Monday, February 18, 2008

Oops happen

Image from flightblogger

Using the vernacular, we can mostly expect 'oops. How we handle these is what makes for progress or not.

One example might be the above particular image provided by an OEM in an announcement of their new offering.

It's an image of a plane, a composited image that shows people standing in front of the thing. Well, some might think that the plane existed and was ready to carry the parties to some destination. Except, on closer reading one sees a time line that is in the future.

Images, such as this, might be okay on paper, where credits and explanations can be given. Unfortunately, even with that medium, the text may not be there; but, assuming some text, it may be too small to read.

Let's see, the diameter is 73 inches or so which is only 5" or so greater than a predecessor . Yet, it stands much taller than expected.

Is it that the perspective of the people and the plane don't match? Of course, the idea may have been to emphasize the plane.

What is the height? One could attempt different schemes, such as using the engine size or the people's height.

Why the issue? In this day of advanced techniques that can alter photos or that can generate artificial images with near-perfect realism, ought we to have some protocols to tip off the viewer as to what is what?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Why would flightblogger use 'photo' in regard to these images?

The lines between what we know is fairly accurate and what has been doctored is getting really blurred (or fuzzy, as the 'decider' would say).

Oh, by the way, higher-level managers have always wanted such generalized view; let's thank all those types for the mess; trouble is, they are not ever the types that have to clean up after a mess.