Friday, April 15, 2016

Not the best selfie ever

Several readers have e-mailed this picture to me, claiming that it's the 'best selfie ever'.

Er . . . no, it isn't.  Check the reflection in his sunglasses.

Photoshop, or something similar.



Joel said...

Saw that earlier today, and while it's clearly fake, my Photoshop-fu isn't strong enough to say just what got patched onto what. And I completely missed the reflection - I just said, "his hair's too perfect, that tie would be somewhere around his back, his legs would be disappearing into an engine, and his pilot would be murdering him."

Also, do airliner cockpit windows still open? I dunno - maybe they do. They used to.

Joe Mama said...

Turbine vanes appear to be stationary. I don't know if any camera would "freeze" them in normal light.

Jacquejet said...

F/O's are always showing off.

Richard Blaine said...

My best guess: The plane was cut from a stationary image, the man was cut from another image, the background is a thrid image. I suspect the shadow was painted. it's a lot of work and in and of itself is kinda cool.

Second guess - He's either found a way to squeeze out the cockpit window, or he's on a ladder leaning out. I think the ladder is more likely. The background image is separate.

Turbine vains are stationary
Reflection in Glasses is wrong
There is no wind effect on his hair or skin.
His tie is hanging

Jacquejet said...

Where is his hat?

Quartermaster said...

Not at 200+ knots. The sunglasses would be gone and he would, at a minimum, be plastered against the AC hanging on like it meant his life, because it would.

Anonymous said...

He's not standing on a ladder. 737s are built with cockpit side windows that slide open to allow the crew to escape a crashed aircraft, there's even a knotted escape rope in a cubbyhole in the ceiling. Most new designs (the 737 first flew in the '60s) have a central escape hatch on top.