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Talking About Pterosaurs... [Sep. 16th, 2011|03:59 pm]
Tony Grist
There are several photographs going the rounds showing characters from the Old West strutting their stuff with a dead one. This is the latest to appear.  It featured last month on Loren Colman's Cryptomundo site.  It's provenance is unknown.

I'm no expert on photo-fakery, but those guys look authentically 1900ish to me- as does the style of the image. The beast is believable- and seems to be in the early stages of decomposition (so not recently shot).

But there's something weird going on with the background.To the right we have what looks like a barn door. To the left there's a surface with rungs embedded in it that might be concrete or plaster were it not for the waviness of the bottom edge. And where exactly does the barn door end and the other surface begin? Then there are the slanting features behind the legs of the guys to the left. One commentator suggests they're disembodied deer's feet- and proof that what we've got here is a picture of a boring old hunting party that has been whizzed about in the computer. 

So almost certainly a fake... yes?

[User Picture]From: wolfshift
2011-09-17 02:11 pm (UTC)
I'd think we hardly need to pick apart the image itself to know it's a fake. If we do, though, I'd simply point out that the pterosaur casts no shadow.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-09-17 04:19 pm (UTC)
Ah, but neither do the men. I think that might be explained by the use of a flash gun.
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[User Picture]From: wolfshift
2011-09-17 10:21 pm (UTC)
Yes they do; pretty distinct shadows from the 3 men on the right, and the wooden structure from which the beast is supposedly suspended.

On the other side of the photo, the shadows are much smaller, suggesting that the enigmatic white backdrop is much closer to them.
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