I don’t think the 2 photos from the previous post are really doctored, but they are indeed taken with cameras of different F-stop. I am not really a photography person, but this is what I can do with my Sony T9 camera:


This is the “normal view” that we see usually.


And this simulates a camera with a different F-stop. I’m not sure if it’s higher or lower. Haha… sorry, very unprofessional ya? But that’s about all that I can do. The first picture makes the 2 objects look very far apart, but the second one makes them look very close together – and the objects are not moved.

So if you look at this:


And this:


It’s probably the same effects as what I was trying to achieve – by playing with the F-stop; so there really isn’t really any doctored photos. Yet. =)

Reader's Comments

  1. Lab Rat | November 22nd, 2007 at 11:27 am

    Actually, it’s simpler than that.

    Both photos are done with different lenses – one with a wide-angle lens, and the other with a telephoto lens. The effect of the telephoto is to make the background appear closer.

    Here are some good explanations:

  2. daddyisrich | November 22nd, 2007 at 12:05 pm

    The question here is not whether it is being “doctored” or not. But the time it appeared during the hearing and coincidentally the photo taken with the background of Johor being so close to the lighthouse. As opposed to what the naked eye should see normally.

  3. BrightEyes | November 22nd, 2007 at 11:20 pm

    There’s also this technique called a “dolly zoom” that can actually make the distance between two objects appear much smaller than it is.

    Filmmakers have used this before to get an effect.

  4. getalife | November 28th, 2007 at 1:54 pm

    The case will not be decided on these photos. I am afraid that Singapore will definitely lose Peda Branca.

    On October 27, 1969, the Government of Malaysia and the Government of the Republic of Indonesia entered into an Agreement dividing the continental shelf between the two countries. Ratifications were exchanged on November 7, 1969.

    The agreement included Pedra Branca and middle rocks as territory of Malaysia. Singapore never protest.

    Also included Pedra Branca and middle rocks as territory of Malaysia in 1970 Indonesia/Malaysia Teritorial sea agreement and 1973 Singapore/Indonesia Agreement.

    From these agreements, Indonesia never thought that another country other than Malaysia has sovereignty over Pedra Branca and the middle rocks.

    These are legal documents. Singapore MFA team never really studied the documents and gave away sovereignty of Pedra Branca and middle rocks to Malaysia.

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