December 5, 2013

Lighthouse, Portugal

Photograph by Veselin Malinov

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A huge ocean storm, Porto, Portugal, January 2013

Editor's Note, December, 2013: Since first posting this picture, we've received additional information. In order to show waves both in the foreground and background, two images were blended together.

(This photo and caption were submitted to the 2013 National Geographic Photo Contest.)


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247 comments
Tim Lửa
Tim Lửa

Photoshop or not, it is not of my concern. What matters me here is the massage transfered by the photographer. Most intense and amazing.

Peter Neve
Peter Neve

How I would love to be in that light house looking out the window and a huge fishing net out the back

Ricardo Sudoku
Ricardo Sudoku

Hello everyone,

Don't know about real or fake since i don't have any experience in the photography but in my humble opinion seems real so many congratulation for the work.

About the several comments of persons saying they lived near that lighthouse and its impossible to have that.

I'm from Porto i don't live near that lighthouse but i was today there and i'm quite positive that i saw waves just like that.
This is a new video on youtube, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fELWz6kvs5M and if you look around minute 0:30 when the author focus the lighthouse, the wave goes over it, just like the one in the picture above. Between see the rest of the video the many users that are saying Porto doesn't have storms like that... yes it's not normal but today there was..,

So until any evidences to contrary, the author seems to have authentic work so once again congratulation.
With my best regards

Liseta Mendes
Liseta Mendes

 Mr. Ricardo F seems to be extremely jealous of the author of this picture. I lived near this lighthouse, I've been a lifeguard in beaches nearby and breath taking  images like this one happen every year. Some storms, like the living tides that happen normally in the end of August and beginning of September, and others that occur multiple times in winter, do cause the sea to cover the aisle to the lighthouse and do cause scary splashes like the one in this pic. There is a beach nearby called Praia do Molhe,with a pier much bigger and much higher then the one in this pic, and the waves can still entirely cover the aisle on that one, unfortunately  many people have died in this pier, as they adventure themselves on the aisle even when there is chains to block the passage as an attempt to keep people safe.I'm a witness as I personally helped at least once in the searches for 2 people that miserably were dragged to the sea from the pier and consequently died . It would be nice if Mr. Ricardo F. would keep his comments to himself, as it is so ugly and wrong to vilify the author of this picture. I actually don't know who is the author, but i congratulate him for the good work.

Liseta Mendes
Liseta Mendes

Mr. Ricardo F seems to be extremely jealous of the author of this picture. I lived near this lighthouse, I've been a lifeguard in beaches nearby and breath taking  images like this one happen every year. Some storms, like the living tides that happen normally in the end of August and beginning of September, and others that occur multiple times in winter, do cause the sea to cover the aisle to the lighthouse and do cause scary splashes like the one in this pic. There is a beach nearby called Praia do Molhe,with a pier much bigger and much higher then the one in this pic, and the waves can still entirely cover the aisle on that one, unfortunately  many people have died in this pier, as they adventure themselves on the aisle even when there is chains to block the passage as an attempt to keep people safe.I'm a witness as I personally helped at least once in the searches for 2 people that miserably were dragged to the sea from the pier. It would be nice if Mr. Ricardo F. would keep his comments to himself, as it is so ugly and wrong to vilify the author of this picture. I actually don't know who is the author, but i congratulate him for the good work.

Haily Gemsun
Haily Gemsun

This photo gives fear..........., Great Snap

water bird
water bird

since it appears that this photo has gone against the regulations , it should be taken off the site .


Brian Grover
Brian Grover

wow! the contrast in colors is amazing and just the site of this is,well, WOW! 

Sonja Knittel-Hliddal
Sonja Knittel-Hliddal

Wow. Simply spectacular. This moment is one of those reward moments for waiting and waiting for the right shot. Very well done. 

Sue Cullumber
Sue Cullumber

Love this - so beautiful!  Must have been incredible to have been there!

Giovanni Pascarella
Giovanni Pascarella

To any honest, real photographer the accusation for manipulation is such a bad and shameful one that would make him/her RUN LIKE A FLASH to the archives to upload and show the original..especially because we're on NG here, not on 500px. 

Ricardo F
Ricardo F

Dear National Geographic, I understand that you do not have anyone working fulltime to debunk or verify the authenticity of photos, but in some cases (in suspicious photos like this one) it is possible to do that with a simple internet search (without having to personally know the place). Search with the keywords: “farol foz douro” or “farol felgueiras douro”.

