Over the past 10 days the internet has blown up over famed photographer Peter Lik's latest image "Moonlit Dreams," and whether or not it is a fake. Fstoppers has published a couple articles debating this very topic, but until now there has only been speculation, albeit very convincing speculation.
Popular vlogger Jared Polin released today via YouTube what looks to be proof of the image being a composite rather than a single image. Now, many of us argue that compositing images is in fact not out of the norm these days, however Lik repeatedly denies his images are composites, always saying he captured his prints in one frame. No one will argue Lik's ability to market and sell his images, however misleading customers into believing something, and completely lying is where many take offense to this tactic.
Polin presents this email as the icing on the cake to prove "Moonlit Dreams" is in fact a composite image. However, what strikes me as odd is the response Polin receives says they have never said this was taken in one frame, and that this being a composite image has been made public since its release. After an exhaustive search, I've found no such statements anywhere. On the contrary, the "Moonlit Dreams" link on Lik's website now takes customers to a 404 not found page. In fact, as you can see below, searching for the piece of work on Lik's website yields no results.
If you're just catching up on this feel free to check out our YouTube discussion on the merits of the image, and our very own Steve Cullen uses science to make the argument this image could not have been made with just one frame. Regardless, Lik does in fact have some great images, and for better or worse has made his mark on photography.