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    Things that go bump in the night

    Well it was raining pretty good Wednesday night but we didn't let that stop us from enjoying our passion. With fog enveloping 4 riders we wound our way deep into the canyons below Cool California. It was dark, and just a little bit spooky being on these trails known for mountain lions. In fact, just a few years ago a jogger on these exact trails was killed by a lion and partially eaten. We took several pictures of our ride and were stunned to see the following image when reviewing the images today. You ever feel like your being watched on a night ride??

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    Bravo!!

    That's a good one!

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    Allright, which one of you guys is still panting.............?
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    Smile Amazing pic

    Quote Originally Posted by zon
    Well it was raining pretty good Wednesday night but we didn't let that stop us from enjoying our passion. With fog enveloping 4 riders we wound our way deep into the canyons below Cool California. It was dark, and just a little bit spooky being on these trails know for mountain lions. In fact, just a few years ago a jogger on these exact trails was killed by a lion and partially eaten. We took several pictures of our ride and were stunned to see the following image when reviewing the images today. You ever feel like your being watched on a night ride??
    Were any of you guys wearing Puma brand apparrel? A very healthy looking puma concolor! Next time you ride the same trail, I bet you remember this area!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cactus Jack
    Were any of you guys wearing Puma brand apparrel? A very healthy looking puma concolor! Next time you ride the same trail, I bet you remember this area!
    And this is one of "those" trails you can only ride at night.
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    Good grief...unbelievable pic....
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    So the guy in blue is sniffing an air biscuit from the smiling one and the cat's recoiling in fear?
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    Quote Originally Posted by wg
    So the guy in blue is sniffing an air biscuit from the smiling one and the cat's recoiling in fear?
    LOL! Dang your observant!
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    Photoshop

    Zooming in on it shows it was Photoshopped.
    But I rode solo at New Melones Tuesday night in the rain and I really got spooked. I saw a Mt. Lion there last year and I think about it every time I hear something behind me. Since I only have a handlebar light I see total darkness when I turn my head around.

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    That's a cool picture - something that would make me lose control of certain body functions at the time I saw it - if I was one of the guys in the picture.

    It's funny how just about any "far fetched" picture that gets thrown up on the internet immediatly gets coined "photoshoped." I blew the picture up myself and it looks pretty real with the exception of possibly the top dark line on the big cat, but that could be a branch or something else. The lighting on the cat looks a little off, but could be that bright if it was a good flash. I did notice the cat didn't have redeye which might make me believe it's "chopped and shopped". But overall it looked like a believable picture. So now we either beat up the OP for trying to fool us or we we all freak out and never re-enter the woods at night!

    Either way, cool picture and great waste of time on a Friday afternoon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wakeboardR2wheels
    That's a cool picture - something that would make me lose control of certain body functions at the time I saw it - if I was one of the guys in the picture.

    It's funny how just about any "far fetched" picture that gets thrown up on the internet immediatly gets coined "photoshoped." I blew the picture up myself and it looks pretty real with the exception of possibly the top dark line on the big cat, but that could be a branch or something else. The lighting on the cat looks a little off, but could be that bright if it was a good flash. I did notice the cat didn't have redeye which might make me believe it's "chopped and shopped". But overall it looked like a believable picture. So now we either beat up the OP for trying to fool us or we we all freak out and never re-enter the woods at night!

    Either way, cool picture and great waste of time on a Friday afternoon!
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    Come on folks! Where is the back half of the lion? Neatly cut off.

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    Caution;  Merge;  Workers Ahead! freaky

    Quote Originally Posted by zon
    Well it was raining pretty good Wednesday night but we didn't let that stop us from enjoying our passion. With fog enveloping 4 riders we wound our way deep into the canyons below Cool California. It was dark, and just a little bit spooky being on these trails know for mountain lions. In fact, just a few years ago a jogger on these exact trails was killed by a lion and partially eaten. We took several pictures of our ride and were stunned to see the following image when reviewing the images today. You ever feel like your being watched on a night ride??