This photo is not real, and the author is clearly not ashamed to say otherwise, but it is your job to verify correctly its authenticity.
Although the waves are real, the photo is manipulated,it has more than one picture joined together, the lighthouse is strategically placed (or the waves in front of it are), which is not acceptable by your rules:http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photo-contest/guidelines/

I leave here some photos of the pathway and lighthouse seen facing towards the photographer, to compare later with those from the author :
http://www.flickr.com/photos/66009608@N00/3227072454  
http://www.flickr.com/photos/65661810@N00/4156837178  
http://www.flickr.com/photos/35470192@N07/3288123634

To study the position of the rocks, not only laterally from the wall but also the distance in depth in relation to the position of the lighthouse, here are some photos (you can find more on the internet):
a)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nunosousa/2548210255/
b)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nunosousa/2314389445/lightbox/

Now the author - http://500px.com/vale_en :
1 - In this photo we see the lighthouse on the diagonal:
http://500px.com/photo/35414154  It has a hexagonal structure, and it is possible to see the full width of two walls and a 3rd (the left one) with reduced angle, about 1/3 of the other two. You can also see in the grid on top of the lighthouse more than 4 vertical rods. Also you can tell how the pathway wall is.

2 - In all the following photos we can see the lighthouse orientation as if we were standing in the pathway. This position is verified by symmetrical and proportional width of the visible walls and the top glasses, and also by the 4 vertical rods above. Being more or less away, zooming in or out, all photos were taken from the same angle/place!

http://500px.com/photo/28161687 - This is the most notorious fake photo, you can see several steps in the wall, which is clearly the new pier wall, the one on the left and not the lighthouse pathway itself, as can be seen here - http://500px.com/photo/24875765  So what is the lighthouse doing in this position, on top of the new wall?! Also check the type of dispersion of the waves, not only similar away from the viewer (and going left to right) but mainly closer on the left side when the water hits the protrusions of the new pier wall, and the small wave approaching the photographer (between the piers)... only this photo would have been sufficient to be doubtful about the others. 

http://500px.com/photo/32641349 - Here we see part of the left pier wall, and although the lighthouse is already on the right in the photo, its position is not correct.

http://500px.com/photo/27307119 - I see something on the left (new pier), but once again the lighthouse pathway is not seen...and those waves "exploding" in front of the lighthouse, if they were hitting the lighthouse pathway (which should be centered ) they could not be so much to the left side...

http://500px.com/photo/25386323 - here we see a wave "born" in front of the lighthouse (remember that the lighthouse pathway is oriented towards the viewer), reaches the land without going through any obstacle. Also, the top of the lighthouse went wrong in photoshop, the side windows are missing. And very suspicious that rock on the right...

http://500px.com/photo/41047288 - another wave emerges in front of the lighthouse, and although the rock is in the same position, the lighthouse is closer to the viewer compared to the previous photo.

http://500px.com/photo/34372828 - the same rock on the right but closer to the lighthouse... and the lighthouse pathway is completely covered again as if we were watching at the sea level on the beach. And we can clearly see a transition between the pictures above and below, between the vertical propagation of waves behind and the wave oncoming ahead, it is perceptible 2 images joined together.

http://500px.com/photo/26908997 - another very "weird" photo about the lighthouse pathway (not seen) and the waves approaching land...

In all these photos in front of the lighthouse, it is never possible to see the pathway structure, which would never be completely covered (except with a tsunami), and the waves are reaching land without any obstacle, as if they were not dispersed at the rear wall of the lighthouse...and also come symmetrical along the horizontal photo, as if they were not going (obviously not) over the structure in the middle of it - the lighthouse pathway. It is clear that these waves (at the bottom of the photos) that approach the photographer are very similar to those that typically come between the 2 piers, these photos/close-up waves could never be taken from the lighthouse pathway extension, maybe from the beach, but to prove they were taken between piers, here is a photo of the rock that lies between them (compare with the previous pictures) and not on the right of the lighthouse: http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/details/lights/1000024398

And if this rock was one of those in the background on the right and parallel to the lighthouse, as you can see in the pictures a) and b), it could never be visible like this if the photos were taken in front of the lighthouse.

You do not need to live in Porto and know the place to get all these conclusions studying other photos in the internet, and Mr. Veselin Malinov should know better. Read again the rules about digital manipulation and shame on you to say this is a genuine photo.

Fatima Santos
Fatima Santos

Well let’s see ...yes maybe there was a bit of manipulation on the picture, those days all the pictures have a little of work, that´s way they appear so great. But I have already seen those kind of storms and images, after all I live at about 300 mts of the lighthouse, so I know what I’m talking about. The image is very real, and I’m sorry to say but the video presented is not a good comparison since the image isn’t’ still enough to match pictures all we can see is the beach, the coffee’s places and listen to the music. Not a great idea comparing the two.

