21 August 2006

Pictures that lie

Here are some examples of manipulated images which throughout the years have been used for humour, political advantage or vanity.

For me, the funniest was Oprah's head on Ann-Margret's body!

Worth reading is this article on how software development is designing applications that can help to detect whether images have been manipulated. It reports that Reuters is already using it, although it didn't appear to have been used during the recent debacle!

Mise from Mothisge blog, chips in with this innovative software - Tourist Remover from Snapmania. I've got to try this!

10 comments:

Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

I don't need a software to know the Oprah picture is fake. The hips don't lie you know.. lol

Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

Perhaps it's okay occasionally for humour, but for vanity, well, that's not okay. Oprah - well, she still is obsessed a bit about her figureeee anyway.
A cameraman took a pic of some of us on Sunday for a newspaper and I did say to him to fix my teeth! But the pic hasn't got in yet anyway.
What is really bad is the manipulation of pictures for an agenda, or the wrong pictures. During one of the Fiji coups, I saw a picture of tanks driving down a street. Well, that was impossible in Suva!
W.

Jin said...

Great link..........so many pics that've been altered are political....now I wonder why that could be?? Did you ever see the film Wag the Dog?

How's the work situation going with J & did you find a new place to live yet?

nzm said...

SS: I think that you need to change your name to shaykhspeara shakira! lol

Wendy: a tank on the streets in Suva? That's hilarious! It would be a miracle if:
a) they had one
b) it was still working
c) they had the ammunition for it!

Jin: Yes - loved Wag the Dog. Work situation is messy, housing situation is messy - all is up in the air! But we'll pull it all together somehow! All will happen as it should.

halfmanhalfbeer said...

Nzm: how are you guys getting on? Still in Berlin? Grim news on home/work front, fingers crossed for you both.

HMHB

Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

lolllllllllllllllllll you're mad! But what a great idea! loll

nzm said...

hmhb: we're back in Dubai trying to sort everything out. We really want to stay in Dubai if we can, so that's our aim. But if we do have to move somewhere for a couple of years and then come back here, then we can plan for that too. Where there's a will there's a way, and we have 2 very strong wills! :-) Our goal is to have everything sorted before Xmas so that we can relax somewhere with some of our family - it's a nice goal to have!

Kishor Cariappa said...

Oprah wouldn't mind this!

Mise said...

'The hips don't lie you know' ... lol...Shaykhspeara ...

I don't know about manipulating images, but here's a great piece of software...

http://www.snapmania.com/info/en/trm/

nzm said...

mise: that software is too funny - I have to try it out one day! I have a few Japanese images that could do with that treatment!