A few days ago, there was an announcement that someone from my neck of the woods (Vancouver, WA) has photographed what appears to be a sasquatch on Silver Star Mountain. The Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization has posted the photos and some information on their news page, and the photos are now making their way around the blogosphere. Upon first seeing them on my 320×240 T-Moible Sidekick screen, I was intrigued, but it wasnt until today that I remember to check out the photos on my computer after seeing it again on I Can’t Eat Cheese. Here’s the best of the photos:
<p><center><img width='321' height='299' border='0' hspace='5' src='/uploads/Silver_Star_Mt._030.jpg' alt='' /></center></p>
<p>Like with the video of George Bush <a href="http://nyquil.org/archives/259-Bush-Flips-off-Reporters.html" title="my debunkery of the bird flipping">“flipping the bird”</a>, I decided that since I am apparently the only rational person around, it is up to me to play mythbuster. Now mind you, I believe that there is a possibility of such a creature as a sasquatch living in various parts of the world, and I’ll be among the most excited when/if credible evidence (ie, a dead one, or better yet a live one) is found. Sadly, today is not that day.</p>
<p>Using “high tech image processing techniques”—OK, who am I kidding? I upped the contrast and the brightness—I managed to get a little bit more detail to emerge, and things actually make quite a bit of sense to me. Before I show you my results, I want to show you a snippet of the text description on this scientific organization’s website:<blockquote> There’s no lines indicating clothing or a pack. The lump on the neck could easily be a clump of hair, similar to what you can see in the <span class="caps">PGF</span><sup>*</sup>.</p>
<p>Most snowshoers or backpackers in these conditions would look different than this silhouette.</blockquote></p>
<p>Ok, that said, I now present you with what I’ve determined this figure to be. I’ve only adjusted the brightness and the contrast, so no accusing me of making things up. Feel free to load up the original picture in the image editor of your choice, kick the brightness/contrast up a notch and take a peek if you don’t believe me.</p>
<p><center><img width='391' height='581' border='0' hspace='5' src='/uploads/bigfoot.gif' alt='' /></center></p>
<p><span class="caps">EDIT</span>: Er, I mean that the first frame of the animation has the contrast boosted. I obviously painted the colored areas by hand, but overtop of the corresponding shapes in the original image. I wasn’t trying to be cute.<br />
*: I have absolutely no idea what PGF means, I’m suspecting the F stands for footage, so they are perhaps referring to that really famous footage of bigfoot walking. If you are a bigfoot researcher, please let me know.
UPDATE: B-Will informs me that PGF stands for Patterson-Gimlin Footage, which is in-fact the footage I mentioned.
C'mon, it's gotta be sasquatch. What are the chances that two backpackers chose the same day to head up to the same mountain? Your image manipulation is completely irresponsible and proves nothing. Leave the study of evidence to the professional bigfoot researchers.
I used the other photo, cropped it and enlarged the cropped part by 400 percent. Granted it gets pixelized with the enlarging, but it still looks to me like a human wearing a hooded parka of some sort taken facing the photographer.
I don't know how to upload an image to this blog or I would have.
The creature may well exist, and I believe it does, but I don't believe this is a photo of one.
I think that you are right, besides this would not be submissable as evidence anyway there are no size references to go by in this picture. So there is no way to go back to the area and figure out exactly how big the shadowy figure was. Good Job!
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