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Is she a Photoshopped Beauty or a Very Rare Beauty?

Updated on March 18, 2012

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Dear Friends and Readers, kindly help me out with a photography exercise. Thanks.

In 2010, an African couple in London gave birth to a blonde baby with blue eyes. She was born in St Mary’s hospital and is definitely not an Albino.

Professor Bryan Sykes, from head of Human Genetics at Oxford University, said that both parents would have needed some form of white ancestry for a pale version of their genes to be passed on. He said the only way to explain what happened was due to some form of genetic mutation. Full Story (photo of family - right)

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I saw the photo below recently, (not in a blog or story) and the little girl looks so gorgeous, with striking blue eyes. However, technology is so clever and sometimes it’s hard to tell if you are looking at a true photo or a photoshopped one. Part of me thinks it could be real, due to the story above and part of me thinks maybe not. Not an issue, I’m just curious…

Do you think the photo is real or Photoshopped?

Whatever the answer, she is a lovely girl. It's just those eyes..... (◕‿◕)

Also, how do you detect a photoshopped image?

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      Elena 3 years ago from London, UK

      @FlourishAnyway - Thanks. I appreciate you stopping by and for sharing too. :-)

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      I truly don't know, but this is a fascinating question. I like the little boy's expression in the first photo and his sister's. They seem to be telegraphing how they feel about the whole situation. Pinning this!

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      Elena 4 years ago from London, UK

      @GetitScene

      Oh.... I remember that photie. Awesome photographer - though I don't the name. Genes can be so amazing. Thanks

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      Dale Anderson 4 years ago from The High Seas

      Reminds me of that famous Time magazine cover of the young Middle Eastern girl with the green eyes. That was WAY before photoshop and they found her again 30 years later so I don't see why this one couldn't be real too.

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      Elena 4 years ago from London, UK

      Hello Support Med,

      That's so interesting to read. Thanks for the link. I will definitely check it out. Genetics are definitely amazing. Lovely of you to stop by and have a lovely Christmas.

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      Support Med. 4 years ago from Michigan

      I'm not a photo shop expert either so I can't say. But definitely, beautiful. However, I know it can happen. My uncle had a neighbor whose daughter's skin was chocolate brown, but had blue eyes, we would see her often when we visited him-outside running around playing like any other child. One of my best friends who is also dark brown skinned - all 3 of her children were born looking like they were Caucasian - but they all got darker as they got older, now they are just as brown as she is. I saw a movie about this that was based on a true story - parents were white, and child came out looking 'black' - The name of the movie is "Skin." Here's a link to a trailer - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vy6PnJUTJoc Maybe you can rent the movie from the library or read about the real woman - her name is Sandra Laing.

      So, I guess if it can happen with a Caucasian couple, it can happen with a Black couple as well. Genetics is amazing isn't it??????? Just one of those things that make you go 'Hmmmm'.

      Here is a link that may add some insight in case you have not seen it already - (http://www.afroromance.com/fyooz/white-mother-whit...

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detail...

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      Elena 4 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks Alec for your observations, it's so hard to tell if a photo is real these days. I'm glad you stopped by.

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      Alec 4 years ago

      The first picture has incorrect shadows, the second one wih the girl is harder but she has a black outline around her iris which is not normal i think, but these are guess's I would go would photo shop though

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      Cheers unknown spy...I bet you are 007 in disguise. :-)

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      wow, such a beauty..

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      @Janine

      Thanks Janine - it's nice to have another opinion. :-)

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      Janine 5 years ago

      Photoshopped for sure. Blue eyes don't look like that..the natural circular lines & designs within the REAL eyes aren't there.

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      Hi Timetraveler

      Thanks for sharing that. Aawwh... lovely. She is a lucky girl. I have missed you too and will be over soon with my virtual cup of coffee. :-)

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      TIMETRAVELER2 5 years ago

      I knew about this family from some research I was doing and am certain there has been no photoshopping of that photo. And all I can say about the little girl with the gorgeous eyes is this: If, in fact, those eyes are real, she is going to be one very rich person as she ages. Elizabeth Taylor was famous for her violet eyes, and you know how THAT wound up! By the way, have missed hearing from you lately...come back and visit!

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      @Ruchira

      So True, Ruchira. It's difficult to spot real photos.

      Thanks

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Wonderful hub Elena..I can't differentiate between photshopped and a normal pix but, you sure have pointed out a very important issue.

      Lately so many pix are being photoshopped that normal is difficult to observe.

      voted up as interesting!

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      @Brinafr3sh

      Lol Brina. I'm glad you understand my point. I get so curious about things. I enjoyed reading your comment. Thanks. Take Care...

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      @Deborrah K Ogans

      Wow... thanks for sharing that. So amazing. The world is probably changing our genes a bit. Beautiful to know. :-)

      @Dexter

      Cheers Dexter. She is really lovely. Good to see you. Hope all is well in the "White House". I will drop by your Hubs to see what Mr O is up to. :-)

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      Brinafr3sh 5 years ago from West Coast, United States

      Wow very interesting, it's been said that all races originated from Africa. Maybe God is trying to tell us all something, now I'm curious just like you; Hmmmm...

      Voted up.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      I can't tell from the photo if it is digitally changed. But she is certainly a beautiful child, Lady E!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 5 years ago

      LadyE, It is possible! My daughter has two very blued eyed very fair skinned children born sixteen months apart and one of them also has blond hair! Even the nurses where surprised at their birth!

