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Friday, October 12, 2012

Images You Won't Believe Aren't Photoshopped

Breathtaking Stockholm underground arts

This looks like a bank of escalators seconds before they were buried under a lava flow, but it's actually one of about a hundred decorated subway stations under Stockholm, Sweden, where the natural bedrock ceiling has been painted. Each station has its own design, earning them the title of world's longest art gallery.

If you're wondering how in the world they dig out those perfect lanes, it takes a backhoe, a giant snow blower and patience. Here's a video:  

This makes me dizzy now matter how long I look at it.

This one is located in Paris, and creating the illusion is actually way harder than what you think -- the patch of grass isn't level at all.

What we love about this sort of thing is that to anyone standing in any other spot, it's not at all clear why this weird grid appears in the middle of the city square. Then you stand at the end and your head spins trying to make sense of it.
Probably doesn't seem worth it to the guy who has to mow that shit.

Alright, nature is screwing with me now.

Oh, bullshit. Are we supposed to believe a bunch of flamingos all got together and stood in the shape of a flamingo?
Yes, unless you think National Geographic isn't above just screwing with me for web traffic. Though we guess it's possible that photographer Robert Haas and his team waded out into the water and carefully taped a bunch of flamingos together while a helicopter circled above, radioing down instructions. Or maybe he's the Beastmaster.

If Barry Bonds Juices in the Pros, I Should Be Able to in T-Ball

  This ripped, Taylor Hanson lookalike is a 16-year-old Ukrainian named Richard Sandrak. While at 16 most of us were happy enough with our newfound ability to grow a peach fuzz mustache, this kid has a six pack that makes most professional athletes look flabby. We're guessing the difference in skin tone between body and face is due to the liberal application of body oil.


When Pavement Splits Like a Ribbon



No joking here, this perfectly split road is the aftermath of the massive earthquake in Japan earlier this year. The way the highway split exactly along the orange line is what makes most people call bullshit, but it's even weirder than that -- check out the perfectly straight break along the horizontal in the foreground. The newspapers that ran the photo offered no explanation as to why it's possible for it to so cleanly split like that, so we'll go with the numerous Internet commenters' explanation that since roads are constructed and repaved one lane at a time, it creates a natural seam there. Sure, why not?


And I Bet Those Bastards Didn't Cancel School

This looks like some comical magazine advertisement for all-weather tires, in some magical land where the snow gets to be three times as high as a house.
But, no, for the third straight entry we are in Japan, where the laws of physics do not apply. Specifically, it's Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, where they receive up to 20 meters of snow a year.

If you're wondering how in the world they dig out those perfect lanes, it takes a backhoe, a giant snow blower and patience. Here's a video:

Harry Potter and the Curse of Hedwig's Ghost


This spectral owl is reported to be an actual imprint left by a tawny owl that crashed into the glass window of an Englishwoman's home. Judging by the picture, it seems that owls must take a little roll around in a pile of cocaine before taking flight. Which would also explain their inability to avoid crashing directly into a house.
If you think the woman just painted that onto her window with flour or something in order to fool the news cameras, you'll find that those kinds of white bird imprints are fairly common.

 The white stuff is not in fact cocaine, but powder down, little bits of down feathers that many birds have piled up on their skin.

God, Bored at a Meeting, With a Box of Highlighters



What looks like the work of an extremely unimaginative child and some Magic Markers are actually tulips, which are grown in Holland every spring and sold all over the world.
On one hand, it makes for a cool aerial photo. On the other, it says something about mankind that we take the world's glorious, colorful beauty and immediately go about mass producing it in boring, perfect rows of clockwork efficiency.

If It's Not Photoshop, It's a Van Gogh

National Geographic

This shot doesn't look so much like a Photoshop as it does a painting. It generated so much buzz that National Geographic actually had to track down photographer Frans Lanting in Africa to explain what's going on in his photo for the people calling bullshit.
Basically what you're seeing behind the trees isn't the sky, it's a sand dune (the white blotches are patches of white grass). The colors look off because the photo was taken at dawn, so the orange dune itself was bathed in light, while the foreground was still in shadow (that's why the white clay of the foreground winds up looking blue, and the trees look like terrifying silhouettes).


 The Mountain Range With the Dragon Tattoo

Virtually every aspect of this shot looks to be faked, from the reflections in the water to the variation in lighting across the countryside. Alas, it's just a well framed photo of an actual lake in Portugal.



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