Gilding lilies with PhotoShop – Mount Fuji and cloud version


Take a photo of amazing stuff:

Lenticular cloud over Mt. Fuji, 2003 (?)

Lenticular cloud over Mt. Fuji, 2003 (?)

Then mess it up with PhotoShop:

Photoshopped version of a 2003 photo of Mt. Fuji

Photoshopped version of a 2003 photo of Mt. Fuji

Why?  It’s the old question of why do we need fairies in the garden — isn’t the garden itself enough?

Phil Plait at Bad Astronomy called attention to other fantastic lenticular clouds near Mt. Fuji — are those fantastic formations not enough?

Did the PhotoShopper add anything of value to the picture?  Of what use is a gilded lily?

(Please help — the original photo is identified as an award winner in 2003 — do you know the original photographer?  We should give credit appropriately; I’ve not found the person’s name, yet.)

More:

English: This is the final slide to Phil's pre...

Final slide to Phil’s presentation at the JREF’s TAM6 The Amazing Meeting convention. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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8 Responses to Gilding lilies with PhotoShop – Mount Fuji and cloud version

  1. Laura says:

    Yes, you are right, it’s Mt. Fuji. Look at this pic http://onehundredmountains.blogspot.mx/2011/05/meizan-from-outer-space.html

    The first pic is real by unknown author but the second one is a fake (photoshopped).

    This beautiful pic is real http://science.nationalgeographic.com/staticfiles/NGS/Shared/StaticFiles/Science/Images/Content/lenticular-clouds-agr1n8-sw.jpg

    Thanks!

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  2. Ed Darrell says:

    No, that’s not Mt. Ararat. It’s definitely Mt. Fuji. There’s no ocean near Ararat.

    They are both extinct volcanoes, but the photo in my post is definitely Fuji.

    See Ararat here:
    Mt. Ararat, from Padfield.com

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  3. Ed Darrell says:

    Thanks, Laura!

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  4. Laura says:

    Maybe
    Photo taken by Mark J. Madigan – Walsenburg, Colorado – May 20, 2003 http://www.crystalinks.com/lenticular.html

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  5. Laura says:

    Maybe: Photo taken by Mark J. Madigan – Walsenburg, Colorado – May 20, 2003 http://www.crystalinks.com/lenticular.html

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  6. Ed Darrell says:

    Good to know — when I went searching for the original, it took considerably longer than 30 seconds. If you found it faster, perhaps this post is having some of its intended effect.

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  7. Matthew Kaney says:

    I saw the doctored picture shared on Facebook and thought it looked a little too amazing. Thirty seconds of Google images yielded the original pic above and then, bored as I was, I decided to see if anyone else caught this and was as annoyed as I was. Why lie about something you don’t have to? Ironically the Faceboook account that had posted it originally was called “Truth Beckons.”

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