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Are These Nature Photos Real or Photoshopped?

Seeing isn’t always believing. Though most of what your eyes see actually exists, it’s getting incredibly easy for graphic artists to generate computer images that look like real life. And sometimes, what is real is too beautiful for anyone to ever believe! Have you ever looked at a sunset and thought that it wasn’t actually happening? Or have you ever played a video game and found it hard to believe that the graphics were not from real life? It happens to all of us. Perception is not always reality! Can you spot the difference between real nature photos and ones that are computer-generated? It is harder than you would think. Take a look at these twelve photos of forests, sunsets, lakes, mountains, deserts, flowers, lightning storms, cyclones, and clouds and tell us whether you think the images are real or fake. You won’t believe your eyes after taking this quiz!

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#1

This quiz will be like a walk through the forest. First question is the easiest — is this real or fake?

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  • Obviously real!

  • Obviously fake!

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#2

Here is a lake in Wyoming. Check out the reflection of the mountain! Is this real or fake?

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  • Real. You can’t create beauty like that!

  • Fake. It’s just too perfect.

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#3

Nothing like watching the sunset on a lake in the late summer! Is this real life or just a dream?

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  • This is a photo that happened to catch the light in an Insta-filter type of way.

  • This is someone’s illustration. If only we could such perfection existed!

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#4

You can walk through the desert and obviously see a mirage. What is this image of?

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  • Real sand dunes and real camels. So beautiful!

  • 3D-rendered mirage. Obviously.

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#5

Nature is full of beautiful patterns. Which of these patterns is actually an illustration?

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#6

Life is always sunny in Taiwan. Are these rays of sun real?

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  • Yes! So much light.

  • No. Life isn’t that beautiful.

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