Yesterday, an absolutely insane photograph taken by a Tampa sports reporter and posted on Twitter went viral. The reporter, whose name is Kelly Nash, was taking a selfie from the top of the Green Monster at Boston’s historic Fenway Park, and the resulting photo just happened to catch a baseball whizzing by her head.
Of course, the Internet is a skeptical place, and many people were wondering if (or flat out asserting that) the pic had been photoshopped. So was it? Well, personally I’m inclined to think no. I doubt she would risk her career by perpetrating such a hoax. Moreover, there are a lot of photographs out there that are so amazing they look as though they have been photoshopped when they really have not. So just because something seems too incredible to be true, that doesn’t mean it isn’t.
To prove it to you, today we have this list of incredible photos that look photoshopped but aren’t. Ready to have your mind blown? Then get clicking.
Poor arithmetic aside, this is still one incredible photographic illusion done the old-fashioned way, without of Photoshop.
Nope, this is totally real. That little guy is Aditya Dev, recognized in 2006 by Guinness as the World’s Smallest Bodybuilder.
Sadly, though not surprisingly, he passed away in 2012 at the age of 23.
That really is a tennis court laid out on the helipad of the Burj Al Arab, the world’s most luxurious hotel. And those aren’t just any idiots playing out there. It’s Andre Agassi and Roger Federer.
Various photos of the same jet superimposed on top of each other? No, just the Blue angels flying in formation and caught at exactly the right time.
You can easily see how this is real and not photoshopped. But it is pretty trippy, and if I told you it was photoshopped you might believe it.
Find the right cloud and an empty ice cream cone and you can recreate this one yourself. No photoshopping skills required.
Nope, just an optical illusion.
This poor dog wishes this pic was photoshopped.
“Mommy, what’s that one dinosaur doing to the other dinosaur?”
This is neither a drawing of a tree nor a computer generated or enhanced rendering of a tree, but instead an aerial photograph of a dried up river bed in Mexico.
Just a four story table and chair set. Nothing to see here, folks.
Not photoshop. Just a high-tech laser art project.
You’ve probably seen this image before, either on the world wide interwebz or maybe on a poster in somebody’s dorm room, and you might have thought it was fake.
It is not. This is an actual photo of the famous Granville-Paris Express wreck at the Gare Montparnasse in Paris in 1895.
Weren’t the olden days awesome?
It probably would have been easier to photoshop this than to actually go out in the desert and create it. But what’s the fun in that?
Remax: number one in real estate balloon racing.
Don’t tell me you’ve never played tennis on the wings of a bi-plane before!
Simple and uncomplicated, yet awesome.
Did somebody photoshop out these guys’ heads and replace them with watermelons? Obviously not. They’re just wearing watermelon helmets…like you do.
No, your coworker didn’t spike your coffee with acid. This place actually exists. It’s in the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness area in Utah.
It looks like a line drawing of a Toyota Corolla superimposed on a streetscape. In reality, this is an actual life-size wire replica of a Corolla sitting in the street by artist Benedict Radcliffe.
This is real. I kid you not. Apparently there’s a rare type of cloud formation called “asperatus,” and apparently there is a whole society out there dedicated to “appreciating” them. (The “Cloud Appreciation Society”…cleverly enough.)
But if you don’t believe your eyes, see these other example, too…
Clouds don’t look much more photoshopped than that.
I’ll be honest, I did the fact-checking here and even I’m doubting this one. Do these clouds really exist?
We’ve all seen those photos where everything is black and white except for something cute like a flower or a baby. Well, the person in the center of this photograph decided to use a gray-scale Santa suit and excellent makeup (which you can see has rubbed off her neck a bit) to recreate a live version of the opposite of those photos.
Hats off to her, because this is brilliant and trippy.
If I didn’t know any better I would think is is a picture of guys playing basketball with a Navy aircraft carrier photoshopped into the background. However, I do know better—this is actually the 2011 Carrier Classic game between Michigan State and UNC, which really was played on the deck of the USS Carl Vinson.
This is a real housefly wearing real glasses. It was submitted to a science contest in 2005 to show off advances in laser cutting technology. So it really is possible to make glasses this small.
This doesn’t just look like a photoshop job. It looks like a bad photoshop job. However, this is a real photo of the world’s largest diamond mind just outside Mirny, Russia, not someone’s attempt to make it look like a wormhole is eating through the earth.
Though it looks like someone has simply superimposed a cool geometric drawing in front of a picture of some majestic mountains, this is actually a work of art by a guy named Motoi Yamamoto. The entire thing is made of salt.
Unfortunately, this Norwegian hockey player has not really discovered the secret to invisibility. It’s just a photo that catches his helmet in the air while his head is tucked down.
“The Panic Room” is the actual name of this trippy Parisian hotel room.
A plane crashed into the Empire State Building in 1945. This was the result.
Just two Disney engineers working on an animatronic caveman circa 1964.
I swear, this is not photoshopped. Look closely.
See it, at the bottom? This entire building is covered with a canvas with an image of a trippy building.
This can’t be real, right? Well, it is. This is Wendy, a whippet who lives in British Columbia and suffers from an extremely rare genetic mutation that results in insane muscle growth.
This is actually a giant sculpture in New Zealand by artist Alan Gibbs. It’s just a stainless steel outline.
Photographer Andrew Pavlov builds tiny miniature scenes, then puts real ants in them and photographs them. It’s some of the most surreal real photography you’ll ever see. (See more here.)
The guy on the left was born without arms while the guy on the right was born without legs. So what did they do for a living? Obviously, they did what anyone with any physical disability did back in the 19th century: joined the circus.
Nope, still not photoshop. Artist Berndnaut Smilde created a bunch of mist in a room, then sealed it off and carefully controlled the temperature and humidity so that the mist would form a real indoor cloud.
Hooray for science!
Just like the pic of the kid eating a cloud ice cream cone, you too can create this image with the right cloud and good timing.
If I came out a door, turned right, and saw this in front of me, I’d probably call my doctor.
Photoshop? No. Some insane art project in which the artist actually died a whole series of rolling hills? No. This is a naturally occurring scene from the Danxia Landform in China. Believe it.
Photoshopped Martian landscape? No, just Montana.
Ever wonder what a full-body mirror suit would look like? Well, here you go.
Hard to believe at first glance, but this is a real photograph created with one single shot. I’m not going to explain it, though. Let’s see if you can figure it out yourself.
What seems more believable: (a) that this is a photoshopped image, or (b) that it’s a real photo taken at a festival in Scotland dedicated to St. Anthony that involves running horses through bonfires?
Photoshop? Noooo, just a toxic chemical spill in Hungary. No biggie.
What, you’ve never seen a two-faced cat before?
This doesn’t even look real…and yet it is. (Read more about this cat here.)
Not only does this photo look fake, but it’s also the exact kind of scene that people love to “enhance” with silly photofinishing techniques. However, I assure you this is not fake. It’s just a rainbow in Yosemite’s Bridevale waterfall.
I hope that double rainbow guy didn’t see this. His head would have exploded.