posted on Jul, 28 2015 @ 02:14 AM
Hey ATS, I don't often post, though I've been visiting for nearly a decade. When I do it is many times to look to the diverse ATS community for
their open, yet critical minds. Anyway, yesterday at band practice the guitarist/vocalist, a friend of mine, gave me a couple photographs that he had
mentioned last week. He had gotten them from his fiance, who got them from a coworker. She works with a small number of other staff, so it is someone
she knows fairly well. The coworker said that her daughter had lost her cat, and upon finding it, had taken a picture. He also mentioned something
about them having several mysterious housefires and the picture was taken near where an old home had burned down.
The following is supposedly a zoomed in version of the original, as well as a zoomed in version of that. I say supposedly because the final image
doesn't appear degraded enough to have been zoomed in that much. He is trying to get the original he says, but he is pretty superstitious and was
scared to even give me the ones I have. My girlfriend (who is far less skeptical than me usually) and I are nearly convinced that it is a fake of some
sort, whether intentional by the coworker or not. The quality is too good to be true, the angle of the photo seems nonsensical, and it looks like some
generic Horror character. I initially thought it was staged with a live-action person in the background, but it seems like the timing to get it so the
tail wasn't in the way would be a bit difficult. I also thought that maybe the lighting and shading, especially in the hair, would be too difficult
to produce with photoshop. However, my girlfriend convinced me otherwise and really digital fakery seems most likely. Maybe it is a real anomaly,some
kind of apparition or what have you, and maybe there is something we are missing...maybe it's a photo ripped from the net and cloned in seemlessly.
I thought I would turn to all of you and see if maybe there are some photo-analysis folks or really anyone who can elucidate on the authenticity
of this photo. What do you think ATS; is it real, fake, and how do you defend that position?