The Sunbathers

April 22nd, 2011

The Sunbathers - *AFP Hall Of Fame*

“This is a wedding photo of the extended family – and a couple of unintentional bystanders who didn’t bother getting out of the shot.”

(submitted by Jeremy)

85 Responses to “The Sunbathers”

  1. Mary Grinter says:

    Does anyone else think those sunbathers are sort of extremely inconsiderate for not offering to move for five minutes? Who does that?!

  2. darkstar says:

    little photoshop no big deal to fix

  3. Kim H says:

    Bad on the photographer for this one.

  4. Katy says:

    hahaha I didn’t see the bottom part of the picture and was like “what’s so weird?? It’s just a wedding photo…” and then I scrolled….

  5. Elsie says:

    OH NO! hahahaha, did they not see them? They totally could’ve went elsewhere, it’s not like it’s the “best backdrop”

  6. Ana says:

    See the woman in the brown dress (to the left of the bride)…..Shes my schools headmistress!

  7. chvinson10 says:

    me and one of my friends were looking at this photo but didnt scroll down all the way so we couldnt see the sunbathers. we were all like, “why is that photo here? theres nothing akward about it at all!” then as we scrolled down more we ssaw them then were all like “ohhh i see whats akward about it” total LOL moment

  8. B.J.C. says:

    Does anyone know the location where this photo was taken?? It looks exactly like Marquette, Michigan @ the bay

  9. Herb Syufy says:

    The only “fake” part of that photo is that it is sunny, yet was taken in Seattle.

  10. Lensman says:

    Easily fixed with Photoshop, which the photographer was likely aware of. The lack of proper focus and shadowing due to crappy posing indicates other problems that could have been avoided with a little care. (The cloning tool would take the reclining folks right out, as there is enough grass to clone from, and no serious image overlap.) That operation and some major sharpening would yield a somewhat acceptable print, unlike what you see above. Too bad about the posing, but they will learn, if they want to become successful.

    • JS says:

      But obviously it wasn’t fixed. 🙂

    • LisaH says:

      You are assuming it’s a professional….or an experienced amateur. My daughter’s wedding was photographed by…wait for it…one of the bridesmaids. It was a very small wedding and a couple times during the wedding she stepped out of line to take photos. Once, when I mentioned “working the photos” she was like, what do you mean? Not all weddings have pros.

  11. noname says:

    pooor grl i feel srry 4 her n her wedding phot

  12. Deana says:

    The bride looks like she’s the only one aware of what a horrible picture this will turn out to be. I love how everyone else is smiling but her.

    • Violet says:

      That was my thought, too! Gosh, the only one that looks pissed off is the bride – she’s the only one that seems aware of what a craptastic shoot it is.

  13. Samantha says:


  14. Courtney says:

    Best. Caption. Ever. ROFL!!!

  15. Suki says:

    I just thought it was an out of focus shot then I scrolled down. perhaps those were wedding guests??

  16. Anonymous says:

    The one in the brown dress is the principal at my school… definitely awkward.

  17. Brenda says:

    At least the woman got a pedicure for the wedding.

  18. fireflight says:

    What’s awkward about that? (Scrolling down…) Ooohh! Gaa!

  19. davidrh says:

    Maybe the Photographer was taking a picture of the sunbathers and the wedding got in the way . . . . it’s possible . . .

  20. Nicole says:

    As it happens, I actually know the people in this picture! It is definitely not fake, and I’m dying that it’s on here!

  21. Solana says:

    This is exactly why weddings shouldn’t have an open bar.

  22. GeekyTuner says:

    I’m pretty certain this is not ‘shopped, but rather taken by an amateur. Possibly with a fairly long telephoto lens, which would foreshorten the apparent distance between the sunbathing readers in the near foreground and the subject wedding party in the middle.

  23. lynette says:


  24. Joan says:

    Great. PCB park with the power plant in the background. Let’s just hope they obeyed all the signs and didn’t have any food there. Danger! Poison! Contaminated with PCBs!! I do!!

  25. PaulaNancy says:

    “They had BETTER not block out my sun!”

  26. Nosferatu says:

    It looks like one sunbather is saying to the other, “Are they seriously going to take a picture here?”

  27. adfogg says:

    The bridal party all look so happy, I don’t think they care about the folks in the grass.

