January 17 Wednesday 6:13:58 AM

Nikon Grants A Severely Photoshopped Photograph, And here is how the Web Reacts

Mistakes happen even to the best of us – yet when your name is Nikon and you have 10 million Facebook fans – you know you're in a bad position. It began when Nikon reported that they had chosen to give a prize to Chay Yu Wei for figuring out how to "catch a plane in mid-air." The issue was that there was no plane in the first shot in any case. 

The photograph was so seriously altered that you could see it on any bigger screen (well, at any rate we saw it). Also that Nikon ought to have checked it with "bends" or "levels" in Photoshop. When it appeared that the things couldn't deteriorate, somebody posted the answer from the picture taker himself. To an inquiry "To what extent did you sit tight for that plane?" he answered: "Not very long! I was fortunate! Much thanks to you to such an extent!" 

The Web didn't take long to re

Nikon awarded a prize to Chay Yu Wei  for managing to “catch an airplane in mid-air”

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However, “just by changing the levels you can immediately see it is photoshopped”

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Image credits: Shaun Ho

The photographer said he didn’t wait “too long” for the plane. “I was lucky,” he said

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Image credits: Melissa Yeo

But it was too late…

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Image credits: Render Brant

…and the force was strong

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Image credits: Naoki Tsukumo

“Totally NOT Photoshopped! I have the same lens!”

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Image credits: Eric Benson

“Can I haz one trolly Bag too?”

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Image credits: Tom Ignatius

Little did he expect to catch a Godzilla

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Image credits: Glenn Guan

Seems legit

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Image credits: Alf Chern

“Little did he expect to catch a bride in mid-air aisle”

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Image credits: Zhirong Fu

“007 chanced upon a set of ladders while on a photowalk searching for a shaken and not stirred Martini”

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Image credits: Adrian Lam

“Little did I expect to see Van Damme doing an epic split up there”

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Image credits: SG Yu

“Little did he expect to catch a Xiao Zha Bor climbing down the ladder looking stunned. He fainted after the photo has taken”

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Image credits: Randy DeWitt Wei Ming

“Little did I expect anyhow to catch this flying thing in mid-air”

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Image credits: 吕籽践

“Little did I know I’d catch a New York City police officer fighting terrorists..”

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Image credits: Tim Erdmann

“Nikon, you should seriously consider a new campaign for the best photoshopped image from this thread. Winner gets a camera instead, at least we put in effort to make it goes viral online”

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Image credits: Thomas Lim

…and someone has even found Waldo

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Image credits: Vato915

After a while Nikon responded and admitted their mistake

“At Nikon, we believe that innovation and imagination are at the heart of every image. While innovation is driven by the technological advances in our devices and cameras, we see imagination as the ability to see greatness and use each and every tool at your disposal to make them real.

NikonCaptures is a casual photography contest that focuses not on the devices or props you use, but on the imagination and creativity that each photographer exudes while capturing and sharing their images. We have taken in every feedback received, and we sincerely apologise for the oversight on our part. We are now in the process of carefully revisiting the contest’s rules and regulations, for the benefit of all our current NikonCaptures members. We will update everyone of the contest rules once we have revisited all of them.

At the same time, we welcome the funny and witty entries being shared in response to our recently awarded image. It’s with joy that we acknowledge that the global photography and image community is alive and thriving. We thank you for the numerous spontaneous contributions and encourage everyone to keep the imagination alive.”


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