Half a century ago, Belgian Zoologist Bernard Heuvelmans first codified cryptozoology in his book On the Track of Unknown Animals.

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Sunday, June 26, 2011

LINDSAY SELBY: How easy is it to fake something?

After all this talk about fake stuff to do with bigfoot,I am not going to go into the debate about the face print, footprints etc, I decided to see how easy it is to fake a photo. I took a photo I had taken at Loch Ness in 2000 and added a couple of humps. I have deliberately posted the photo so you can see it has been scanned in so no one tries to use it.

By sticking the humps on a shadow in the water that was already in the photo,I was amazed how real it could have looked if scanned again and especially if turned into black and white. So It is that easy. But the question still remains -why would anyone deliberately mislead people by doing that? To a genuine researcher, this sort of fraud is just beyond comprehension , and means it makes the cryptid a joke, so that very few scientists will get involved in any attempt at serious study.

Modern technology makes it too easy, even a know nothing about photography like myself, can do it.


Anonymous said...

My comment for some decades now has been that still photography has reached the point where you can convincingly fake just about anything and for that reason, photographs no longer provide satisfactory proof of anything anymore.

I was also just corresponding this morning over the Rines underwater photos taken at Loch Ness in the 1970s: I said that before anybody had tried it, most people seemed to think all you needed to do was to stick a camera in the water and take photos of the Loch Ness Monster: but when the results came out they were so bad that nobody ever tried to do it that way over again. Once was enough.

It is actually much easier to fake photos than to go to all the bother of trying for the real ones any more.

Best Wishes, Dale D.

Kwin the Eskimo said...

Thank you for this post and the exquisite nature of the reporting on this blog. I long ago abandoned a "popular" cryptozoology blog because it turned into a sensational, tabloidesque mess that spent more time promoting bad crypto TV than reporting legit stories. Thank all that is good that "Still on the Track" exists as a beacon in these stormy cryptid seas. Best regards.