Eye Sign Photo Manipulation

February 7, 2017
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For as long as pigeon fanciers have kept, raised, and competed with their beloved birds, the debate about whether ‘Eye Sign’ is just a theory or something else has raged.

The volumes that have been written in support of using ‘Eye Sign’ as a grading and or condition tools are too numerous to list. The amount of pages dedicated disproving ‘Eye Sign’ as a crackpot theory are just as numerous.

The advent of social media and for fanciers worldwide to connect, share ideas, and show off their champions and lofts has added tremendous value to the sport. Ideas that once would take years to become mainstream now spread at light speed. Discussions about ‘Eye Sign’ are not immune.

A short 9 second video was posted on a Taiwan fanciers Facebook page on February 2, 2017 and clearly shows how a person with computer editing skills can manipulate aspects of an eye to appear better or more desirable.

The idea of ‘photoshopping’ is not new, manipulated photos of pigeons blanket every magazine, webpage, and auction site worldwide. The understanding is that sellers want to present their birds in the best light to bring the highest amount of money possible. What is not accepted is the idea that a photo is manipulated to exaggerate features that some consider more desirable; like what we are seeing in these pictures.

Facebook video link: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=401655846837516&id=100009793129027

In these series of screenshots, you can see what the original eye photo. In the last picture, you can clearly see that the bird’s pupil was shrunk down to a more desirable size; thus giving the false impression the bird may have qualities that it does not possess.

Eye 1: Original eye photo before editing begins.

Eye 1: Original eye photo before editing begins.

Eye 2: The editor has started to reduce the pupil size.

Eye 2: The editor has started to reduce the pupil size.

Eye 3: Pupil has been reduced considerable from the original size. Editor cursor is still visible.

Eye 3: Pupil has been reduced considerable from the original size. Editor cursor is still visible.

Eye 4: Editing is complete.

Eye 4: Editing is complete.

 

A picture (in this case a video) is worth a thousand words…..

 

 

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2 Responses to Eye Sign Photo Manipulation

  1. Greg McKnight on February 7, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    Buyer Beware is what I’d have to say about these types of sellers. As soon as the said bird arrived at the new buyers home he would see the difference and return bird. Any eye-sign Aficionado would see this very quickly as enhanced.
    These unscrupulous sellers also manipulate and enhance the body shots to make them look more presentable.
    Editing doesn’t stop at eye sign!

    Deal with reputable sellers. Get referrals or credentials when purchasing.

    Yours in the sport,
    Greg McKnight

    • george romanescu on February 17, 2017 at 8:37 am

      hello greg,

      how are you doing my friend !!!

      your friend george is writting to you from bucharest/romania

      you are so right on your observation about eye sign and people that are using it the wrong way. i have seen a lot of this here.

      see ya soon

      GR

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