When I read the thread I was thinking to post as well but I didn't due to lack of time but now I will.
Was it really so bad ?..... Personally I don't think so.
To me it was more like a question asked and as far as I know in our society it is free to ask questions.
Of course we all know the work of Sam and we all know he is one of the best and I have no questions about the image at all.
Still I don't feel the need to defend him or anybody else as I don't want to be defended by someone else.
First of all I am quite sure Sam is capable of defending him self if he feels the need to do so.
Secondly if someone goes public with his material he or she should able to handle good as well as bad reactions.
A while ago I received an email(between all the nice ones) that one of my photo's was fake because the control tower at 36L(AMS
) was not the AMS
control tower........ Should I defend myself ? No way...........
If someone thinks he knows the airport where I spend almost 24 hours a day for the last 24 years better then I do....... he he let them.
It makes me smile and doesn't make me feel to answer, I really don't care.
If someone thinks the A.net could go with out my work, he is probably right but I don't care.
It is my hobby which I enjoy a lot what ever other people might think of it.
Another thing is that each and every one of us is trying so hard to produce top notch work that for the untrained eye it is easily mistaken to be fake.
As we all know an RAW image from our Canon or Nikon sensor will not be accepted by A.net so we start playing around with Levels, Contrast, Color, Shadow/Highlight, Cropping, Cloning, ISO noise removing, Usm and all other kind of tools like the ones from Fred Miranda or NeatImage.
Does anybody still know where the line between real and fake is ?
Maybe to some extend we are all producing fake ?
Anyway in a huge database like A.net there will be fakes or at least manipulated images that should not be there.( I can show examples if needed)
The screeners are also humans as far as I know and there is no way they can stop every thing.
My last thought about the subject is that we should not stop threads like this.
Not talking about racism does not make the problem disappear, it will only make it worse.