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Orca whale captured at the perfect moment

Orca whale captured at the perfect moment

1800-bakes-a-lot

Water at the front seems a little too different from the water in the back. Seems shopped.


catsaresneaky

Is seems this picture has been ORCAstrated


1800-bakes-a-lot

It's quite whale done.


catsaresneaky

Looks fishy


Charming-Werewolf-22

Yeah, looks like it was done on porpoise!


Zorn07

I don’t sea it


Potasiodimag

It doesn’t get my seal of approval.


PerticketySnurd

This thread deserves a slow clap.


ChewySlinky

I was really racking my brain trying to find the pun here


Bee-Able

I was just trying to figure out how much you had to pay the orca and the sun to pose like that?! 😉


Itsalmostover71

Less salt!


joshstevens429

Straight up killer, whale done


dwdbg

DYK Orcas are in the [dolphin](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oceanic_dolphin) family. If you did, sorry for wasting your time… Edit: formatting


Pukeinyoursoup

I was watching How It’s Made and they were doing a thing on wallpaper, towards the end they were printing Orcas on the paper, and the narrator said “dolphins”—I thought “you idiot, that’s a whale!”. Wife and I looked it up and learned that all dolphins are whales but not all whales are dolphins…we are both 35 years old.


Berryyrreb

I gave you the seal award because that’s orca food right there.


catsaresneaky

Your seal of approval is very much appreciated.


Fibonaccitos

Wish I had an award for you.


catsaresneaky

:)


Danasaurus911

Well sure. The photographer has great killer instincts. I wonder if there was an orca-stra there too. Or not. maybe it'd be too over-whale-ming. Ok. That's enough. This has gotten orcaward. No more whale puns. They're krilling me.


Aynessachan

r/angryupvote


justahdewd

It does look a bit too perfect, and probably altered, but I live next to the water and take lots of pics, sometimes the water does look a very different color and texture over a distance, so it can't be judged just on that.


itisoktodance

Definitely shopped. You think someone was just waiting to take a random photo of a sunset and an orca just randomly appeared on the surface and stood there for him to take the shot?


PhonyOrlando

Plus the light reflection near the orca's blow hole doesn't make sense with a backlight like the sun.


ryan101

Plus orcas typically don't randomly appear at sunset perfectly framed for a photo.


Joey_Knuckle

Plus water is an illusion.


Merisiel

/r/hydrohomies is in shambles


Harsimaja

Seems it’s from a photographer who takes pictures of cetaceans from boats as routine, and takes many of them. If the orca spends even a few seconds in this position, and the photographer was within even 10 degrees of the right angle, he could easily adjust his *own* position to get this to line up. Maybe it’s Photoshopped for other reasons I can’t tell, but not sure this is a good line of reasoning. There’s much crazier nature photography out there.


grandmatrades

>If you look at the photographers Facebook page she said she took the picture of the sunset and the orca separately and then overlaid them in photoshop. She never claimed this was an actual pic she took. See Mary's Mark Photography


1800-bakes-a-lot

I thought that was highly unlikely. Thus my looking further into it. I'm like the fucking Picasso of finding bullshit.


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Harsimaja

I haven’t seen a truly convincing argument that it’s shopped yet, though I’m open to it. But I suspect people are having their suspicions over-validated by other commenters and it’s becoming a bandwagon. From this thread: 1. Claims the photo is just too unlikely. Sometimes fate aligns indeed. They may take many pictures of cetaceans breaching and bobbing and whatnot, which can last a little while, and if they were even close to the same direction as the sun in one shot the photographer can move a couple of metres to align the angle. I’ve done that with other things (not orcas!). It’s not a sheer coincidence - hell I’ve seen far more ‘lucky’ pics than this, which couldn’t be adjusted by the photographer’s position. (r/confusing perspective is full of these, and I’ve taken a couple in my time) 2. What is this about the back water and the front water? It looks continuous to me, and the water further back will be a different hue (during a sunset) and focus from that in the front. 3. The lighting on the blowhole... I’m not sure what the exact intrinsic colour gradient is there anyway, but it’s naive to expect a very simple reflection at a perfect angle. Light scatters around edges - see any photo with a back to the sun - and with a complicated feature like the blowhole lip right near the edge I’m not sure I can say it wouldn’t be highlighted in this way. 4. ‘Definitely some artifacts from the shitty photoshop job’. Which? And really, if someone decides it must be photoshop would this really be *shitty*? Seems a bit much. If they have other work that isn’t quite like this, and given how very good a photoshop this would be, I don’t see a reason to think it is one. I’m not an expert and maybe I’m a sucker. But sometimes non-experts think optics is simpler than it is and are keen to play all-knowing detective (especially those modestly declaring themselves the ‘Picasso of bullshit’)... and can be as easily fooled into thinking something real is fake as vice versa. At the risk of seeming stupider, I lean towards this being real.


