Travel Photographer Asia (TPA) recently organized an exhibition titled “Best 50 Photographs of Asia” at Publika on May 27-29. There were many striking photographs on display, some capturing a moment of magic and others pedestrian at best. My favourite was the winning photograph of the whale shark, and another one of two men standing on poles for its striking simplicity.
Is this photograph a composite of two photos?
1) Compare the direction of sunlight and shadows on both halves of the frame and you find that the sun is at a slightly different angle.
2) Look at the feet of the people standing on the right half of the frame and how they fade into water instead of blocking it, like on the left half. To me, this clearly looks like bad Photo-shopping where you try to blend one layer onto another by fading the edges.
3) look at the far right of the frame. What exactly is going on here? This again looks like an attempt to blend two different layers together.
There was another Ganesha print that was very obviously dodged and burned to hell and back, but I didn’t take a picture of it. There was a statement at the entrance of the exhibit about how overly edited photographs were disqualified, so if it is really true that the photograph above is a composite, then the organizers owe it upon themselves and the public to address it.