  28. DB says:

    You’d be surprised. There are some people who will not move for a shot, even if asked politely. Our good friend proposed to the woman of his dreams on a mountain top and had a photographer there to take pics. The photographer showed up 30 minutes early to “scout out the area”. Found the perfect sopt and then a couple comes up to look at the view. He lets them know that someone was coming to propose in a few minutes and could they move for about 10 minutes when they see the girl in the purple dress come up. 20 minutes later our friends come up there and the other couple just would not move-so he had to try and shoot around them. They are in half of the photos.

    • amy says:

      The nerve. Sheesh.

    • Vicki says:

      And that’s when I’d say to that couple that they’re welcome to a birds-eye-view of it when I throw them off the mountain.

    • Me says:

      How incredibly rude of that man to ask the couple that was already there to leave. As if the proposing man is the only person that matters! Some people have serious entitlement issues. Wait your turn rudie!

      • Vicki says:

        According to the comment, the photographer got there 30 minutes ahead of time AND THEN the other couple showed up.

    • Brenda says:

      It’s a proposal, not a coronation. If she’s really the woman of his dreams, she’ll be just as happy whether there are other people around, or not. I attended an outdoor wedding on Skyline Drive last year. The tourists in the area continued their sightseeing, the bride was beautiful, the groom was relaxed, the wedding was perfect….I hope your friend relaxes, or he’ll stroke out when he sees a slight smudge on his shoes during his wedding.

    • NerdyJen says:

      How dare they enjoy a public space like members of the public. Commoners, geez, can’t keep them down like you used to be able to.

  29. Lori says:

    JWow and Snooki REALLY wanted to attend the wedding but the sun’s rays were a-calling. what to do, what to do?

  30. justme says:

    Honestly, if I were laying there I would offer to get up. Sheesh.

    • hushupp says:

      So who was there first? While the photoguy was arranging everyone, the sunbathers ran in, threw their towels down and flopped?? Hardly. Someone was asleep allright– either the bride or the picture guy.

    • ceegee says:

      i dunno…it doesn’t seem likely that someone would just walk up and pick the exact spot between the photographer and the wedding party. which leads me to believe that the party was walking around looking for a view and the photographer picked that spot. in that case, something like this is 100% the photographer’s fault. even if it were a case of someone just plopping down, then refusing to move. you can change the angle you’re shooting from or you can just find another spot.

    • LisaH says:

      The wedding party shouldn’t have even taken the photo in that spot. A good photographer would have noticed the shadows on the faces on the right and picked another spot.

  31. ephercat says:

    Oh, please, don’t get up! We’ll just work around you.

  32. rita says:

    This photo is all kinds of awful on so many levels. I love it!

  33. dawsonct says:

    I’m with you on that one Bob.
    But yeah, surely they could have framed the shot better.

  34. Warrick says:

    It’s a fake in my opinion.

  35. MomofBoys says:

    I am hoping this is not a pic take by a pro, and just a friend family memeber! If it WAS taken by the photographer, WT?! I get cropping, but the lighting is terrible, you can’t even see one half of the ppl’s faces! And someone already mentioned the background…

    • Jeff says:

      Virtually the entire right side of the picture is in shadow. Maybe they wanted Gas Works Park in the background, but it still doesn’t explain why the people weren’t cropped out.

      • Tamberam says:

        ….nor why the photograph was taken as a portrait shot and not a landscape shot when it clearly should have been. I think it was either an inexperienced happy-snapper or a photographer who saw the funny side when he/she looked through the camera viewer.

  36. Richerd says:


  37. Mel says:

    Kinda fuzzy background, but who’d want to take wedding pictures in front of a power plant?

    I think I know exactly where this was taken.

  38. Bob says:

    This looks an awful lot like Gasworks Park on Lake Union in Seattle.

    • Elizabeth says:

      I thought that, too! And before I was married (someplace else entirely) I had dreamed of a wedding there, as well. I’m glad to see this as I feel the loss of my dream has been vindicated somewhat.

  39. Jim says:

    I can imagine the photographer saying, “Don’t worry, that’ll crop right out”

  40. MrsFun says:

    One of the dangers of holding a wedding in a public place. The friggin’ public shows up.

  41. Abe says:

    Not as bad as the picture they took behind the homeless guy.

  42. Mel says:

    Oh, come ON. Tell me this is fake. Why would a photographer frame a shot like this?

  43. Luke S says:

    La Jolla?

  44. Will says:

    Lol what the heck

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