ETAOIN_SHRDLU

The photographer herself acknowledged that it's a composite on [her facebook page](https://www.facebook.com/marysmarkphotography/posts/1961176874036215?comment_id=1961212607365975&reply_comment_id=1961258370694732).


randomusername3000

> I lean towards this being real. I think it's real and possibly not even altered besides color correction and other typical minor photoshop stuff. But I also know if i took a pic that was "almost perfect" that I'd be tempted to nudge it over a few pixels. But the photographer probably takes enough photos of this kind of subject that it's very possible they just got lucky


Harsimaja

Yeah could easily be enhanced or touched up somehow, but I lean towards it being *substantially* real.


5-toe

The skin looks dry. Where the shiny watery covering? Where's the water-disturbance from when the whale came out of the water?


Pooyiong

People on Reddit have a habit of projecting their own life experience onto others. If they wouldn't have done it, it's unlikely that *anyone* would have done it. If they haven't seen or done anything like it, it's impossible for anyone to have experienced it. I wouldn't put too much credence in the commenters saying it's shopped.


Harsimaja

There are also a lot of people who fancy themselves experts, that XYZ is ‘obviously’ fake, and don’t realise how unintuitive photos can indeed be real. Just need one such comment and that will tip others to believe it because ‘someone speaking with such confidence must be an expert’. Even if they have no thorough argument accounting for the complexities out there. A few months ago there was [this](https://www.ladbible.com/news/weird-social-media-users-confused-by-boris-johnsons-reflection-20210124.amp.html) stupid issue where a photo of Boris Johnson on the phone with Biden after his election was claimed to be fake - for no discernable reason - because people couldn’t grasp how perspective works. And that’s just confusion based on the geometry of a line, let alone much more complex effects.


Pooyiong

People just want to be right. There is quite literally no evidence that this picture is photoshopped, for example, but some people have already clung to that because it's contrarian. They don't want to *prove* you're wrong, they just want to tell you you are.


emily_9511

Dude it’s not like the orca just pauses mid-breach with enough time to “move a few metres” to snap a picture. It would literally have to be the exact perfect angle and perfect timing, damn near impossible. As for the lighting, the light by his blowhole should be a straight shadow with the sun as low as it is, there shouldn’t be light reflecting off it like that. I’ve been a huge hobby photographer for years and the lighting alone immediately made me dismiss this as being real.


Harsimaja

From all cases I’ve seen for other/‘actual’ whales, there’s a few second window. And it’s not a pause so much as a few seconds’ sweeping movement. But enough time for a skilled and quick-thinking photographer.


B_M_Wilson

I’ve done a lot of photoshopping (though I’m not a professional, take this with some salt) and I think that if it’s photoshopped, then it’s more likely the sun was moved than the whale. There are a lot of signs that I normally look for and I don’t see any in the water (though the sun reflection and colours could have been added theoretically). The sun could have been moved but if it was then that’s an amazing job. All of the artifacts are exactly what you would expect from JPEG compression. Artifacts can conceal editing which is why I can’t be entirely sure, especially on the sun. I don’t see any of the kinds of artifacts that would indicate editing. I think a lot of people really don’t understand JPEG. It’s very weird but super smart how it works. Overall, I think it’s either real or very well done. Based on other work from the artist, it’s probably on the real side. A lot of stuff that seems too good to be true is fake so many people automatically assume it all is and end up with some confirmation bias.


catheterhero

Seems shopped. You crazy even if the water was perfect that level symmetry’s impossible to randomly capture


Fuzzy-Assumption2985

The killer of dreams right here.


Robertbnyc

At least blend it in for God sakes


joethafunky

Also, wouldn’t there be a shadow where that reflection is? If this is somehow real I’m picturing the photographer running along the beach to keep the whale perfectly between him and the sun until he randomly comes up out of the water.


Lord_lenkesh

Definitely is theres really bad artifacts left from the shitty photoshop job


anarrowtotheknees

Cool Photoshop


Ricebandit469

Paid Actor


liljaz

And here i was thinking.. Wow, even orcas like the sunset.


T3canolis

**AQUAMAN (BEHIND THE CAMERA)**: *”Perfect. Let’s get one where your mouth is open and you’re, like, eating the sun.”*


beluuuuuuga

Aquaman setting up ocean shots all for that sweet sweet karma.


