Fake Photo

James sent this beautiful photo to a contest, hoping he will win first prize. The contest organizers, however, realized that the photo was fake and disqualified James. How did they figure out the picture was not real?

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There are stars over the moon, which is impossible.

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  1. They identified this according to the moon’s position, and you can see that the colors are not so natural; they are too intense. But the picture is beautiful! You know, most of the time, what we see in reality cannot be rendered so beautifully by the camera and vice versa. Make sure you participate in the next contest with the original work. There is no need to cheat when our reputation is at stake. I would take this picture and put it in a Custom Picture Frames https://www.frameshop.com.au/custom-picture-frames for inspiration! Good luck in the future!

  2. That is why the contest organizers excluded your photo from the contest. My frequent hobby is custom picture painting by numbers ( https://paintingbynumbersshop.com/products/custom-picture-paint-by-numbers ). I often submit pictures to various contests and encounter various criticisms from the organizers. In my memory, I have a lot of talented photos that are judged and not allowed by the competition organizers. Try next time to send a livelier and more natural photo, and I think you will succeed.

  3. I think the position of the moon and light is not natural. With this angle of the moon, the lighting of the mountains should have been different.

  4. I think, with the given position of sun and moon, the mountains should be pitch black. Or, at least, like the front one.

  5. Would be good to understand why can’t there be stars over the moon? I understand stars in front of moon is rare but not quite sure of over the moon.

    1. Hello KK. You are correct; this is exactly what is meant by “stars over the moon”. There are two of them in front of the moon’s dark side.