    Dude that is freaky

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wherewolf
    Come on folks!


    I dont know,, ya better recheck it. Your capture feature may have malfunctioned.
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    Nice try

    Nice try. You have since cropped the photo you originally posted to eliminate the telltale line
    But I have a copy here


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    Yep,

    That trail is the best. I would love to see it during the daylight hours or even on a dawn patrol.

    Quote Originally Posted by zon
    And this is one of "those" trails you can only ride at night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zon
    I dont know,, ya better recheck it. Your capture feature may have malfunctioned.
    And unless that lion was breathing down your neck, it would be about the size of a full-on african lion.

    And the lighting on the lion is a little too even for a night shot...

    If it was that close, one of you would be lunch by now...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wherewolf
    Nice try. You have since cropped the photo you originally posted to eliminate the telltale line
    But I have a copy here


    Hey!! How did you edit that photo to make it look like that? That's pretty tricky.

    You still going to be there at 9:00 AM ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by forkboy
    And unless that lion was breathing down your neck, it would be about the size of a full-on african lion.

    And the lighting on the lion is a little too even for a night shot...

    If it was that close, one of you would be lunch by now...
    Yep the size is right on ...that is what i initially thought....you would easily sense that thing hanging over your shoulder....smell or hear for sure.......

    Nice night shot....no red eye
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    Yes, but...

    Quote Originally Posted by zon
    You still going to be there at 9:00 AM ?
    Yes, but...now I'm really scared to ride there. Especially since I'll be the last one in line and a mile behind everybody else.

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    wow

    its hard to tell if some of these posters really think its real, or if the wolf dude really thought he had to point out it was shopped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wg
    So the guy in blue is sniffing an air biscuit from the smiling one and the cat's recoiling in fear?
    I just think that the cat smelled you and that's why he was recoiling...

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    Wow

    Quote Originally Posted by Loki
    its hard to tell if some of these posters really think its real, or if the wolf dude really thought he had to point out it was shopped.
    Hard to believe the Loki guy had to think about this one.

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    Those are fun to hunt with dogs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous
    Those are fun to hunt with dogs.
    Or without. SOS
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    Wherewolf...

    Rumor has it that if one is being chased by a bear, or mountain lion, you don't have to outrun the animal, only the slowest person in the group.

    The voices in my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wg
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    Very nicely done photoshop job...

    but your original image with the black bar above the lions back was 480x360, the new chopped image is 480x354 to remove the line of black pixels (I to have a copy of the original!). Like I said not a bad job, casual examination doesn't point up that much, at least not in the croped image. But there is one clue that stands out even with in the final product. If the image of the lion is that brightly lit and clear, then what he has his front paws planted on should be visible as something besides a dark blob of nothing. The sharpness of the cat doesn't match his surroundings. But still in all very nice work. I'd like to see the original of both images, especially the one the cat was taken from.

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    in the pitch-black sewer overflow pipe that I ride through, there was once a mad pit bull. That had to be the fastest moment I've rode without a light.

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    OMG,

    That is unbelievable. It's almost as unbelievable as this one time, in band camp...

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    Just for fun, I did a little touch up. Far from perfect, but a bit easier to fool the masses with now... It needed the glowing eyes!

    This was a very cool idea, been wanting to do one with a bigfoot in the background for a long time!!!

    Later...


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    Quote Originally Posted by stiingya
    Just for fun, I did a little touch up. Far from perfect, but a bit easier to fool the masses with now... It needed the glowing eyes!

    This was a very cool idea, been wanting to do one with a bigfoot in the background for a long time!!!

    Later...

    Great job!!! makes me want to start the thread all over.
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    Photo shop or not, it's still a great shot!
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    thats awsome, even for a photo shop, you had me going till about the 3 time the pic was shown

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    Lol!!

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    Thanks to modern digital restoration technologies we were able to enhance the dark areas of the photo to bring out what the cat was standing on. What was just the blackness of the night is now very visably the rock outcrop that was behind us.


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