posted on Sep, 21 2013 @ 09:40 PM
This is a great thread and I love urban decay and exploration.
While I believe that there are truly things we do not understand about reality, I feel that the OP picture is not anything but an example of shoopery,
albeit clever shoopery. I make no representations regarding who did or didn`t do anything; I only provide evidence.
I ran some filters and level adjustment in a variety of combinations in Photo Shop. I do have my own method to doing this, but nothing has been added
to any of the images that was not present in the OP except for highlighting of any relevant anomalies. I feel the last picture clearly shows edges
that are not congruent with the rest of the image.
However, I will let readers decide what these filters represent.
Firstly, level adjustment, posterize and sharpen to detect colours that do not match the surrounding image comes up negative, with the hues of the
figure matching reflection of debris top center. Filter reveals nothing to suggest fakery.
Next, plaster filter to detect in-congruent brightness and other contrast related anomalies. Overlay low opacity of OP picture to line up figure with
result. There is an anomalous increase in brightness that matches the figure`s forehead but not the rest of the figure`s body. This suggests to me the
use of burn and dodge tool for blending. Highlighted result.
Following is a regular emboss to detect pixel density changes and edges. Pixel density of the figure seems higher than the reflection of the debris
top center, suggesting the figure may have been introduced on a separate layer with opacity changes.
Finally, accented edges detects false edges that are congruent with the height of the figure and lines up with it`s expected edges if added as a
tertiary layer to an original image. Highlighted unexpected long runs of straight pixels in the filter that represent edges.
My opinion, though not expert by any means is that the image was cleverly but definitively shooped.
Nice to hear from someone else in North Ontario though.