      GOD BLESS YOU!

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      Hi Dave - They are 2 different babies. I was trying to show readers that it could be possible, due to the story of the African family. I found the photo of the girl below and wondered if she had similar genes or not.

      Thanks for stopping..........Cheers. :)

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      @Anglnwu - So true.... :) Thanks for stopping. Best Wishes.

      @Always Exploring - Cheers Ruby. Good to see you. :)

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      @Deborrah K Ogans - Thanks for stopping. She is lovely. Best Wishes

      @Paxwill - Thanks for stopping but there are 2 different stories in the Hub. I didn't see the photo of the girl in a story. (It was a photo pasted on facebook)

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      Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Lady_E: The photo below, is not a photo of a white child, although the child does have blue eyes, which Latinos also have. Further more the child in the photo below, has seemed to have lost its blond hair that it was shown to have been born with in the upper photo.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I don't have an inkling about photoshopping. The baby is beautiful. I have heard of this happening. They all look happy, that's the most important..Thank's for sharing...

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      anglnwu 5 years ago

      The girl's eyes are amazingly beautiful. I don't know much about photoshop but you raised an interesting question--these days, photoshop can make anything happen. Interesting hub.

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      paxwill 5 years ago

      I imagine that a British newspaper wouldn't run this story about a British family unless several people had seen the child in person, so I doubt there's any Photoshop involved. Very interesting hub and voted up!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 5 years ago

      LadyE, Lovely and interesting hub! She is a beautiful child! Thank You for sharing, Peace & Blessings!

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      @Paulgc

      Lol. I laughed a lot at the way you wrote your comment. Don't get me wrong. It was very useful.

      So, photoshop is like an art then. All about creativity. I hope sometime this year, I can find the software and have a play with it. Seems amazing.

      Thanks so much for sharing and for your patience... 5 times. :)

      Best Wishes.

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      @RG Nestle

      Wow.... thanks soooooo much for taking time to post that very useful comment. Next time I need to check a photo, I will have a copy of your comments to hand.

      I didn't think of zooming in on the photo - which seems so easy to do.

      You've shared lots of interesting/practical ways to detect a photoshopped photo and thanks for giving your conclusion too.

      Cheers.

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      @editorsupremo

      That's interesting. I have noticed that many Carib's have lovely hazel eyes. Not seen green yet, however, Leona Lewis has lovely light green eyes. Maybe one of her parents is from the caribbean (She is of mixed race).

      Thanks for stopping.

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      @Stars439 Thanks for stopping. Best Wishes.

      @Prasetio - Cheers Prasetio. Yes, she is beautiful. Not to worry. I appreciate you stopping by.

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      paulgc 5 years ago

      Very interesting article...The genetic anomaly is both beautiful and amazing.

      I am trying to answer your question about detecting photoshop use but i'm finding it very difficult to put in to words what my brain is thinking,(i'm a bit tired) lol.

      This is my fifth attempt at a plausible explanation:)

      Most people will ensure that there photoshop work is undetectable to the average viewer. In the case above, the editor of that image may have changed the colour of the girls eyes completely, i have done similar on many occasion,however, he/she has endevoured to make sure that the work looks as natural as can be. Therefore in this instance, unless you actually know the girl in person then your not going to know if this image has been photoshoppped.

      In the case of a model on the front cover of OK magazine, you can pretty much guarantee that her spots, blemishes,and slight wrinkles have all been air brushed out. There is specialised software that will air brush a persons face and leave it looking perfect.

      Photo manipulation has been going on since photography was first invented. Photo journalists can get into big trouble if they mess about with a photo, in fact i know of one photojournalist who lost his job after he tampered with a photo that he took of a burning building.

      There, i think i'm done...no wait a minute...yep that's it,lol.

      Thanks for sharing, voted up and interesting.

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      RGNestle 5 years ago from Seattle

      There are several things to look for in a "Photoshopped" picture.

      You can often see edges around parts which may have been added. They appear as darker areas or lines at the extremity of the added part.

      Often there will be incorrect light sources; the new part casting no shadow or having shadow patterns that don't match the rest of the picture.

      "Relics" may often be seen in modified pictures. Little spots of distortion which may only appear on the original part of the photo or may only appear on the newly added portion of the image.

      Differences in tone from one part of the image to another is a good clue to its origins too. If the tone or contrast don't match, it very likely could be Photoshopped.

      Close up scrutiny of the suspected parts may reveal areas of new image that were erased when put into the photo, but may not have been erased enough. This could also be included in the "relics" section, but is different enough in source to warrant singular mention.

      Without seeing the images in better resolution, there is not much I can do to tell if they are real or not.

      Zooming in on them with my browser, I can see no actual anomalies. Well, the picture of the little girls with the amazing eyes might have incorrect pupil dilation, but it's hard to say. They seem too perfectly round and small since they are in shade, but the light around her seems very bright which would account for their size.

      I have seen children with eyes like this before. I would say that both photos have a very good chance of being authentic.

      Liked the Hub! Keep them coming!

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      editorsupremo 5 years ago from London, England

      It is quite possible to be real. I have members of my family who are full black caribs with green eyes. She is beautiful though.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I am not photoshop expert, but She's so beautiful. Thanks for share with us. ~prasetio

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      stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Wonderful, and informative hub. God Bless You Precious Heart.