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Group Calling For The End Of 'Fake' Nature Photography

According to a group created on a popular social network, fake nature photos are trending and they want to put a stop to it.

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'Truths Behind Fake Nature Photography' is a Facebook community group that's not only gaining likes, they're also a group that's gaining quite a bit of coverage across the internet. Why? Well, they're a group of photographers who've joined forces to campaign against fake nature photos and they're not mincing their words about it either with headlines such as: "Say No to staged photos with bull**** stories!" grabbing people's attention. 

In the group's 'about' section it says: "Nature photography is an art of observation and documentation of nature around us. However, fake nature photos are trending and we stand firmly against it." and one such photo that they say fits the 'bull**** or natural' category is one of a frog 'riding' a beetle (shown above) which has appeared all over the internet over the last month or so. 

"Say No to staged photos with bull**** stories!" - Truths Behind Fake Nature Photography

In a feature published on the group's wall a couple of days ago, the author said: "Reactions to the series of photos have been split between blind praise, and outrage over the authenticity of the photo-story and welfare of the subjects. So, did this scene really occur naturally as claimed? We don't think so..."

The piece, which you can read here, was constructed with the help of an herpetologists and goes on to explain why they think the image was staged. Reasons include the frog in question actually being nocturnal, its wide mouth expression showing it's actually in distress and the positioning of its hand. 

It's not the first 'staged nature photo' that's done the rounds on the internet with the article touching on an image that made the shortlist of the Sony Photography Awards 2014. Commenting on the shortlisted entry, the author says: "Sony Photography Awards 2014 shortlisted a similar and highly dubious entry from Europe. How a supposedly prestigious photography award by a well-known brand shortlisted such an entry in the "Nature and Wildlife" category is inconceivable. However, at least this was clarified to be shot in a controlled environment during a workshop."

The group hope that the article will 'discourage such genres of fake nature photography' and they welcome others to share the post in hope the public can be further educated on the ethics involved with this type of photography. 

'Truths Behind Fake Nature Photography' finish by saying: "Nature is already intriguing and beautiful on its own, that staging such unnatural scenes is an insult to mother nature herself." Do you share the same thought? Comments welcomed below. 

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12 Mar 2015 2:08AM
And not before time. Such a move is long overdue. I always remember when I was a wee tacker, back in the 20th century, what was considered an absolute truism, often quoted by my elders, " The camera never lies."
Well, maybe we have moved on in this century and have reached the point where the camera, thanks to some self indulgent pp=ing, rarely tells the truth! Is such fiddling an improvement on Nature's profound beauty, which deserves to be shown in its natural beauty? Or is it all about a supreme ego trip by some one trying to show-off to others just how clever they are with Photoshop or Perfect Effects?
This sort of nonsense must surely be past its use by date? Or am I just another old Luddite, fearful of being left behind, railing against the imaginative processes of a newer generation? Oh well,maybe it's back to the old slippers and hot chocolate, whilst I sit in my recliner, and watch the umpteenth repeats of 1950's TV fare. I take some comfort that I am not alone in trying to man the street barricades in this. (God, these old T.V. shows are real shockers, even on first screenings way back then!)
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AlexandraSD 11 773 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2015 3:17PM
I guess in a way they make you ponder about some things but... nature is marvelous enough already, it doesn't need photoshop to make it any more special or magical than it already is.

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