Is this picture "real" or as they say "photoshopped"...???

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Melissa_2011

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Here is a link to a photograph of a village next to a group of mountains that almost looks "surreal".

http://www.zastavki.com/eng/Cities/wallpaper-25007-16.htm

I love surfing the web and "sightseeing" from my couch and every now and then I'll come accross some pictures that you just look at and say WOW. This picture did that for me but I am not sure if it's real or not. I have never seen mountains that look like that.

What do you guys think? Is that a real, unaltered photo? Or something created with some fancy image editing?

I even tried searching for moutain shots including different places in the world including the ALPS etc... and none of the mountains I saw look that "dramatic".

If this is a real village and mountain scene, do you have any idea where it is located because I wanna take a trip there someday if I ever hit the lottery.... LOL

Thank You

Melissa :)
 

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That's strange, the link was working 2 hrs ago but is playing up now. I found the same image on Google Images a couple of hours ago. The image was linked to zastavki.com but Google can't open that site now either.

Curious.



 
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Mountains like that are real. I've seen them in Guilin, China. What happens is the mountains are formed with rock, usually limestone, that dissolves in the rain over eons. Then you get those weird hills. Look up Karst topography.

Still, the photo is enhanced to bring out the light. Darkroom artists used to do similar things back in the day. Now you can do it with a PC.
 
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Maybe not quite as dramatic, but easier to get to to view, look up Mt Index WA in google maps. Its a short drive east of Everett WA just off highway 2.
I live even farther north, and when the sunshine is just right many local Cascade Mountain peaks take my breath away (Pilchuck, Baker, Big4, Rainier)
 
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I'd tend to agree, there' some post-processing to even out the lighting and maybe enhance the color a bit, but I don't think that's a 'chop'.

Edit: I ran the image through TinEye (a "visual image search" site) and found a ton of matches... one named "Gudvangen". That's a town in Norway. Hard to say for sure from Google Earth if that's it, because the satellite pics of the area are pretty low-res, but from the map, it looks likely. The style of houses certainly match the region.
 
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Looks like Norway to me. Have been on a Fjord trip before and it looks similar, as do the houses.
 
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most likely real.

PS when a image is done by someone skilled in photoshop, if the editing is done to convey a artificial but real looking location, unless you know the location, you wont be able to tell.

PS some professional photographers will do some photo manipulation, to make the perfect shot look even better.

that specific has clearly had the brightness and contrast and color balance manually adjusted for at lease 9 areas in the image. Overall the image was edited mainly to counter some of the limitations of the camera and not to really alter the scene.
 

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I even tried searching for moutain shots including different places in the world including the ALPS etc... and none of the mountains I saw look that "dramatic".
Check the Lofoten Islands in Norway. You can find other shots of the same mountain from different vantage points.

http://www.google.com/images?hl=en&...=UTF-8&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&biw=1440&bih=769

http://www.superstock.com/stock-photos-images/442-7631

http://www.pulsarmedia.eu/r_nature_...67_sakrisoy_lofoten_islands_norway_42526.html

If you go here on Google Earth, you can see lots of pictures from different angles. In the "Fly to" window, just type in Reine Norway. In the Layers panel, tick the box for Photos.

 
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