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Arkansas Hunter, 1901

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by eye5600, Jan 18, 2010.

  1. eye5600

    eye5600 Well-Known Member

  2. joshk-k

    joshk-k Well-Known Member

    I think it's a fake. Something about the dead animal's head and face seems unreal, and that watering can is certainly not a still. Also, who would advertise their still like that?

    I could be wrong, though. Fun pic, either way.

  3. eye5600

    eye5600 Well-Known Member

    Given the source, and also the format of the picture, you can be sure that it's old. That doesn't mean it wasn't faked up way back when, of course.

    I agree that the writing on the watering can and on the cabin do look like they were applied for tourists.
  4. Loyalist Dave

    Loyalist Dave Well-Known Member

    It's a tourist gag photo for sure. Look at where the antlers connect to the head, and you can clearly see where the wooden dowels connect the antler butts to the skull of what is a fake animal.

  5. R.W.Dale

    R.W.Dale Well-Known Member

    more photoshop please

    the arkansaw sign and mune shine bucket have shadows going the opposite direction from everything else in frame. Second do you really expect anyone who knows the alphabet to misspell "moon". Third elk were extinct in arkansas long before 1901, fourth those are very well manicured nails for an old hillbilly

    fourth the pic just looks digital to me with very crip definition across a wide focal range

    EDIT: Tourist studio photo
  6. janobles14

    janobles14 Well-Known Member

    bit high res for the time period as well! didnt think they had digital back then. :)
  7. eye5600

    eye5600 Well-Known Member

    krochus, I think you don't make allowance for either the technology or the taste and talent for bunkum in past ages. If you look at the photos on the shorpy site, you will soon see that very large B&W negatives gave wonderful detail. Depth of field is mostly a function of aperture, and therefore of exposure time.

    The sun is behind the camera. The shadow of the handle of the watering can falling on the log is pretty consistent with the shadows of the trees on the hillside. If the picture is a fake, the elk may well be stuffed.
  8. eye5600

    eye5600 Well-Known Member

    By the way, if you scroll down, there are comments on the same page, including:

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