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2008-04-22 00:58:18
Hi Spocker - you, me, and everyone else here knows it hasn't been touched. That includes Philip who just doesn't have it in him to say OK, maybe I made a bad call on that one. It takes all sorts to make a world.
2008-04-21 20:39:49
Shopped or not. It's a nice picture.
2008-04-21 03:41:16
Hello again! If you're suggesting that the original photoshopping was slightly sloppy, should you not now amend that to compliment the person on their skills in removing all traces of the original shadow of the tree? Take an objective look at the big, almost vertical, furrow at the bottom assuming the light IS coming from 4-5 o'clock, opposite to your 10-11. On the right of the furrow is the shade and light on the left - as you'd expect.
2008-04-21 03:37:56
You sound like a moron.
2008-04-21 03:35:57
You are correct. Philip is a pseudo-intellectual know-nothing douche.
2008-04-21 00:19:51
Ha, very ha ha, Douchebag! I have news for you Douchebag, this site's webmaster curiously, and I do not know whether you type away in a daydream, but he or she, as the case may be, gave the opportunity for viewers to comment and indeed, to vote on pictures. Did you not know that? It may be one of the difficulties when dream-surfing!!! So, illustrious and benevolent Douchebag, perhaps you would like to set up your own pic-submissions website and make it impossible for 'anyone' to comment on any picture - unless they comply with your 'requirements,' like Stalin or George W. Terrorist Bush! Have a beautifully happy, prosperous and profitable day with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables to sit on.
2008-04-21 00:01:58
Phillip, your douchebaggyness never ceases to amaze.
2008-04-20 23:55:24
Judwig! The lighting most definitely comes from the top left as I mentioned earlier. For your benefit, I copied and enlarged the image to see whether I could prove myself wrong. But the answer is the same. To claim that the Sun was in the 5 to 6 0'clock position is ludicrous, as the shadows would be cast upwards in 6 O'clock or 11.30 O'clock if 5 O'clock. But the shadow of the tree is 'actually' in the '4 O'clock' position! Check it out with your watch! Also, there is an unnatural very dark horizontal smudge line to the right of the tree trunk, which appears to be a false mark. With the general light and shadow of the image, it should not be there. As for your resentment with my closing statement, that was directed at the person who did the Photoshop work, not you. So please continue wearing your shirt!
2008-04-20 23:33:23
I am sure there are those more skilled than I who could lay-in the tree shadow without disturbing the underlying furrows. I will contact the photographer, when possible, and ask him. Till then we will just disagree.
2008-04-20 23:22:11
I admire the authority and confidence in your statement, but if you use a screen magnifier you'll see that the sun is actually around the 4 or 5 o'clock position. For example, look at the small triangular shadow, just to the left of the base of the tree - it's at the same angle as the tree's shadow. The snow is not deep and what little there was on the tree probably got blown off by some later wind. Just the way I see it.
2008-04-20 23:21:17
Thank you for your comments - I heartily disagree. The deeper furrows on the bottom of the image - below the tree - show shadows on the left side of the image, where they would be if the sun was in the 5-6 o'clock position. In Photoshop at 1600 there is no evidence of tampering. I resent you ill-placed "better luck..." as if I am trying to deceive.
2008-04-20 21:56:20
The light and shadow positions in the snow indicate that both the tree and the feather-like shadow have been Photoshopped into position. The light is actually in the 10 or 11 O-clock position, and therefore the shadow would have been in the opposite direction. Also, with the depth of snow that appears on the fields, hedges and road, the tree should have quite a lot of snow on it, irrespective of the fact that it has no leaves. There would still be strong indicators of snow, but it has none. Better try next time!