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Something’s Not Quite Right in This Syrian Government Photo

Government officials have been caught in a number of Photoshop flubs recently, from the Egyptian president being edited to be walking at the head of a pack of world leaders to a badly Photoshopped photo of Chinese officials that went recently went viral. Now the Syrian government may be the latest culprit — the country just released an image of its president swearing in a newly appointed governor, and something doesn’t quite look right…

The Guardian’s imaging expert David McCoy believes two pictures have been merged to make it seem like the men are in the same room, with the one on the right positioned fractionally higher than the one on the left. This becomes clearer when you look closely at the floor, which is distorted. The right hand side of the picture has been stretched downwards into place to line up with the left side (which is not distorted). [#]

What’s your analysis? Is this this yet another government manipulated photo?

(via The Guardian)


 
  • http://www.davewilsonphotography.com Dave Wilson

    Hmmm… looks to me as if someone added the table but forgot to fix up the shadows. The lighting is very suspect!

  • Imlucid

    The window bottoms don’t line up either and the guy on the right seems to be lighted differently?

  • Jonathan

    The toe of right shoe of the man on the right is aactually in front of the table leg.  If it were not photoshopped the shoe would be behind the table leg.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jmerkens Joseph Merkens III

    The guy on the right, doesn’t have a shadow.  He’s floating on the rug. Also the perspective is off on the chairs on the right side too. There are a ton of other things, but it hurts too much to look at this image.

  • http://twitter.com/moonsspoon moonsspoon

    photoshopped

  • http://www.facebook.com/happytinfoilcat HappyTinfoil Cat

    Not only are the shadows both in front of the two figures, the shadow lines do not converge at the point where the massive on-camera flash was located. The most amusing thing to me is pretending the photo is real and the guy on the right is an actual pinhead.

  • mmb

    And the guy on the right has an amazingly small head.

  • http://twitter.com/drewchurch Drew Church

    This is an obvious photoshop job and a very poor one at that.

  • http://twitter.com/ScottGroller Scott Groller

    My official analysis is that the shooter did not have a wide enough lens. The men were there, two photos were made, and the distortion is caused by a bad splice along the center of the image.

    The unnatural use of on-camera flash does not help.

  • Killian

    Yeesh.  Not only is it ‘shopped, but it’s an abysmal job of it.  Why do they think that images like this are actually going to fool people?

  • Dave Turley64

    You can see the grey of a bad selection under the foot of the guy on the right who is indeed floating

  • Morsere

    where are the table legs and what is with the shadow under the table?

  • Akshay Vijayakar

    The shoe of the person on the right, the shadow of the table, the lighting of the people which doesn’t match the lighting of the surroundings…..the picture doesn’t seem real.

  • http://twitter.com/dshailen ShailendraDharmistan

    Forget distortion of the floor. The man on the right has his right leg shoes on the table’s leg! Can you beat that?

  • MM

    This photo is not reality… which, to them, kind of doesn’t matter because they think that if they **tell** you it is real, that is all that matters.

    Yeah, lights and shadows are all wrong.  And shouldn’t the guy on the left have at least some reflection in that highly polished floor?

  • MM

    This photo is not reality… which, to them, kind of doesn’t matter because they think that if they **tell** you it is real, that is all that matters.

    Yeah, lights and shadows are all wrong.  And shouldn’t the guy on the left have at least some reflection in that highly polished floor?

  • MM

    This photo is not reality… which, to them, kind of doesn’t matter because they think that if they **tell** you it is real, that is all that matters.

    Yeah, lights and shadows are all wrong.  And shouldn’t the guy on the left have at least some reflection in that highly polished floor?

  • MM

    This photo is not reality… which, to them, kind of doesn’t matter because they think that if they **tell** you it is real, that is all that matters.

    Yeah, lights and shadows are all wrong.  And shouldn’t the guy on the left have at least some reflection in that highly polished floor?

