Pin the Tail

September 2nd, 2009

Pin the Tail - *AFP Hall Of Fame*

“I took this photo of my mom and dad this past year. We didn’t notice the donkey’s doing the dirty in the background until it was already printed out.”

(submitted by Julie and originally posted atΒ

312 Responses to “Pin the Tail”

  1. Sean says:

    There’s a reflection of the animals in the pond…that’s elaborate if it’s a photoshop…

  2. Casper says:

    How on earth is there a reflection of the animals, in the lake under the bridge or whatever it is? The animals are much further back in the field, not near the edge of the water to get a reflection like that… I dont think its photoshopped at all, ive taken pics that turn out the same, with the different lighting looks…even if it was…by artificial lighting or 2 pics mixed together etc. who cares! Its still entertaining! Its just the reflection that gets me!!

  3. Amanda says:

    Am I the only one who notices when I take pictures in the shade, colors look “cool” (would explain why lighting on couple looks “cool”). Photographer might be using an artificial light source

  4. Caroline says:

    In the general scheme of things, does it really matter if the photo is photo-shopped or real? If it is photo-shopped, then someone has gone to some effort to amuse us…! And amuse us it did! lol

  5. ace says:

    I do not get this!! D: what am i looking for!?!?!!

  6. NitaKash says:

    My eyes went straight to it after i read it, haha i would have never noticed

  7. Wreckin' Rachie says:

    That is photoshopped, the couple is light with studio lights, and the background is a warm yellow. The couple is also way to over sharpened and the background is nice and soft.

    • Garth says:

      Don’t care if it is photoshopped, it’s funny as hell.

    • Kirk Jordan says:

      I am a professional photographer, and I can tell you that there is NOTHING about this that says “Photoshop.” I mean, it could be, but the everything here is consistent with light in nature, and the nature of cameras.. Shadows cool, direct low light – warm. And the blurred background is fully consistent with a wide aperture.

    • Brian Johnson says:

      Um, yeah, that looks like a totally real photo. That is exactly the kind of lighting you would get if your subject were in the shadows on a late afternoon while direct sunlight was visible elsewhere in the picture, and on a good camera, the background is going to be blurry.

    • Tessis says:

      And real photographers use reflectors to get bright light on subjects

  8. Sher says:

    Spreadin the love around! Classic!

  9. Emily says:

    Why must everyone judge their sexy time?

  10. Cambreak says:

    The man’s expression suggests he knows what is going on behind them. Like he decided on the photo at that moment.

  11. Elizabeth says:

    lets do it like they do on the discovery channel!

  12. Quinn says:

    As a lighting designer, I regret to inform you that there is no way the light on the couple is natural. It is definetly artificial lighting. I’d even venture to guess that the color filter over the instrument is a Roscolux R51 or R54. It doesn’t take a lighting designer to see that the light on the couple is waaay more in the blue spectrum than the heavily saturate amber everywhere else. I didn’t even notice the supposed fake donkey reflection (entirely possible by the way) and I was already calling photoshop just because of the insane difference in lighting conditions.

    • keke says:

      O Mr. Lighting designer, no kidding its different lighting conditions. Shot in the evening with warm sunlight and supplemental studio stobes. Its a portrait photograph from a photographer not a point and shoot camera. Just because there is a wide range of color temps doesn’t mean its photoshopped. Different lighting sources but not different pictures. And tell mr wrekin richie that the depth of field is why the background is soft not because its photoshopped.

  13. harry b says:

    I think there is more than the couple in this photo who are excited about this shoot

  14. Christina says:

    I don’t think the “donkey” on top is a donkey at all…I’m I the only one that sees a golden retriever on the donkey?? And no, it is not photoshopped.

  15. Ed says:

    Just glad it’s not the other way around….

  16. no says:

    stop it, this is NOT photoshopped! why would anyone photoshop something like that? its amusing yes and its a good memory to laugh about but its a photoshoot, people! they sometimes (most of the times) use big white panels to reflect more light for the model in the picture. obviously the water is not photoshopped either, just try sometimes at a lake. it DOES reflect that perfect sometimes. and the shadows in the trees are real but clearly the photographer used white panels to enlight the couple in the picture

  17. Sammi says:

    What a lucky couple! I would love to come across a gem like this on my roll of film.

