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As to missing the point at the flare .. the source for the flare is coming from the top left corner behind the buidling ... yet we see highlight reflections off the car that suggest light source to both left & right simultaneously?
That being said, I think the hard shadow on the ground (flare image) has initially fooled me into thinking it was coming from the right. Rather, I now think it is coming from the top, over the rear fender. In that regard, it would be congruous with the light source orientation. That combined with the mis-identification of the side mirror as shadow vs. reflection could lead to the degree of disbelief that is infused. The finishing is still a critical part and there are some other areas that while are not "natural" in tonal value @ shadow falloff ... I don't think they were "faked" ... just heavily "finished".
Here is a link to an "original image" that shows some of the lighting / shadow relationship. Granted this shot at a different time of day and different orientation, but we can still see how the shape/curves of the car respond to reflecting light (AI=AR). And, yes, it appears that the point at the side view mirror is a reflection has merit as we can easily see the ground shadow falling left, not right.
The poster, calls the image "boring". Again, I've got no problems with the PP used, nor do I consider the image "fake" ... just the denial of its use tarnishes things in a way that never have need be amongst those who know otherwise.
From the thread:
"To all the critics - when was the last time a major news publication published your shots and demanded their subscribers stop everything to see them?
High praise just to be chosen for a job like this, and then most of the people who have seen the results have been fairly enthusiastic, except for this crowd. What is is about the people here always seeming so overly critical, especially of one of their own? I don't get it - like a bunch of Simon Cowell clones or something. A lot of time, effort, thought and skill went into creating these photos and...Show more →
Again props to the final product and the photographer for combining the vision & capture with the artistic finishing. That's his thing , and that's why he was chosen for the job, no doubt, but it is not as natural sooc.
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