I'd like to ask ATS staff if they've had any feedback from the person who took the original photograph. Has she (or the people with her) had a chance
to review any of this thread and could she/they offer any more information based on what has been discussed?
From my point of view, I think this will go into the archives as an unsolved case. No hoax, no proof.
I've been impressed at the imput of some of our finer members who have offered so many possibilities and opinions, I'm frustrated we can't do more,
but still glad we have had the chance to do what we do best....rip something apart down to it's every detail.
The last few pages have had some inevitable bad posting and it's good to see our mods doing a fine job. It's also a real treat to see some interaction
from the owners and top ATS crew. Very refreshing, informative and entertainig at the same time.
The friend I approached for some analysis of the EXIF data finally got back to me today and guess what? She can find nothing about the data that
points to tampering. No real surprise.
She did make one interesting suggestion in a casual discussion though and it may or may not open up a whole new can of worms. Bear in mind, she is not
a photographer but a CGI programmer.....
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What if...the photo in question, and all other photos from the same date were actually photos of photos?
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A professional photographer snaps a bunch of shots while on holiday and looks at one that sets a scene for what we have been lead to believe is a UFO,
where in fact, all those original shots are PRINTED (possibly enlarged), one is ALTERED, then the whole lot are shot again under professional studio
conditions with the original camera. NO flash and high quality lighting of the right kind.
To make things more authentic, they add just enough detail to make 'it' look like something in the air that is shiny and other-worldly but not enough
to make it look overdone.
The EXIF data would be genuine and untampered, but the image concerned is a hoax.
I did ask for conformation about the time/day/date setting on the camera way back in this thread but the idea of this kind of hoax only came to light
when my friend mentioned photographing photos.
Possible? Or just an interesting idea but not possible?
EDIT TO ADD: As someone who has lost original data to some of my own artwork, a friend offered to photograph copies of some pieces I had done about 3
years ago that were given as gifts to friends so I at least still had reference for my portfolio. We never got round to it but I kick myself for not
considering this more at an earlier stage in this thread.
Maybe this kind of scenario planted the seed for what we are now looking at. Standing with a camera, looking at a photograph and thinking.....what
edit on 11/10/2012 by nerbot because: (no reason given)