Samsung phone cameras boast of a fancy “Space Zoom,” and they show it off by taking apparently super detailed pictures of the moon from Earth.
Turns out, though, it’s all smoke and mirrors.
Check it out. The long and short of it is someone thought this looked too good to be true, so he captured a deliberately blurry and detail-free photo of the moon, displayed it on his computer screen, and then took a picture of it with his Samsung.
Samsung’s camera identified it as a picture of the moon — and then basically replaced the image with a manipulated high res picture pulled from somewhere else and doctored to look like an actual capture.
Samsung is not covering itself in glory here; they’ve been constantly prevaricating and providing “blurry” answers when challenged, and even at one point said something that seems demonstrably false:
In 2021, Input Mag published a lengthy feature on the “fake detailed moon photos” taken by the Galaxy S21 Ultra. Samsung told the publication that “no image overlaying or texture effects are applied when taking a photo” but that the company uses AI to detect the Moon’s presence and “then offers a detail enhancing function by reducing blurs and noises.”
Except, if you start with a shitty, blurry photo, there are no details to enhance, and no “noise” to remove. If you end up with a sharp picture, then the details have been supplied by the camera, not reality. That’s lying.
Rudyards upstairs, January 1, 2006 (shot with a Palm device, which is about two ticks up from a potato):
Same place, same stage, same guy, February 22, 2020 (Sony A7ii):
I’ve been remiss in both processing and shooting this year. Here’s all that was in the pipeline:
JoCoCruise 7, back in February;
Houston’s ASS, easily the finest all-accordian pop-music combo working in Houston today, playing at the Lienhard’s home; and
Our trip to New York in July wherein we visited Kirsts and saw some play.
Even if you don’t really know what a Hassleblad is, you should go read this story.
When using your fisheye, be careful about the placement of your hand on the camera body. Just because your hand is behind the lens doesn’t mean it’s not in the shot.
Rand has picked up a drone, and in so doing experienced a few “Holy Shit!” moments. Click through, read, and watch. They’re still spendy — the one he grabbed is $700 — but the video footage is just amazing, and it’s a cinch such tech will be half that price in a year or two.
Several new sets!
Note: the elephant wasn’t actually at Public Services. Justin is really strict about that.
- Talented photographer
- Modern cameras damn near capable of shooting in the dark
- Iconic metropolitan area
Seriously, don’t miss this. Via Kottke.
A weekend away, and I’m digging through the photo backlog:
More to come. Just maybe not today.
Let’s say you wanted to take pictures of a spider’s fangs. How would you do that?
Well, here’s a cool guide. Bonus: their subject is, amazingly, A. robustus, which is one of the deadliest spiders in the world.
Here are the cruise pics from February.
I am very good at procrastination.
Via Kadrey: “Alice in Waterland” by Elena Kalis.
I have a time machine, apparently, because I got all these Christmas pictures!
God, I’m lazy.
Two short pix sets from before the holiday:
More to come.
This extraordinary blog post from photographer Jeremy Cowart is all over the net, but I saw it at MetaFilter.
Go click. It’s worth your time.
This short GoPro film documents Kevin Richardson’s relationship with, among other things, wild lions in South Africa. They’re very happy to see him, on the order of the old Christian the Lion videos; they run up to him and want to snuggle. I’m sure his science is dodgy, but the video is still fantastic.
We here at Heathen care, which is why we’re pointing out this picture of Idris Elba and Janelle Monae, which contains a powerful distillation of pure awesome.
Know who Eero Saarinen is? Maybe not. But you know his designs.
(Mrs Heathen: don’t miss this.)
Not sure how this happened. Just last year, she was five.
Long exposures taken from space are even cooler.
This year’s trip had two phases:
Here’s a pic I took at a minor league baseball game in Louisville.
Olympus OMD E-M5 w/ Lumix 14mm. 1/80 sec @ f/4, ISO 500.
Of general interest, perhaps, are pictures of The Joy Formidable playing at Fitzgerald’s earlier this month.
Of more narrow interest are deeply joyful pictures of Frank and Hadleigh’s wedding weekend in Jackson, which was SO SOUTHERN.
(Heathen Nation: “How Southern was it?”)
Well, I’ll tell you: It was so southern that the officiant was a blood relative of Flannery O’Connor.
Finally, because if I don’t include this, someone will complain: one more pic of Joy.
This set of color shots from 1939-43 is completely stellar.
Fortunately, someone else DID say that. And they took pictures.
Jonathan Coulton is using a picture I took on his home page today, in his post about the cruise:
It’s rather a bigger set than I usually post, but we were gone for a whole week: Pictures from JoCoCruiseCrazy 3.
Via MeFi, we find this promo of a somewhat intense encounter with a polar bear. His real-time narration is a bit breathless, but then again he IS being investigated by a giant bear who would like to eat him.
That said, White House photographer Pete Souza’s best of 2012 is a great set of photos. Enjoy.
Because I am me, my top ten photos from 2012 actually includes thirteen shots. Deal with it.
Alessandro Della Bella put together some pretty amazing time lapse shots from atop a couple of mountains in eastern Switzerland. Go. Watch.
These dental mannequins ask WHERE IS YOUR GOD NOW?
Canon: State the nature of the problem?
Photographer: Well, I was in Africa, and a lion borrowed by 5D.