T3canolis

He’s gotta do *something* with the downtime he gets when the Justice League is fighting an enemy on land.


trwwy321

**Willy the Orca**: *You done yet, Arthur? I’m getting tired of this shit.*


victorchauhan

Anyone else hear Michael Jackson?


VisionQuesting

Hold me, like the river Jordon...


MrProfessionalFarter

And i will then say to thee


1ForTheMonty

Tee Hee


Old-Kaleidoscope1

Me! That's great.


AmerikanInfidel

I’m assuming his other flipper is waving a towel.


Fibonaccitos

So long, and thanks for all the fish?


GiveToOedipus

So sad that it should come to this.


DoremusMustard

Orca Wan Kenobi, with Sun Saber


Quirky-Sink8101

OH NO! THE FEARSOME VAMPIRE ORCA IS DRAINING THE SUN


BrentFavreViking

Only animal the shark is scared of, dolphins will force boop sharks too if need be.


gotham77

Orcas are dolphins


humblepie8

I would have accepted “orca.” I would have accepted the colloquial “killer whale.” But because you said “orca whale” I gotta be that nerd. Orcas are dolphins. They’re likely called killer whales due to a mistranslation, and are more appropriately called whale killers. Because these guys hunt in packs and can take down an actual whale. Super cool photo, BTW.


Fibonaccitos

I’d heard that before...and “whale killer” sounds immensely more terrifying.


GiveToOedipus

Here's the thing...


Possibility_Radiant

Orcas are dolphins, and dolphins are whales. Nothing wrong with the title.


RepresentativeOwl285

TIL that dolphins are a subset of whales. Neat.


ComradeReindeer

You should not be downvoted, you are correct. Orcas fall into the odontoceti group, which are "toothed whales". This group contains all cetaceans that do not have baleen.


aidoll

Orcas are whales though. As are dolphins.


kyecantreddit

I mean, the literal scientific name is Orcanis orca so you can’t be too mad about it.


newt16

They're referring to the whale part, not the orca part


kyecantreddit

I’m aware. Just saying they are technically both right.


WhiskeyDJones

I wouldn't say 'orca whale' was right whatsoever tbh


redrockcountry2020

You all understand this has been photoshopped don't you ?


Trevo91

Yes, all of the other comments have already told us, thank you for the information


ManOfDiscovery

I’m not really sure how others use reddit, but I for one don’t upvote when the title is a fucking lie. Also, wtf mods...


xraygun2014

> Also, wtf mods... Pissing into the wind.


DJOK9R

Yes, we do. You repeating the same thing as the top comments doesn't make your view unique or relevant.


ILike2TpunchtheFB

Thank you for all the fish, even though it was dolphins.


CoreyVidal

Orcas are dolphins.


0Stranger_T_Fiction0

Boop!


jonjonesjohnson

Bloop


beluuuuuuga

Blep


aronrusty2005

blap


ImpossibleSpeed4273

Bloop


theimbalancedyogi

Boop!


eonesixty

Scuze me while I...


scarcityflow

Kiss this guy


eonesixty

Da da da, du du du, du du du!


druule10

It looks likes it's holding a candle to the sky.


fishbethany

Can't unsee.


sharonna7

I'll be your candle on the waaaaaater


BugsCheeseStarWars

FREE_WILLY_LEVEL_SHIT.jpeg


[deleted]

That’s absolutely breathtaking


GiveToOedipus

So long, and thanks for all the fish.


seb_dm

Orca calls upon the planet, the trees and the animals, lend me your energy!


SuperTrout95

"Aw, he got a booger" -my gf


sweetX3cappachino

look at the beady black eyes it knew


DarkJadeBGE

Aren’t they protected? You should probably release it.


grandmatrades

If you look at the photographers Facebook page she said she took the picture of the sunset and the orca separately and then overlaid them in photoshop. She never claimed this was an actual pic she took. See Mary's Mark Photography


IHaveSoulDoubt

Missed Photoshop-ortunity. Should have added a flying saucer that was pulling the orca up with his laser beam.


Sharkbayer1

Orcas are dolphins, not whales. Just fyi


ComradeReindeer

Dolphins are whales, too. They're in the odontoceti parvorder, which means "toothed whales".


GhostPanda_17

Looks like Willy is doing good these days.


Longjumping-Cat-2867

Orcas are actually dolphins


ComradeReindeer

Dolphins are whales, too. Op isn't wrong.


zoinksbadoinks

Looks like a stellar weed ad.


GiveToOedipus

I'd totally buy something called Blue Orca.


dmayan

Dolphin, not whale


ComradeReindeer

Dolphin and whale.


NikoPopp

So pretty.. let’s capture it, put it in a tiny pool and force it to perform tricks for fucking mouth breathers


beluuuuuuga

Looks like it's breathing its life force out like doctor who does when he's regenerating.


