methods are used to examine images for evidence that the laws of physics have been broken. Any inconsistencies found within the image can be an indication the image has been altered.
 
A common inconsistency found when the image content is altered is the mismatch of radiometric or illumination conditions between the altered part and the rest of the image. The altered part of the image may have shadowing that is not consistent; indicating that is was illuminated under different conditions from rest of the image.
 
This is commonly seen when an object captured at one time of the day is added to an image that was captured at a different time of the day. Also, the light illuminating the altered part may not be consistent with the diffuse or specular light illuminating the rest of the scene. This effect is commonly seen when an object captured with a photographic flash is added to an image that was acquired with outdoor or studio lighting. Color, contrast, and tone will also vary for different illumination conditions, thus creating a mismatch of these characteristics between different images.
 
The physical traits of the image that can be assessed include the illumination conditions, edge sharpness, resolution, tone, relative scale, and noise characteristics.

Creators of fake images usually ignore the known physical properties of creating an image with a camera. The most significant camera effects are edge sharpness, influenced by the lens diffraction, focus, and motion blur; perspective geometry; and noise properties, usually from the detector and compression. Computer animated images are usually created without any camera effects since this will degrade the image quality and make the images less appealing to the audience. This, however, results in images that are physically impossible to capture with a camera in the real world.

When an object is added or deleted from an image, an edge is usually created that has a sharpness that is inconsistent with the rest of the image. Even an in-focus image will exhibit some blurring due to the diffraction of light from the camera aperture.

The behavior of the blurring in the image is well understood and can be mathematically modeled if the camera design is known. Even if the camera design is not known, measurements within the image can produce a relatively accurate mathematical model of the camera that can provide reasonable predictions. Cutting an object from one image and inserting it into another image will create a sharp edge at the boundary of the inserted object that is sharper than physically possible. This sharpness is easily seen and creates an obvious sign that the image has been altered, so smudging tools in image processing software are usually used to reduce the visibility of these edges. This smudging, however, will usually produce blurred edges around the object that are inconsistent with the rest of the image.

All objects in an image must also contain the proper perspective and geometry. The perspective of three-dimensional objects in the two-dimensional image is dictated by the viewing geometry and the camera. If the geometry of an object is inconsistent with the other objects in the image, then it was probably added from another image. For example, lines that are parallel in the scene will converge to a point called the vanishing point in the image. If the parallel lines of an object do not converge to the same vanishing point as the rest of the image, then the object could not have been imaged with the same camera or perspective as the rest of the image.

Finally, an understanding of how image processing alters the image characteristics can lead to signs of alteration. For example, when the image contrast is enhanced, the resulting gray-level histogram of the image will usually display "holes" or gray-level values that contain are no longer present in the image. An object from one image that is inserted into a second image may exhibit a different histogram that will indicate that it was not originally part of the second image. However, if an image has been enhanced using an adaptive processing algorithm, then the image characteristics, such as the gray-level histogram or the edge sharpness, can change locally even though no other alteration have been made. Adaptive processing should not be used on real images if the integrity of the image is to be preserved.

Note: If you have any image to check its authentity, please send us the same and we will do the needful.

Spiders Found in Iraq Desert

Real


Dead Wife in Coffee Table

Fake


Satellite Photo: Space Shuttle Tragedy

Fake


Tsunami Strikes Phuket, Thailand

Fake


Air Force Jets in U.S.A. Formation

Fake


World's Biggest Dog

Fake


Highest Bridge in the World

Real


Largest Cat

Real


Home Computer of the Future as Envisioned in 1954

Fake


Fishermen with Giant Catfish

Real


Cloud Formation Resembles 'Hands of God'

Fake


Black & White Twins

Real


Albino Fawn

Real


Human Remains Found in Crocodile

Real


Illegal Alien Hides in Dashboard

Real


Giant House Cat

Fake


A Snake, Fishing

Real


Giant Skeleton Found in Middle East

Fake


Giant Texas Gator

Real


Dog Meets Porcupine

Real


Pres. Bush Fishing in Hurricane

Fake


North Pole Sunset

Fake


Giant Grizzly Bear

Real


Wacky 'Drunk Building'

