Confirmed: Peter Lik’s “Moonlit Dreams” is a composite

Feb 12, 2018

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Confirmed: Peter Lik’s “Moonlit Dreams” is a composite

Feb 12, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Not long ago, one of Peter Lik’s moon photos caused quite a stir. The community called him out for photoshopping the image, and Jared Polin has received the confirmation from Lik’s team. Yes, Moonlit Dreams is officially a composite.

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As the debate over the photo was heating up, Jared contacted Lik’s studio for confirmation. After a while, they replied to his email confirming that the photo is, in fact, a composite. They added that they’ve been open about this topic even before the photo was released.

I think it’s great that Jared heard back from Lik’s studio and that they admitted the truth behind the photo. However, it doesn’t seem as they’ve been open about it from the start. As Jared points out, on the Moonlit Dreams website, you can’t find the information about whether it’s a composite or not.

As for Moonlit Dreams on Lik’s website, the link to the photo is now broken. When you search for it on the website, you’ll get no results. So, it appears Lik’s team has removed it from his website, although the dedicated Moonlit Dreams site is still up.

Jared points out that it probably wouldn’t affect the potential buyers if it was noted that the photo was a composite. I tend to agree: I believe most people would just buy a photo they like, no matter if it’s a composite or not. Lik’s team has confirmed it now, which is certainly a way to end this debate. Although, it probably would have spared them the stress if they did it earlier. I guess they should have noted it somewhere when the photo was published, at least in the fine print.

[CONFIRMED FAKE: Peter Lik’s Moonlit Dreams Is A Composite | Jared Polin; lead image: YouTube screenshot (left), Bagima (right)]

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36 responses to “Confirmed: Peter Lik’s “Moonlit Dreams” is a composite”

  1. Daniel Shortt Avatar
    Daniel Shortt

    in the words of everyone who has used a camera and have seen this…creation “Yahh don’t say!”

    1. Chris Chinnock Avatar
      Chris Chinnock

      And the words of anyone who has seen the moon!

    2. Daniel Shortt Avatar
      Daniel Shortt

      Well it is the moon,just not one on the horizon

  2. Daniel Shortt Avatar
    Daniel Shortt

    I like how they still refer to it as a photograph. lol!

  3. Paul Richards Avatar
    Paul Richards

    why would it affect sales. The people that buy these images don’t care

    1. Jerimiah Miles Avatar
      Jerimiah Miles

      Its an ethics thing… If you don’t admit a photo is a composition and pass it off as an in camera capture then you are effectively lying. That is frowned upon in the photographic community. In fact bringing their photographic/journalistic integrity into question has ruined many photographers careers. It would be like going into a restrestaurant ordering a steak… Getting spam, then, still being told its a steak. That being said I don’t know whether or not this photographer did that. Have a good day

    2. Paul Richards Avatar
      Paul Richards

      Jerimiah Miles I agree with you. However, I don’t think his clients are bothered. They pay enough for them, and probably look at them as art, rather than whether they are created from one image. Its generally only photographers that will be bothered enough to ask these questions

  4. Steven Avatar
    Steven

    He has a WHOLE WEBSITE for ONE photograph?

  5. George Salt Avatar
    George Salt

    Non-story? – all genres of photography including fine art and landscape have relied upon composites, negative manipulation, and fine printing skills for almost a century and a half. Since the inception of photography.

    The whole “get it right in camera” puritanical hand-wringing is a recent innovation, the primary goal of which is to drive gear sales.

    1. TByte Avatar
      TByte

      “get it right in camera” relates to exposures, white balance, focus points, etc.
      Composites (and bad ones, as “Moonlit Dreams” was) are a different story. They are not merely interpreting data, but fabricating it.

      1. George Salt Avatar
        George Salt

        Fabricated data has been a part of photography since photography started. Outside of a journalistic context it’s not something to get worked up about. There is no purity of art or craft to be gained from using a single raw exposure.

