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Photographer Plays Visual Tricks the Old-Fashioned Way — Without Photoshop
Posted By Scott Baradell On January 2, 2007 @ 4:54 am In Art of Photography | No Comments
Perhaps you’ve received them in your e-mail inbox: dramatic photographs  of a photographer making a dangerous leap from rock to rock in the Grand Canyon, along with a description of the 900 meter plunge he narrowly avoided.
Many people who’ve seen the photos, taken by Dutch pro
Hans van de Vorst , have assumed they’re a Photoshop stunt. Others have been shocked and amazed by the subject’s death-defying leap.
So, are the photos real? Yes — and no.
The urban-legend busters at Snopes break it down for us :
The area shown is a popular photographic spot in the Grand Canyon, for the very reason demonstrated above: if a photographer frames his picture just right, he can make it appear  that his subject is leaping across a yawning chasm where the slightest misstep will seemingly result in the risk-taker’s … certain death.
What one doesn’t see … is the connecting ledge just beneath the two rock formations … a reasonably careful jumper primarily risks some bruises or maybe a broken arm or leg, not a plunge into the depths of the Grand Canyon.
So the photo is an illusion. But the exposure — and, likely, the new business — Hans has received as a result of this “magic trick” are very, very real. 
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 dramatic photographs: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hansvandevorst/tags/nuckingfuts/
 Hans van de Vorst: http://www.hansvandevorst.com/
 break it down for us: http://www.snopes.com/photos/natural/canyonleap.asp
 make it appear: http://www.pbase.com/cslr_challenge/image/34500182
 Here’s a wider angle on the shot.: http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=214790068&size=o
 very, very real.: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hansvandevorst/316555153/
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