Real


Hand-Feeding Hummingbirds

Real


Strange Boat

Real


Monster Crocodile in the Congo

Real


Tourist Atop World Trade Center, 9/11/01

Fake


Cruel Shoes

Real


Amazingly Realistic Street Painting

Real


Indoor Ski Resort in Dubai

Real


Shark Attacks Helicopter

Fake


Sandstorm in Iraq

Real


Rare Amphibian Found in Malaysia

Fake


Alligator's Lunch

Real


Cash Seized in Drug Bust

Real


Japanese Fashion Craze

Fake


Carcass of Dead Mermaid

Fake


Space Nebula Resembles Human Eye

Real


Animal-Human Hybrid

Fake


MiG Jet Fighter Found Buried in Iraq

Real


Dead Frog Found in Can of Peas

Real


Public Toilet w/Glass

Real


Herman the Giant Bunny

Real


The Sundarbans Ghost

Fake


Live "Worm" in Patient's Eye

Real


Catfish Eats Rubber Ball

Real


Christmas at Arlington Cemetery

Real


Montana Forest Fire

Real


Mummified Fairy

Fake


Image: Mid-Air Plane Collision

Fake

Work Moose

Fake



Bed Reckoning
Claim:   Image shows dead woman who collects the souls of people who don't forward a chain e-mail message.

Fake
Origins:The sleeping person in the photo is not, as the e-mail would have it, a man but rather Thai actress Aranya Namwong. the picture came from a 2003 Thai horror film variously titled The Mother or The Unborn or Bangkok Haunted 2: The Unborn. The spooky image was used as the DVD artwork for the film.


Lifting Spirits
Claim:
  Security camera footage captures a ghost in a Singapore office building's elevator



Video shows why the effect was produced:



Another video shows how the effect was produced:






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COMMENTS ZOOM  
Nothing
by Rashida on 7th Sep, 2007
Wow!
 
pics
by neha on 23rd Sep, 2007
pretty cool pics
 
Amazing.
by angel smrithi on 6th Oct, 2007
Incredible differences..........
 
great
by oscarn on 27th Dec, 2007
woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow
 
good work
by eugene teslia on 11th Mar, 2008
those are very interesting subjects keep up the good work
 
Somethin'Else
by Ellen R Bodam on 21st Mar, 2008
Are you sure these are not all real?
 
First PIC - giant spiders found in Iraq
by Kat on 21st Mar, 2008
This is FAKE - these are wind scorpions, which are normally about 1/2 to 1 inch long... I know, I have them in my house sometimes.
 
Check this out!
by ExtremeVelocity on 27th Mar, 2008
I'm amazed !
 
WOW OUT RAGEOUS PICS
by cj on 2nd Apr, 2008
Out rageous cj
 
Master of deception
by Bobby Hogerheide on 2nd Apr, 2008
eeeegggguuuuggghhh--some gross stuff
 
Giant Grizzly
by Laura on 3rd Apr, 2008
this is "real" but the size is "wonky" due to camera's position in relation to the human... distorts the scale. This bear is big... dut not TY_REX big!
 
Giant Spiders found in Iraq
by Laura on 3rd Apr, 2008
Actually they are real... they may have "wind spider" cousins in other parts of the world, but these suckers really are that big and several I-vets have confirmed it.
 
Awosome
by by Lynn on 3rd April 2008 on 3rd Apr, 2008
keep sending more info.
 
Wow
by Hokulani on 3rd Apr, 2008
send more
 
All Pictures
by Elmer F Balderson on 4th Apr, 2008
This is Great. Now we have some Idea of whats real an whats not... thanks
 
all
by carlos on 4th Apr, 2008
They are all great pictures,hard to tell real from fake,I'm thinking about the toilet on the Bldg with glass walls ????.
 
AWESOME PICTURES
by Pee Wee on 4th Apr, 2008
these are awesome pictures. some i've seen b4.
 
World's Biggest Dog
by Susan on 4th Apr, 2008
The dog was actually real. The photo with the pony & people is fake but you can read about the dog on the web. He has since passed away.
 
wow
by bj on 5th Apr, 2008
w0w
 
who says the dog is real
by PJ on 8th Apr, 2008
To Susan..... who says the dog is real-
what website did you read that the dog is REAL? HE? has since died? Since when does a MALE have pups?
 
Interesting Pictures
by Lisa on 10th Apr, 2008
I've seen some of them before. Some were pretty cool, others were really weird. All in all I liked them.
 
spiders
by James on 11th Apr, 2008
Those spiders are large but not as they seem. They are merely a lot closer to the camera than the people. Same effect if you take a person picture in a recliner with their feet toward you and elevated, they blookm huge. JM
 
interestin photos
by brenda cross on 11th Apr, 2008
great job!!!
 
Wreaths
by Col on 14th Apr, 2008
Arlington doesn't put wreaths out on all the tomb stones at christmas, they only decorate with flags in and flag out on Memorial day .......
 