        People are just pissed Lik’s got the business side of things licked and can make silly money selling his prints by the square foot.

  6. Anthony Guerriere Avatar
    Anthony Guerriere

    Yes…we know…as does every other photography page we follow that shows in our news feeds lol.

  7. Alex Clogston Avatar
    Alex Clogston

    Also confirmed: water is wet.

    1. Chris Chinnock Avatar
      Chris Chinnock

      ? In other news – people are thick!

  8. Logan Laloo Avatar
    Logan Laloo

    NS

  9. Han Grevelink Avatar
    Han Grevelink

    De Nachtwacht van Rembrandt is a composite too.

  10. Trino Pam Avatar
    Trino Pam

    Also confirmed: we already knew & who gives a fork?

  11. pincherio Avatar
    pincherio

    Really sloppy work when you have clouds floating behind the moon.

    1. GottaSay Avatar
      GottaSay

      Are you sure? I think the clouds could have perfectly lined up on the edge of the moon. Kind of like that phantom picture where the dust redistributed itself in the shape of a woman just in time for him to capture it.

  12. Jade Holing Avatar
    Jade Holing

    What always boggles my mind, is the outright inability of so many people, that are unable to truly observe the world around them, that an image such as this, isn’t obviously fake from the get go?!

  13. Chris Lapointe Avatar
    Chris Lapointe

    He never said it wasn’t. Why is this “news worthy”?

    1. Christina Gault Walter Avatar
      Christina Gault Walter

      Actually he did. If you even go to one of his galleries they are very stern in saying that Lik does not even use any photoshop. I’ve been to a few of his galleries and they all say the same thing. He’s also removed the photo from his sight.

    2. Larry Carr Avatar
      Larry Carr

      He did actually say it was real. He stated how for many years the shot alluded him than one day everything lined up and the shot was made. (Paraphrased)

    3. Chris Lapointe Avatar
      Chris Lapointe

      Christina Gault Walter weird, because in the email they sent to Jared Polin, they state they were up front with it being a composite.

    4. Christina Gault Walter Avatar
      Christina Gault Walter

      Chris Lapointe nope. Not true. If you watch other stories on it he states his photos are real shots. Including this one. If you take a look at another shot he “took” he uses the same moon photo in it too. This was not from Jared Poplins video either.

    5. Chris Lapointe Avatar
      Chris Lapointe

      Christina Gault Walter here is the link where you can see the email they sent to Jared. That being said, if people are up in arms, obviously someone was lying about it at one point or another.

      https://froknowsphoto.com/confirmed-fake-peter-liks/

  14. Marius Budu Avatar
    Marius Budu

    I would like to go on record and say: “Duuuuh!” :P

  15. soul68 Avatar
    soul68

    Can we talk more about it just not being a very good image regardless? It’s pretty cheese whiz if you ask me.

    1. TByte Avatar
      TByte

      Yup.
      I’m no photoshop pro, but I wouldn’t have created that image even if I could.
      And people pay for it?

  16. Svante Ekholm Lindahl Avatar
    Svante Ekholm Lindahl

    Brilliant marketing, now he is rich

  17. Brandon Silver Avatar
    Brandon Silver

    Peter Lik, of course. He’s like the poster child for success via post-work.

  18. Martin D Turner Avatar
    Martin D Turner

    Duh, really? Was your first clue perhaps the clouds BEHIND the moon!?!? :0(((

  19. Sylvain Clement Avatar
    Sylvain Clement

    Who doubted about it?
    Who’s care?

  20. Duncan Dimanche Avatar
    Duncan Dimanche

    lol shocker !!!

  21. Chris Brock Avatar
    Chris Brock

    Anyone who knows a little bit about photography can tell you this shot cannot be achieved without compositing. But isn’t the final image what really matters? Nicely done.

  22. kmlgraph Avatar
    kmlgraph

    Peter Lik haters in the house…including me. What a hack, but a rich hack.