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12/01/2007 02:57:19 PM · #1
I was recently watching a YouTube video on how easy it is to fake UFO pics, and that got me to thinking what a great topic this would be for DPChallenge. UFO photos can certainly be one of the more controversial topics in pop culture.

For this challenge, "UFO" would be taken to be "an Unidentified craft, apparently of extraterrestrial origin". I could see this being a a double-challenge:

UFO - Minimal Editing: this would be a tribute to UFO photos of days gone by (e.g., 1950's). Use fishing line, throw a hubcap, whatever you have to do to photograph a craft, like they did it before the digital era. Re-creations from "classic" UFO lore welcome.

UFO - Expert Editing: this would be a no holds barred digital manipulation challenge, where one could use every digital trick available in 2007 to create a believable UFO picture.

Extra rule- Photos of REAL extra-terrestrial spacecraft are allowed in either challenge, as long as all other rules are followed.

If you're unfamiliar with what's "out there", take a look at this page.

01/19/2008 08:00:02 AM · #2
I'm gonna second this idea.

BTW, did anyone watch Larry King last night? Apparently, a few dozen people in Stephenville, TX saw a mile long 'object' flying thru the sky. Here's the NPR link.
01/19/2008 08:10:56 AM · #3
I'm not saying whether it is faked or real - but I've always had my suspicions about this picture

01/19/2008 08:15:44 AM · #4
I wonder what the real closer horse is thinking? Maybe he's saddened by his impending doom or maybe he's thinking 'what is this guy doing in my field?'.
01/19/2008 08:40:49 AM · #5
this could be fun!
01/19/2008 08:41:32 AM · #6
Originally posted by shadowdoc31:

I was recently watching a YouTube video on how easy it is to fake UFO pics, and that got me to thinking what a great topic this would be for DPChallenge. UFO photos can certainly be one of the more controversial topics in pop culture.

For this challenge, "UFO" would be taken to be "an Unidentified craft, apparently of extraterrestrial origin". I could see this being a a double-challenge:

UFO - Minimal Editing: this would be a tribute to UFO photos of days gone by (e.g., 1950's). Use fishing line, throw a hubcap, whatever you have to do to photograph a craft, like they did it before the digital era. Re-creations from "classic" UFO lore welcome.

UFO - Expert Editing: this would be a no holds barred digital manipulation challenge, where one could use every digital trick available in 2007 to create a believable UFO picture.

Extra rule- Photos of REAL extra-terrestrial spacecraft are allowed in either challenge, as long as all other rules are followed.

If you're unfamiliar with what's "out there", take a look at this page.


What I find amusing is the similar quality of photos between the 1920ís and 2007, with the only exception being the cleverly built RC model.
01/19/2008 10:19:46 AM · #7
This is a really cool idea, I like.
01/19/2008 10:22:52 AM · #8
Originally posted by shadowdoc31:



For this challenge, "UFO" would be taken to be "an Unidentified craft, apparently of extraterrestrial origin". I could see this being a a double-challenge:



But if it is an Unidentified Craft, apparently of extraterrestrial origin, would that be UCAoETO instead of UFO?

;P
01/19/2008 10:27:54 AM · #9
Great idea. I'd personally prefer it as a Basic or Advanced challenge (not a fan of Expert). In a similar vein - ghosts (just like your suggestion re UFO fakes, don't you remember all the ghostly fakes? Might also be easier with long exposures)

N
02/25/2008 01:31:19 PM · #10
Originally posted by Redneck:

Originally posted by shadowdoc31:

I was recently watching a YouTube video on how easy it is to fake UFO pics, and that got me to thinking what a great topic this would be for DPChallenge. UFO photos can certainly be one of the more controversial topics in pop culture.

For this challenge, "UFO" would be taken to be "an Unidentified craft, apparently of extraterrestrial origin". I could see this being a a double-challenge:

UFO - Minimal Editing: this would be a tribute to UFO photos of days gone by (e.g., 1950's). Use fishing line, throw a hubcap, whatever you have to do to photograph a craft, like they did it before the digital era. Re-creations from "classic" UFO lore welcome.