NoWakeStandUpPaddle

Sea World looks different


soberyogini

That's because there's only one correct way to "capture" an orca, and this is it - with a camera.


Natezey

Kissing the sky


Rainbowpoz1

He’s consuming the sun


din7

This orca appears to like the sun on its face.


Couch4now

Nose boop


Tiredofrepost

I'll chop my left nut if this is real


entropic_delight

Glitch in the matrix


WestXD

Whales a paid actor.


Nav_the_gamer

Humming "Will you be there"


gabrrdt

It is the opposite for me, the picture is beautiful enough, the coincidental is just distracting.


Whosanxiety

I’ve seen this on my sister’s elementary binder 15+ years ago


Lygerxero

Free Willy 4: The Freeist of Willies


lnfIation

This seems photo shopped


Sisyphuses

“Justice is not a frivolous thing Simpson! It has little of anything to do with a disobedient whale now let’s vote!” - Principal Skinner


Funky_Sack

These pictures are almost always shopped.


Lord_lenkesh

Whole new meaning to sunkissed


bjorklive

It’s a perfect photo. It’s now my screensaver


The_Celtic_Chemist

It will never get the opportunity to appreciate this picture of it as we all do. Even if it could grasp photography, it was completely unaware it was ever framed in such a moment like this. There's an infinite number of ways that you and the world around you could be framed so beautifully at any given moment that we'll never see. A photograph taken from the same frame at the same time could still be shot and processed in a myriad of ways. And this is not just in photographs but even in simple patterns or mathematical equations, strings of coincidences, ironies and perfect contrasts, many in spectrums we can't even conceive of. It's almost tragic to think of all the magnificent, mind-blowing ways to frame our universe that have been lost and will continue to be lost. It gives all the more reason to appreciating all we can in front of us while we can. You might even find yourself in the perfect time and place without ever knowing it.


mathmonkey22228

Deeper daddy


40ozSmasher

Get ready for animals and insects in front of the sun Perfect moments photo onslaught.


sankscan

Question! Sunrise or Sunset?


Ionlyeatfakemeat

Amazing looking even if fake


5royalflush

Amazing picture


demongodslyer

i thought it was a picture of a rock in the water for a good 5 minutes


JustKyle187

Amazing picture


widowwarmer1

"It's true to me goddammit"


Heterophylla

Perfect moment for what?


beerAndbacon65

gods nature is beautiful


ArthurFromman

I usually don’t give many upvotes or awards (albeit they are the free ones from Reddit), but you just got one of each from me. This is a cool shot


MightyShep

Fuckin' Diva. Seriously, think that thing didn't see the camera? :)


Brown_Dawg28

Pardon me while I kiss the sky


rinnytintang

Spy hop!


ExosphericDream

It's like the beam of sun is pulling it out of the water


_getwellsoon_

She’s smokin tha sun.


[deleted]

That is a very serene boop


CherryVomit

Why does this remind me of “They call me Terry Treehead”?


crashmurph

Idk why but the first thing that popped into my ahead was the very beginning of “hello” by Adele lmao I just picture it calmly popping up and saying “hello, it’s me”. And slowly sliding back down


Amhara1

Sometimes, life accidentally results in perfection.


MxM111

She wants an i-device.


misstalitha

Looks like mermaid to me


ProductionPlanner

The water wouldn’t look the way it does if the sun were in that position. It’s nice artwork but a misleading title.


7947kiblaijon

So long, and thanks for all the fish!


9210b

I wish the photographer was credited here.


chrisacip

I came here for a captured orca. He looks very free.


thegolfingdad

That’s amazing!


peadenm

I’d be shocked if this was real


pmcd_com

Imagine, for a moment, being good at something


l_l-l__l-l__l-l_l

free willy yay


Yeshuas_daughter

Stunning


The-Sarges-Wife

That is an awesome picture!


pentaquine

FREE THAT ORCA!!!


MinatureJuggernaut

Lisa Frank just had a moment


defmacro-jam

I've always suspected that a killer whale sucks the sun out of the sky each night.


FOXDuneRider

#BOOP


highfivesforgod

Ok...this is fucking nice.!!!


Itsalmostover71

Stunning photo! 👍👏😃💜


TheWeepingSkull

Looks like it's balancing a candle on the tip of its nose.


mythic_plus

Where are they taking him?


MetalicDagger

The market for shooting uninvited pregnant women just became real.


AppointmentClean558

Sure me while I kiss the sky! Guitar solo


krslnd

I knew it. The sun does not rise or set Its spit up every morning and swallowed every evening by Orcas.


Dommybomb

Orcazilla