  • http://www.facebook.com/neal.katz Neal Katz

    With regard to a reflection for the man on the left, it could very easily be there but he’s wearing black shoes and a very dark suit and standing very close to the bottom of the frame. Doesn’t change the fact that there’s a lot of other suspect elements in the picture. I’m just sayin’.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Grant-Dixon/1140596913 Grant Dixon

    Using a straight edge you will see that the top of the chairs line up and the bottom don’t.  This is either a bad Photoshop job or taken in a parallel universe.

  • Travis

    http://www.errorlevelanalysis.com/permalink/f7d40fb/

    I’m leaning with… yes

    The lightning doesn’t even really match, unless the photographer used a really wide flash and cropped it so he wasn’t in the middle of the photograph. 

    They both look shopped, the one on the right for sure, but they both look like they had drop shadows added to them using blend mode.

  • Travis

    http://www.errorlevelanalysis.com/permalink/f7d40fb/

    I’m leaning with… yes

    The lightning doesn’t even really match, unless the photographer used a really wide flash and cropped it so he wasn’t in the middle of the photograph. 

    They both look shopped, the one on the right for sure, but they both look like they had drop shadows added to them using blend mode.

  • Dave Zander

    And I’m going to say NO! think back to the days when you were learning to use a camera with fill flash. I can see this photo happening from: a pop up flash with auto metering on the camera and the flash cranked up two stops, into a bright sunny room with back lit subjects then this is about exactly what you would expect. Try it! You get over exposed people harsh shadows on all the objects in the room, exactly what is shown above.

  • Dave Zander

    And I’m going to say NO! think back to the days when you were learning to use a camera with fill flash. I can see this photo happening from: a pop up flash with auto metering on the camera and the flash cranked up two stops, into a bright sunny room with back lit subjects then this is about exactly what you would expect. Try it! You get over exposed people harsh shadows on all the objects in the room, exactly what is shown above.

  • http://twitter.com/JackCallum Jack Kennedy

    Interesting interior design ;-)

  • http://twitter.com/Samcornwell Sam Cornwell

    I’m not entirely sure that this is shopped. I think that perhaps the flash on the camera has created a strange illusion. The shadows from the flash seem consistent behind both people.

  • Jason

    A fullpower on-camera flash added to the fact of the guy on the right is standing in front of the window gives this effect.  They both have a strong shadow caused by the flash.  
    The “Stretching of the carpet is because the lens is probably a 10-20mm or something.  Surely you realise a Ultra Wide lens gives that distortion in camera. Thats basic photography.
    Whereas the shoe”ïn front” of the table leg??? Are you seeing things?  Again the on camera flash has caused a hard shadow to merge his parts of the image.
    My verdict is it i not photoshopped, just a shit photographer using big equipment.

  • http://twitter.com/urixx Yury Golubinsky

    look at the shadows!

  • Anonymous

    Probably doesn’t help how horrendously awkward the photo is.

  • Jo

    What kind of iPad stand is that on the table?? WTB!

  • Inairfim

    all im saying is look at the shadow under the table. clearly it wouldnt yield the same result on marble as it would on the carpet, but in this photo, the shadow does. two different textures…same shadow…c’mon man

  • Junior

    Forget it being Photoshopped, it’s just an awkward photo! Looks like some odd creepy stare-down.

  • Sarah

    They’re not even looking at each other

  • ThisIsFake

    ummm. the shoe in front of the table leg… is this really in doubt!?

  • Spooner

    I see spherical distortion from a wide lens, I see heavy, hard-edged shadows from a fairly beefy on-camera flash directly above the lens axis, I see a tall guy with a small head (it happens), I see subjects with too much fill-flash, I see edge artifacts from JPEG compression. But I don’t see Photoshop work. Sorry, I’ve been doing this a long time and it’s not there. Maybe give this to one of those forensics guys and he’ll say I’m wrong, but there are laws of physics that say all this is normal. Not a nice photo, but that’s not the point being discussed, is it?