  18. Spec says:

    this is photoshopped. the shadow on the couple doesnt coincide with the shadow made by the trees.

  19. Overgrownasian says:

    This does appear to be photoshopped, probably not to put the donkeys in the background, but it looks like the Flood action from Flaming Pear was used to create the water, prolly just a hilly area. The fingers on the woman are too straight, and feel tense but other than that and the … donkeys … I like the pic

  20. Tess says:

    If this were my couple photo, it would definitely be above the mantel. It took me a min to figure out the awkwardness, but then I was laughing my ahem…ass off!! πŸ™‚

  21. Rosie says:

    Did you all miss his right hand middle finger?

  22. Bastet11 says:

    Hee HAW!

  23. CLiC says:

    Yeah, at first I didn’t’ notice anything and actually thought that maybe it was because the man ‘sort of’ looks like he is flipping the bird…then I noticed the donkeys. Though I agree with a comment above how the perspective seems to be way off for the donkeys to appear as a reflection in the water. I’m guessing a very possible photoshop job here.

  24. Shelley says:

    It has to be photoshopped..if you look at the reflection in the water..there are things being reflected in the water that are NOT actually there to be reflected…now how would that happen? Also, the Donkeys are too far away to have their reflection to be perfectly reflected like that. You wouldn’t see them unless they were floating in the air! Nice try! It’s funny but not logical even if you say you know them or not!

  25. melis says:

    ha ha, judging by the look on the mans face, I think HE KNEW what was going on in the background-and is ok with it.

  26. Kim says:

    Great Pic Julie. Is that here in town? Love it!!! 😎

  27. Ima Biznatch says:

    yeha i was looking at the photo, like… hmm this looks like a good photo actually… then scroll my eyes over… OOOOooooooo… o…. ew. haha

  28. IceTnPrtzls says:

    Sorry to rain on the parade, but speaking as an artist from a family of artists: due to the laws of perspective the animals in the background are neither close enough to the water’s edge nor of sufficient height (such as tall trees) to be reflected in the water as depicted in the scene above. However, it is an amusing picture.

    • Shelley says:

      I agree with you. It is quite funny but they would literally have to be floating in the air in order for their reflection to be seen!

    • Adalen says:

      Well, speaking as a photographer and a person with eyes.. it’s pretty obvious you need glasses. The embankment is high and the animals are closer to the edge of the water than what you can perceive in the photograph.

      And this photo is awesome quality. Almost makes me want to switch to Nikon…. but not quite.

  29. Tim says:

    What a loving couple!

    The old folks are cute, too…

  30. cranky says:

    Husband: “Smile, honey!” Wife: “This will be a lovely addition to our album.” Donkey: “I’ve been really tryyyyyyyyin’ baby…to hold back this feelin’ for soooooooooooo loooooong…”

  31. Bleah! says:

    Both couples look very happy.

  32. NuttyMom says:

    Love it. It’s a great photo and then you see the donkeys. How sweet that it’s reflected in the water! Bahahaha! They should make this into a puzzle. hehehehe

  33. Elcorin says:

    Where are you from? Is it a secret? πŸ™‚

  34. LIZH says:

    Truly award-winning awkwardness! It took me a second like others, and then it hit me, not once, but twice with the reflection! Great pic!

  35. Jakobe says:

    awwww yeaaaaaaaa

  36. tink1272 says:

    That is so unfortunate. This was such a cute pic otherwise. πŸ™‚

    • Penny says:

      Are you kidding me? So NOT unfortunate! What good fortune to have a photo that everyone will be talking about and laughing about for years to come!

  37. Rod says:

    maybe the real question is not how did they not see them, but how did they not hear them?!

  38. Rod says:

    hahahahaha!!! it took me a while to figure out what was awkward about this!

  39. Connie C. says:

    I know this family. I’m friends with the photographer. Believe me, she did NOT photoshop this. What is so hard to believe about donkeys having “la la” time in the background? Actually, there is an entire series of family pictures and I witnessed myself when someone noticed the donkeys in the background over on flickr. It had everyone in stitches, but it certainly was NOT photoshopped.

    As for the coolness of the couple in the photo. The lady there used to babysit me. And yes, she is one hip lady. πŸ˜‰

    Great photo, Julie. This continues to make me laugh whenever I see it. Congrats on getting it on the awkward family photo site. πŸ™‚

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