Sunday, October 7, 2012

Forensic Photoshop Program Might Explain If Iconic 2009 Tabloid Photo of "Crying Face on Glacier Wall" is Fake


Pictured: Haunting face crying a river of tears as glacier melts into the sea

By Alex Millson
3 September 2009

At first glimpse it looks like any other glacier you might find in the freezing Arctic wastes of Norway.

But on closer inspection an eerie face is depicted in the melting ice wall that appears to be crying a river of tears.

The forlorn-looking 'Mother Nature' figure appeared to locals during a thaw, with the melting ice and snow falling towards the sea below.

The striking image of the Austfonna ice cap, located on Nordaustlandet in the Svalbard archipelago, would seem certain to be heavily used by environmentalists protesting against climate change.

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A new Forensic Photoshop Program Might Explain If Iconic 2009 Tabloid Photo of "Crying Face on Glacier Wall" is Fake. yes, FourMatch is an extension for Adobe Photoshop that instantly analyzes

any open JPEG image to determine whether it is an untouched original

from a digital camera. Now, you can quickly identify files that have

not previously been edited.

By instituting a controlled workflow that requires the submission of

pristine camera originals, you can easily flag images that require

closer scrutiny.

How it works: FourMatch leverages the fact that there is nearly

endless variety to exactly how hardware and software products can

choose to store a JPEG file. This variety results in a distinctive set

of “signatures” from each hardware and software product. Once an image

has been edited and resaved from a software product, this signature is

changed to match the software rather than the original capture device.

Thus, when a file signature correctly matches a known signature from

the device that captured the photo, you can be confident that the

photo has not been edited.

The power of the FourMatch database: Fourandsix has built a database

of more than 70,000 signatures representing more than 2,400 camera

models and mobile devices, as well as signatures from a variety of

image editing programs and online services. When you purchase a copy

of FourMatch, you’re also purchasing access to this valuable database,

which is updated frequently as new devices become available. Loaded

with this database, FourMatch can quickly assess the authenticity of

many images.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I always assumed that this was just one of those natural phenomenon
that looked sort of like something (like animals in clouds or a face
in a pizza). It didn't look fake to me, but I am no expert. I just
thought it was a cool picture, especially since global warming and
glaciers were in the news in 2009 and this natural phenomenon seemed to
illustrate what was going on.
If Mike Nolan and the UK Sun tabloid printed it, then the photo should be
associated with them,.
And I have no idea if it was photoshopped. Some of the photo looks
odd, yes, but then again, who knows. We weren't there. It could be real
photo or could be faked photo. We will never know unless the
photographer says something to enligthen us or the SUN newspaper
confesses they faked it or the Barcrfot Media agency admits they faked
it. Until then, we must accept it as real photo. No?