Let’s take a look at some EXIF data: A semi-aggressive and unprovoked dive into photographic dupery

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Pics of the Pmonster were taken by Michael vargas, sold by a local shop here called BSA and Dat is who bought it for that price. I wish I knew BSA had it I would have driven the 2hours just to see it, The colors on it may be tweaked a bit but I dont think it is that much honestly. I mean look how bright some of the colors can be on other jawbreakers and it isnt a huge stretch to believe.....like the rainbow polyps on fairy food =P
 

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Yes, it was a surprise to me as well with one of the popular vendors here this year. Got 4 large colonies and they were SUPER different. The owner was trying to buy my silence with more corals lol and telling me that it was shot under different light lol .... I still can't understand how no one ever posted anything about this vendor. Maybe I was just unlucky or maybe he bought the silence of all of them. :D
 
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Yes, it was a surprise to me as well with one of the popular vendors here this year. Got 4 large colonies and they were SUPER different. The owner was trying to buy my silence with more corals lol and telling me that it was shot under different light lol .... I still can't understand how no one ever posted anything about this vendor. Maybe I was just unlucky or maybe he bought the silence of all of them. :D
That's pretty wild man. sorry to hear it really
 

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¯\_(ツ)_/¯ reality ...
 

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can you reverse saturation etc to see what it looked like at first.
Here is some of what a photo said.....
White Balance Custom
Color Temperature 25,000
Tint +12
Saturation +60
Sharpness 25
Luminance Smoothing 0
Color Noise Reduction 25
Vibrance +60
Hue Adjustment Red +11
Hue Adjustment Orange +2
 
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can you reverse saturation etc to see what it looked like at first.
Here is some of what a photo said.....
White Balance Custom
Color Temperature 25,000
Tint +12
Saturation +60
Sharpness 25
Luminance Smoothing 0
Color Noise Reduction 25
Vibrance +60
Hue Adjustment Red +11
Hue Adjustment Orange +2
Unfortunately it doesn't quite work that way. safe to say that at 60 sat and Vib that whatever you are looking at is considerably exaggerated.

Here is what happens if I crank upon the vibrance and saturation on one of my own pics to 60! And the FB'ers go wild!!!!

Atl Rasp Lemonade

My actual setting below.




60/60 setting below can you say F-I-R-E!!!

 

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Yes, it was a surprise to me as well with one of the popular vendors here this year. Got 4 large colonies and they were SUPER different. The owner was trying to buy my silence with more corals lol and telling me that it was shot under different light lol .... I still can't understand how no one ever posted anything about this vendor. Maybe I was just unlucky or maybe he bought the silence of all of them. :D
Care to share a name @Berlibee to help others avoid the trap?????
 

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Unfortunately it doesn't quite work that way. safe to say that at 60 sat and Vib that whatever you are looking at is considerably exaggerated.

Here is what happens if I crank upon the vibrance and saturation on one of my own pics to 60! And the FB'ers go wild!!!!

Atl Rasp Lemonade

My actual setting below.




60/60 setting below can you say F-I-R-E!!!

WOW....thanks for the pic's, it helps imagine the difference by seeing it before and after.
 

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Once you've handled enough corals (especially Acros) you can start to tell what photos are fake and which are edited. Bottom line is that if you haven't seen if before in person don't dive in bank account first to buy it. There are plenty of coral around and most of the hype and fake photos are from people trying to get rich quick off of unsuspecting buyers. (beware flippers and quick resellers)

Over time corals worth the price tag rise to the top and there are good vendors out there (^^^) that can take their own photos and represent what they are selling without resulting to shady tactics and false hype.
 

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It's so disgustingly prevalent in our industry that it warrants this thread.
 
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