True
by Susan on 18th Apr, 2008
The first picture of the Spider is for real. In Iraq they call them Camel Spiders and they can jump up to 10 feet.
I have seen the carcass of one myself.
 
nice angel painting!
by esther maestas on 21st Apr, 2008
I like those kind of illusional paintings.
 
Wreaths at Arlington
by Elizabeth on 24th Apr, 2008
The wreaths are donated by the Worcester Wreath Company of Harrington, Maine each year. In fact, in 2007, they included several more veteran cemeteries across the company. The company trucks the wreaths to the various cemeteries and volunteers (Scouts, church groups, etc.) place the wreaths on the graves.
 
A picture is worth a 1000 words, seeing is believing?
by Merlen Lib on 29th Apr, 2008
Great pictures, thanks for sharing
 
Distorted Camel Spiders.
by Sharon Barker on 4th May, 2008
The following is from Camelspiders.net. Also go to Snopes. The entire camel spider storie/pictures while not faked are greatly exaggerated.
THE FACTS


Most of these claims are false or greatly exaggerated.

1. Camel spiders top speed - 10 mph.

2. Size: Up to 6 inches

3. They have no venom.

4. They don't jump.

5. Called camel spiders because they live in the desert.
 
Nice
by me on 7th May, 2008
really great pictures Good Job
 
The Worm
by Casey Jones on 8th May, 2008
The Worm In The Eye Was Nasty U should not have put that on there
 
Real / Fake?
by aje on 13th May, 2008
Good job, but how are these authenticated? How does anyone ever know what is real?

Admin's Note: Thanks for this Question...The details are given above, which will be useful for all!
 
Medicine Man
by Stephen Clancy on 18th May, 2008
Alligator photo, most likely fake
1. Shadow of man is UNDER the tail of the alligator
2. Sun shining on alligator tail, but no shadow from the alligators tail in evidence
3. Shadow of truck and shadow of man in two different perspectives.
4. Alligator tail apparently not touching the ground, why is it still curved upward
5. Alligator apparently suspended from a rope tied to a tooth of the crane bucket which is pointing downward, fairly unlikely that this is true.
Other reasons probably apparent, but I think this is enough to label this a fake
 
this is so cool
by kaitlyn on 3rd Jun, 2008
wow this is really cool esepecially the gators so thanks bye
 
Photo good
by mahanthi muralidhar (deaf) on 26th Jun, 2008
Photo good god
 
Giant spiders in Iraq desert
by Kat on 27th Jun, 2008
FAKE - these are common garden Wind Scorpions - magnified.... Google them and you will see - they are about 1/2-1 inch long in reality.... Not a spider at all, but a 6 legged insect with 2 feelers that look like legs. The run fast! LOL
 
hands of God/ghost
by Bobbie on 10th Jul, 2008
the photo of the hands of God is real! My son took the exact image when he was in Colorado and sent it to our cell phones!

the picture of the "ghost" next to the guy.....it's in a book that I read. Can't say if it is fake........it happens!
 
Music and songs
by Admin on 22nd Jul, 2008

 
Photo
by harisinh on 20th Mar, 2009
excellent
 
Cloud Formation Resembles 'Hands of God'
by Dorothy Perry on 16th Apr, 2009
ok…. In all honesty… I was there when that picture was taken. It was taken with a cell phone and I have one of the originals on my cell as well. My co-worker’s friend took it outside, near a hospital. My co-worker had gotten into a bad wreck and was thrown from the wind shield. She was one of the only survivors in that wreck (6 all together, only 3 survived. One of the girls killed was 3 months pregnant and her head had been cracked open). So don’t tell people that these type of pictures aren’t real… I know the story behind this picture. I know what happened before and after this picture was taken. That girl has a guardian angel looking after her. So, I suggest leaving well enough alone, although I’m not fond of when people go lying and say they did something or had something happen to them when it didn’t… That pisses me off…
 
Wow
by Luis on 7th Jun, 2009
some photos are hard to tell if they are trully Real since there is poor evidence like videos or National geographic reports or somethings else, but one of the pics I saw in other blog tht was Fake "human remains found inside cocrodile" but I was sure was Real, and you say it is, actually I got 4 pictures of the same thing I saved long ago

1 shows the cocrodile captured and death before opening it, other is the one you have, the other is a few workers taking out the remains, like a leg and arm, and the last one is a Nest of tons of snakes inside a pipe.
 
live
by jenita on 18th Jun, 2009
This I've never watched before any time
 
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