Photo Manipulation

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on August 29th, 2006

Today, the Beaumont Enterprise is reporting on an email hoax started here in my home state.

It involves a photo of a shark that was manipulated to make the shark appeak much larger than in reality.

Faked Shark Photos

Photos by Steven Beard
Steven Beard, 56, of Port Neches, shot several photos, seen above, of a five foot black-tipped shark on July 16, 2006, and later combined parts of photos A and B, above, to come up with a faked photo, C, which he emailed to a relative who then emailed it to six other people. Eventually the faked photo circulated world-wide on the internet.

About Craig Woolheater
Co-founder of Cryptomundo in 2005. I have appeared in or contributed to the following TV programs, documentaries and films: OLN's Mysterious Encounters: "Caddo Critter", Southern Fried Bigfoot, Travel Channel's Weird Travels: "Bigfoot", History Channel's MonsterQuest: "Swamp Stalker", The Wild Man of the Navidad, Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America: Texas Terror - Lake Worth Monster, Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot: Return to Boggy Creek and Beast of the Bayou.

15 Responses to “Photo Manipulation”

  1. Ouroborus Jay responds:

    Man. That’s an awful manipulation.

  2. Delawhere responds:

    I think Ed Wood could have made a more believable manipulation using nothing but fishing line and pipe cleaners.

  3. Sunny responds:

    And somebody bought off on this?

  4. twblack responds:

    Well seems like we can not get through a day or 2 without a hoax anymore.

  5. mystery_man responds:

    That looks so fake, they might as well have just turned it into a plesiosaur. Probably would have looked more real!

  6. oldbutnotstupid responds:

    People who do this sort of fakery should get a life.

    Enough with the hoax’s already.

    It’s getting boring.

  7. mystery_man responds:

    So true. It seems like everyday there is a new hoax making the rounds. It is exhausting and it just takes so much energy and time away from the research of actual legitimate evidence.

  8. longrifle48 responds:

    When you’re swimming in sunny florida waters and one of those lil buggers swims past you, any sized shark will look that big! brudda

  9. LordofShades responds:

    Grrrrr! I hate hoaxers! It is my sincere hope that one day all hoaxers will simultaneously win a trip to Scotland and get eaten by Nessie, lol.

  10. Tobar responds:

    Wow, that’s horribly done.

  11. shumway10973 responds:

    the very least they should have done is blew up the same shark as the background, and maybe pulled it down to look closer to the camera. Unless one wants to play with shadows and reflections, one should always keep the same objects in the picture.

  12. Jeremy_Wells responds:

    I don’t think I’d label this as “hoax” so much as someone having fun playing with the software that came with their new digital camera and a gullible, forward-happy recipient.

  13. mystery_man responds:

    It probably started out pretty harmless, but unfortunately these things tend to spin out of control. Before you know it, it gets splattered all over the net, people don’t realize it was a joke, rumors start, it gets accepted as real by some people, and then even when it is proven to be a hoax, you’ll still have people insisting it’s real.

  14. mystery_man responds:

    Case in point, those “camel spider” photos. Not only did it freak everybody out, but it put into everybody’s head a whole slew of false, sometimes ludicrous misinformation about this creature.

  15. Brian05404 responds:

    When looking at the image closely to determine if they’re hoaxers or not. You have to look at the people look at their shadows if it sunny or day light, then examine the creature and see if the shadow approach the same direction as people are. I mean look at the image “C”, no shadow is coming forward from the shark but the people has shadow that come foward.

    Also how are the people faces dark and the shark so clear? TOTAL FAKE!

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