But at the end for me what is fantastic is the fact that my home place, my city is beautiful, and that a world of people can see it too.

Best regards to national geography and the photographer.

figen y.
figen y.

Congratulations
fabulous photography

Zé Neves
Zé Neves

Unfortunately, even though we have this kind of storms here in Foz do Douro, Porto, Portugal, this image it's not entirely real.
 The rock that appears on the right side of the pic is way more close to the lighthouse and more to the outside, the access (catwalk?) to the lighthouse is missing. There was digital manipulation of this picture.
 I leave you guys a video made by me of another storm in the same place so you guys can compare it with the pic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpHOBtFTzCo


 Cheers
 

Ricardo Rodrigues
Ricardo Rodrigues

@Ricardo Sudoku
If you really saw the video you posted, you saw that the composition of the photo is impossible. Even NG already post a comment saying that this is is a blend of 2 photos.

The Storm is real, but this image clearly NO.

Even NG says that they have the info that this is the result of a 2 photos blending. For me i can detect at least 4 different photos.

About the author: he post several comments refering that this photo is real, and even after NG refer that is photo is un-real, he never post a "sorry"... for me this is not a Photographer but a scammer and a crook.

SHAME ON HIM.


PS: Why people stay referring that this photo can be real, even after NG recognizes that isn't, and even after so many proofs about the photographer's scam?

Rui N.
Rui N.

@Liseta MendesMr. Ricardo F. is abolutely right and it is not a matter of being jealous... this is a blending of 2 or more pictures... Now it is already recognized that there are 2 pictures here, but in my opinion this a blending of 3 pictures at least. For sure that each picture is magnificent, as I have also photographed here lots of times. The issue is that it is not right trying to foul us that this was a unique photography. The rules are vey clear on this: "Please submit photographs that are un-manipulated and real, and that capture those special moments in time. The world is already full of visual artifice, and we don’t want the National Geographic Photography Contest to add to it. We want to see the world through your eyes, not the tools of Photoshop or setup photography."

When I saw this photo for the firsty time, my thought was immediately "What a FAKE photo this is!!"... and after I saw all the comments also with that feeling...

Don't congratulate the author for these photos and for this FAKE... not even the Photoshop work is good...

Ricardo F
Ricardo F

Another one - http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/photos/1109437/ - we can see a wave hitting the front of the lighthouse...or it came from the land (?!), or it is obviously hitting the protrusions of the new pier wall (those who live in Porto know how this works in this place) and the lighthouse would have to be located farther to the right. And that stupid rock again...come on. More pictures about the rock between the 2 piers: 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/nuno-gomes/4274729281/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/nuno-gomes/4291832748/

But here again on the right of the lighthouse?! http://500px.com/photo/26249933 That spectacular splash usually takes place on the left pier (the new one), this photo was taken in that direction (that’s why we see the rock) but the author strategically placed a diagonal photo of the lighthouse and its pathway. You can see the lack of detail on the manipulated top right of the lighthouse (next to the antenna), and also in the end of the pier where the wall meets the waves…poor stuff. And the splashing is not exactly on the lighthouse, it is further behind, otherwise a small part of the left pier wall wouldn´t be visible on the background, the waves crashing on the lighthouse would not allow to see it.

Zé Neves
Zé Neves

Fatima Santos:
I began filming at Praia dos Ingleses from inside my car and at that point of course you can't compare it BUT when i parked my car and went filming to the new peer and right after to the Praia do Carneiro (where I'm absolutely sure this pic was taken from) there you can PAUSE the video and notice that the pathway to the lighthouse is missing and the rock is not really in that spot.
 Please notice that i never said that this storms don't happen here, i know they happen and I've seen it a lot of times and even when I was a foolish teenager and couldn't go Bodyboard because of the stormy ocean I used to go with my friends to the far point of the lighthouse and as soon as the waves crashed into the round wall we would put ourselves into the most lower position we could so we wouldn't be dragged away.
 We DO have this kind of beautiful and insane waves breaking both in the lighthouse as in the new peer that was built few years ago.
 As you probably could retrieve from this post of mine I also live near to the lighthouse (I live almost in front of Chalé Suisso and until I was 9 years old I lived in the first line of houses in Praia do Ourigo) and i also went to school at Escola Primária nº85, that along with the Castelo and the former ISN are the buildings closest to the lighthouse.
 Like you, I'm also proud to see an icon of "my" Foz do Douro appear on National Geographic but we got to keep it real and point the mistakes that exist in the pic.
 See Ricardo F's post and you will see what I was trying to explain.

 Best regards,
 Zé Neves

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