Jeff.....come on now.
Do you really think there are people here posting pics of somebody else's tank, or not being honest about when they were taken?
I mean, at least with the "regulars' here?
.....but with the vast majority here that thought has never crossed my mind.
Just stating the possible.. and no, I doubt few if any faked anything to that degree, either purposely or accidentally.
That said a bit of tweaking (manually or automatically by camera software) can certainly produce "fake" images as compared to real life.
That is relatively common and most of the time err benign and not MEANT to deceive though there is the occasional over-saturation photo which def was on purpose
but those are more to give it a look vs trying to PROVE anything.
Maybe years of putzing w/ photography has me always tweaking it in my head anyways. Software processing, sensor weaknesses, white balance ect..
Maybe I need to ask "Does it really look like that to your eyes" of everyone who posts a photo..
Naaahh not polite..
I have asked "Is that photo look like what you see in real life?" IF it's necessary to the discussion.
And as to "regulars" you prove my point in a way..
Past discourse and I suppose photos (limited use) lead one to trust future posts..
If you said your plant grew a foot in one week I'd trust you. No photos necessary.
If a stranger said the same I'd ask HOW they did it and judge the validity from there..The LAST thing I'd ask is visual proof.
See above and past statements.
If a stranger came here saying they use a 10W incandescent bulb over a 100gal tank and his plants grew 5 feet in a week well I wouldn't even bother w/ a photo and certainly not as a first question..
IF they actually posted a photo I'd have a hard time believing that..thus the limited use of photos..
If they didn't show a photo it doesn't add to my orig. mistrust of the initial premise..So.. whats the point of a photo?
What they says is more important to me than a photo. Again proving my point.
Photos and text form a body of evidence but words coupled with self knowledge and others past experiences are FAR more important than ANY photo.
Point WAS asking for photos as proof of a claim one already considers bunk is a confrontational approach and can be handled differently..
Hey, I've asked for photos to give me an idea of a look or color tone of certain lights so there is some utility in it but it was never to challenge someone.
PERSONAL OPINION.. YMMV..
So I'm done beating this horse.. hopefully.