Through their Tumblr HyperrealCG, artists David O'Reilly and Kim Laughton have duped a handful of media outlets with an irresistible premise: computer-generated images that are so precise, so finely detailed, that they are totally indistinguishable from works of photography. Because that's exactly what they are.
The relatively unremarkable photos on HyperrealCG become jaw-dropping showcases of CGI virtuosity with the simple addition of bogus captions. In reality, the image above is a promotional photo created by the pen manufacturer Parker; on HyperrealCG, an anonymous artist created it as a "material and shader study" while using the digital imaging programCorona Renderer for the first time. The blog pulls a similar trick with dozens of other photos, from bedding catalog spreads to iconic movie props.
See the images here