Welcome To The Dark Matter Digital Network

A Photograph of the Loch Ness Monster? A Lesson in Fake Photography

Trawling around the Internet as I do for Nessie information, I came across this photograph on a website compilation of holiday snaps. The owner of the picture had been to Scotland and elsewhere in Europe from the USA and had decided to put up a montage of her experiences. However, one of the pictures shows something a bit more than normal. It would appear the the picture was taken on the 15th July 2006 but the camera time is set at 0421. The location is given as a point off the Clansman Harbour at the north end of the loch but closer to the opposite shore, so the photographer was probably on a cruise boat. Now I have tried several times to contact the owner of this photograph (who I believe is called Nancy) but without success and this basically leaves me in a bit of no-man's land. The reason I say that is because if I did establish contact the day after this article posted, several replies may be forthcoming. For example, the owner may say "It's a Photoshop job, I was just fooling around.". In that case, there is not much more to say and we move on. Or she may say that is a genuine picture and we can take it from there. Or she may come up with some other reply such as "The cruise boat had a Nessie sticker on the window for tourist Nessie snaps." Of course, it may be the photographer is unable or unwilling to make contact. But despite these unknowns, perhaps this is an opportunity to explore an area of Loch Ness Monster images that provokes debate. I am referring to digital images of the creatures and the argument over whether they are digitally manipulated images. Of course, manipulated images of the Loch Ness Monster go hand in hand with the mystery itself. The 1977 Shiels picture is perhaps the best example, but the MacNab picture from 1955 has also been put under the scrutiny of skeptical enquirers. However, such alleged images form a small part of the overall set of images. Others have been accused of being staged props or misidentification, the rest are genuine images of the creature. Read about how to discern digital photos at Loch Ness Monster.

Leave a comment