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Just how real are computer images

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Regarding computer renderings and photomontages. We have often noticed a disparity between competition-winning images and the end product, making sylph-like bridge arches brawny. It is the realism of these pictures, so beguiling to lay panels, which disconcerts.

Most recently we have heard that enhanced photographs of finished buildings are about to appear in the press. The removal of rubbish bins from the corner of a particularly good shot seems venial but suppressing intrusive services or 'finishing' something curtailed by cost cutting might disappoint, akin to discovering that Naomi Campbell is not quite as ectomorphic as sometime photographed.

Perhaps your pictures should have captions indicating the percentage of pixels which have been adulterated. 'This photograph is 90 per cent authentic'.


London EC1

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