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BP Faking Spill Photos  
User currently offlineKen777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 8219 posts, RR: 8
Posted (4 years 1 month 1 day ago) and read 2053 times:

It looks like there are some pretty stupid folks at BP. They're getting caught doctoring photos.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn.../AR2010072105833.html?hpid=topnews

While I have a lot of respect for the honest engineers and rig workers at BP the company itself has been the Dumb & Dumber of the corporate world this year. How many fake photos will end up in the hands of trial lawyers and in the faces of members of the jury.

From Day One of the spill BP should ahve had a team working with local people to absolutely minimize the losses of people living in that area. That team should also have been asked permission to release these faked photos so someone could have been told to stick them where the sun doesn't shine.

Instead the company appears to have relied on lawyers and idiots with a camera and Photoshop.

Bring on the trials as soon as possible!

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User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 30
Reply 1, posted (4 years 1 month 1 day ago) and read 2038 times:

Quoting Ken777 (Thread starter):
It looks like there are some pretty stupid folks at BP. They're getting caught doctoring photos.

I read an article last night in Business Week (I think) on this. From the photos they describe they are simply making them better looking. Much like someone would do in Photoshop to get photos on this website. I could see if they were doctoring images to show better conditions, etc than are out there. But I dont see anything wrong with what they did. The same thing happens every day in the photography industry.



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User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11638 posts, RR: 60
Reply 2, posted (4 years 1 month 1 day ago) and read 2033 times:

Quoting Ken777 (Thread starter):
It looks like there are some pretty stupid folks at BP. They're getting caught doctoring photos.

I think it's blowing it out of all proportion. The subject of the images are genuine, they have been modified to enhance them not completely fabricated. All that's happened in one case is the screen has been selected and the contrast changed - you don't even need to read the picture caption to know what has been done.



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User currently offlinejetblueguy22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2783 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (4 years 1 month 23 hours ago) and read 2016 times:
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If you just look at that helicopter shot for one second you could tell its not really in flight. I could tell when I first saw it. Not to mention the pilots don't look like they're doing a thing.
Blue



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User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 4, posted (4 years 1 month 20 hours ago) and read 1905 times:

Quoting jetblueguy22 (Reply 3):
If you just look at that helicopter shot for one second you could tell its not really in flight

Of course it's not, its plainly obvious that the helo is on the landing pad of a vessel. Who mentioned anything about it being in the air?????



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User currently offlineKen777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 8219 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (4 years 1 month 20 hours ago) and read 1901 times:

It was a fake shot today, PR bull and they got caught.

The problem is that every time BP gets caught in something like this they simply add to the trial lawyer's bag of evidence. It is totally dumb. Right now BP needs to be totally honest and all we get is PR crap.


User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 30
Reply 6, posted (4 years 1 month 20 hours ago) and read 1900 times:

Quoting Ken777 (Reply 5):
It was a fake shot today, PR bull and they got caught.

   Just because it was put in Photoshop doesnt make it fake.

Quoting Ken777 (Reply 5):
trial lawyer's bag of evidence.

And may I present you Exhibit A- this copy of Photoshop CS3. Give it a rest. They areny lying with these images.

Quoting BMIFlyer (Reply 4):
Who mentioned anything about it being in the air?????

Lee, the edited photo made it seem like the chopper was in the air. What they did was crop it so the images in the background would come in more clear. Thus it also made it look like the chopper was in the air flying over the area



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User currently offlineAirport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (4 years 1 month 19 hours ago) and read 1831 times:

Regarding the helicopter... that seems like a bizarre thing to photoshop. Was it that hard to take a picture while the helicopter was in the air, or was it that hard to get the same effect elsewhere? Maybe there's something here which I don't get.

As far as the computer screens, honestly, I wholly understand the reasons for photoshoping -- when it comes to electronics, cameras often don't capture like you want it to. While the photos may have been chopped, I'm guessing what it looked like in real life was closer to the photoshop than it was to the photo.

But, that's my measely two cents...

Cheers,
Anthony/Airport


User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 8, posted (4 years 1 month 19 hours ago) and read 1824 times:

Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 6):
Lee, the edited photo made it seem like the chopper was in the air. What they did was crop it so the images in the background would come in more clear. Thus it also made it look like the chopper was in the air flying over the area

Ah ok thanks



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User currently offlinerottenray From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 273 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (4 years 1 month 18 hours ago) and read 1782 times:

Quoting Airport (Reply 7):
As far as the computer screens, honestly, I wholly understand the reasons for photoshoping -- when it comes to electronics, cameras often don't capture like you want it to. While the photos may have been chopped, I'm guessing what it looked like in real life was closer to the photoshop than it was to the photo.

The problem here, as I understand it, is that the screens were shopped to show live feeds monitoring the well, instead of the raw data (Excel spreadsheets?) that was present in real life.

Not a biggie, but still somewhat deceptive.

BP clearly has an overactive PR/Communications department.


User currently offlineFly2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (4 years 1 month 18 hours ago) and read 1763 times:

When I read the title I thought they were digitally minimizing the extent of the spill, and turns out they only did some minor photo shopping to make things clearer or make pictures more appropriate/geared towards a press release and what have you not.

Much ado about nothing IMO  


User currently offlineALTF4 From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 1212 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (4 years 1 month 18 hours ago) and read 1752 times:

Oh dear God.

Quote:
He also adjusted colors and contrast so that the interior of the helicopter was brighter, Dean said.

Hmm, so any photograph submitted to A.net in recent history must be fake, right? Maybe the A380 doesn't even exist because after all, if you change the contrast - it must be a fake photo!

Damn. I've been duped this whole time.

Regarding the command center photo:
I really don't see the huge issue with pasting an image into a blank screen. Now, if they pasted something over a monitor that was showing a TV show or a movie, that is something else. But a blank screen? Come on man, you're grasping at straws to make BP look evil here. But its ok, because we all know oil is evil anyways.

[Edited 2010-07-22 14:31:11]


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User currently offlineDeltaMD90 From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 7873 posts, RR: 52
Reply 12, posted (4 years 1 month 16 hours ago) and read 1719 times:

Quoting Fly2HMO (Reply 10):
When I read the title I thought they were digitally minimizing the extent of the spill,

Yeah I thought so too. What's wrong with what they did? The only thing I see wrong is shoddy photoshop work, which, I never would have been able to tell. It's not like they colored all of the oil into watery colors to make it look like there's not a lot of oil...



Ironically I have never flown a Delta MD-90 :)
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