UFO - Expert Editing: this would be a no holds barred digital manipulation challenge, where one could use every digital trick available in 2007 to create a believable UFO picture.

Extra rule- Photos of REAL extra-terrestrial spacecraft are allowed in either challenge, as long as all other rules are followed.

If you're unfamiliar with what's "out there", take a look at this page.


What I find amusing is the similar quality of photos between the 1920ís and 2007, with the only exception being the cleverly built RC model.


Redneck-- I had this same observation... i.e., considering the HUGE advances in imaging
(particularly consumer/point-'n-shoot cams) since the 1940's, one would think that even
if there were only one "legit" UFO pic per year, there would be a continuous stream of
image quality improvement. However, most "UFO pics" taken in the 2000's bear a marked
resemblance to those grainy images from 1947... even the outright fakes, generally speaking,
aren't getting any better!

P.S.--nice to see some activity in this thread, hadn't checked in a few weeks... so
who knows, maybe we'll see it... ;-)
02/25/2008 01:36:39 PM · #11
YEAH... I am for it. I have seen many UFS's lately, usually they come after my 5th can of BUD... I don't know how they managed to land on my nose, but I keep them away so far... even though broke my nose a few times. I want to take their pictures and prove it to you... I am not sure if I can find the shutter release on my camera, or my camera all together... but I will try my best. I might be 5th or 6th large; I probably should use a second shooter... Drinks on me :P
02/25/2008 01:42:24 PM · #12
Originally posted by Quasimojo:

Great idea. I'd personally prefer it as a Basic or Advanced challenge (not a fan of Expert). In a similar vein - ghosts (just like your suggestion re UFO fakes, don't you remember all the ghostly fakes? Might also be easier with long exposures)

N


If some think "UFO" is too narrow a topic, then something
like "The Unexplained" would be another way to approach
this... with the realization that pretty much whatever one
submits (UFOs, ghosts, big foot, crop circles, ESP, Elvis, etc.)
will be "faked" in some way. Still, might be interesting to
see what the forum could come up with from back issues of
The Star or Enquirer...
02/25/2008 01:46:03 PM · #13
So does this mean that if your spaceship can be identified as a used pie tin its DNMC? :>P

Great idea. Let's do it. I was just watching an old episode of Naked Science with my daughter this weekend that had a segment showing people doing this.
02/25/2008 01:50:50 PM · #14
Los Angeles Air Raid of 1942: Wartime Jitters or UFOs?

A CBS radio clip from 1942 LA UFO shooting :P
02/25/2008 06:20:26 PM · #15
I dunno Jed, that looks pretty darn real to me!
02/25/2008 07:16:21 PM · #16
Jed thats gotta be real.... what was your camera setting too get such a good clear shot of that UFO :-)

lol...
02/25/2008 07:56:36 PM · #17
orbs... just ask Rose
03/20/2008 10:02:45 PM · #18
Here's an interesting "primer" on how to fake UFO
photos... although this guy's using film...

//www.csicop.org/si/2003-09/faking-ufo-photos.html
03/20/2008 10:59:55 PM · #19
I read on CNN that the flying saucer house on Signal Mt. outside of Chattanooga, Tenn. is for sale. I use to drive past that house a lot in the 80's. You don't even have to be at the right angle... it fits the UFO mode perfectly. :D

Mike
03/21/2008 01:49:16 AM · #20
I saw several UFOs recently. Luckily I had my camera with me.

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03/21/2008 03:25:35 AM · #21
Originally posted by Dr.Confuser:

I saw several UFOs recently. Luckily I had my camera with me.
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You shoulda seen them at night!
04/09/2008 02:16:14 PM · #22
Woo-Hoo!! Somebody's listening... guess
I better enter this one... LOL...
04/14/2008 03:18:19 PM · #23
A photo of a UFO I captured a couple years back...

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