…if it is genuine….

but surely it has to be faked.  Any thoughts?


  1. If you pay enough attention you can actually see the true edges of that. It “starts” from the top of the nose all the way down and to the right. There even is a slight portion shadowed in the upper part of the head. it’s photoshopped, but it’s COOL.

  2. Ah, I think Fergus gets the prize for definite evidence of shopping – you don’t get many duplicate rock formations in nature! I’m gonna go for the eye being the clone, as it doesn’t look like it fits the patterns of the surrounding strata. I’m very curious to see the original now…

  3. Looks like the Badlands or the Grand Canyon. The only thing I find suspicious is that it looks very much like the real thing– photos I take in those truly breath-taking spots always seem to come out looking like nothing special… In fact photos capture the real thing so poorly that I had a hard time convincing my husband to come with me to the Grand Canyon. He said he’d seen the photos. I told him photos don’t begin to do it justice, but he didn’t believe me until he’d seen it himself.

    1. Looks more like Canyonlands National Park to me. (I totally agree on the “You have to see it in person to believe it, though”.)

      Oh, and it is a fake. Too perfect to be true.

  4. Heh. Okay, didn’t even notice the face… Shows how observant I am! Yes, I’d say the curves in the rock have definitely been smoothed and the ‘face’ area darkened.

  5. If it was the face of Christ I’d say definitely real, but it’s just some random woman and therefore a trick of the light. :-p

  6. How many photo’s need to be taken before something as remarkable as this turns up and it’s the real deal?

    The law of large numbers says a photo like this is in fact inevitable.

    There’s no way of telling for sure with a photo of this size, or without seeing a picture of the original location. A photoshop job is still more likely, imo.

  7. It looks amazing, whether it’s real or not. It actually took me about 30 seconds to see the face. Thanks for sharing!

  8. So I feel really unobservant now. When I first looked at the picture I thought what’s the big deal, so that guy in the background looks like he’s coming out of the woman’s head. Why would that be fake, it’s just a perspective thing. Then as read the comments I realized how much I need another cup of coffee…

  9. I think that might be Kenya and I think I might have actually been to that spot.


    But an entertaining fake

    Would have been better if the edges had been blurred a wee bit…

  10. I vote fake. There is a clear image of a face photoshopped in. Even though its not real, if you look at its face value (pun intended) – it is still a nice picture.

  11. The edge of the outcropping that forms the profile looks unnatural. Rock just doesn’t seem to wear/weather that way, with tight radius curves and points. I say fake.

  12. Looks a bit like something Salvador Dali might have done. Perhaps some elements of the face were present in the original and someone kicked it up a bit in Photoshop. Semi-fake.

  13. I really like it as a picture. Where did you get it? If they could remove the tourists it would be poster material

  14. Given that we only get a low resolution version, it’s not really possible to analyze it properly. I’m naturally wary of “amazing” photos where only one shot is taken. There is also no location information given, so independent verification is difficult. So it has all the *context* of a fake photo, whether or not it’s fake.

  15. I say this is too perfect to have arisen naturally; it must have been designed. Ocam’s razor says it was shopped!

  16. definite fake you can see smooth patches from a cloning tool when you zoom in, plus some artifact of the old pic where its not been done to well.

  17. I don’t think there’s any doubt it’s faked, but it is cleverly done.
    There seems to be no limit to the imagination of some people out there.
    What a fascinating world we live in.

  18. wicked fake.

    ps: I hope you’re collecting all this data on how people respond to the genuineness of photos and videos today. 10 years ago, most people weren’t so skeptical, 20 years ago people might have even believed this.

  19. I think someone looked at the original picture and could see a face so they made it into an obvious face.

  20. At first glance, I didn’t see the face in the bottom right, but with the curves I thought it was fake. Now I see the face, and I’m even more sure. But, with everyone saying that it is “Photoshopped” I can only say that it was Gimped. (Gimp is an open source image editor for those of you who don’t know).

  21. Faked. The fatal flaw is the forehead where we can see the outline of the “missing” or edited rock, probably an artifact of the photo edition. Strange that with so much quality in the rest, they didn’t do a better work there. The “eye” also appears to run against what we expect from geological strata in the mountains below. While is not a definitive truth, my brain “refuses” to give a geographic interpretation to what I’m seeing there… the sun is very high and behind of the photographer and I’m unable to imagine what kind of structures could have produce that kind of shadows. Summing everything and I have only one verdict: fake.

    What bugs me off is that, even if the image is fake (I have no doubts about it), something on the original must have inspired the trick… perhaps there was there some suggestion of what the photo editing revealed to us after. In other words, the photo editors destroyed what it turn it really amazing.

  22. Looks photoshopped, especially:
    the foreground rock around the “chin” image is so sharp and inconsistent with all of the other rock shapes.
    the lines that make up the “eyebrow” seem too curved and dark.

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