Dave Williamson sent me this article about a controversy in Melbourne, AU were a real estate agent or photographer photoshopped out a power line. Turns out the Aussies are serious about not fooling around with the view in real estate marketing photos and have a maximum fine of $220,000 AUD if you get caught.
When challenged about where the powerline went, the listing agents say:
"It's a dusk shot, with long exposure and there's a deep, dark sky behind the black power line"..."Everything is retouched, colours are always enhanced and darkened and lightened but we don't do it to hide powerlines. It's illegal. You do it so the photos look lovely."
OK... and if you believe that story, I have a bridge I'll sell you! You can go look at "168 Esplanade, Brighton, AU" on google street view to see the real view.
But the Real Estate Institute of Victoria ruled they are going to let it pass this time:
... no photograph could perfectly represent a property and encouraged consumers to visit during the open inspections. The displaying and advertising of property can be a little subjective and of course everyone wants to portray the property in the best light possible. Agents are not supposed to add or subtract things from a property, but can play with light and lens angles to make it look more attractive,.