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Photo of a photographer?
Above: Entire image, reduced pixel dimensions (originally 2816 x 2112 pixels, JPEG).
There were only two people present at this scene: the photographer and the seated person with the dreadlocks. We have some ideas about what is going on in this extraordinary photograph, but they don't line up with the photographer's account of the sequence of events.
Until we've discussed it further with the photographer and then had a rethink, we're holding off posting our theory.
Above: the main area of interest, 100% of original pixel dimensions, cropped in but otherwise unaltered.
Above: There is nothing supposedly paranormal about this area of the photo. It is a light source, probably a street lamp beyond the trees. The regular break pattern
is caused by the light source switching on and off at 50 Hertz - mains AC frequency. The wiggly line itself is caused by the movement of the hand-held camera during the four-second
automatic exposure. The camera was on Night Scene mode.
Above: Area of interest at original pixel dimensions, but lightened in tone, and with 80% digital sharpening (Photoshop, Unsharp mask) applied, in order to see the face more clearly.
We do not think this is a simulacrum (a random pattern of shapes interpreted as a human figure or face) but rather is an actual image of someone's face.
Your opinion about this photograph is invited. Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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- Camera: Olympus FE200
- Taken at 11.16pm, 16th December (summer) - according to camera clock
- Exposure: 4 seconds, f.3.5, ISO320
- Exposure mode: Night Scene, Programme: creative
- Focal length: 4.6mm
- Flash: fired, auto, red-eye reduction mode
- White balance: auto
Rob's attempt at recreating a similar effect deliberately.
Rob Wilson: "This was a 10 minute attempt at my theory as to how the photo was taken,and I think it fairly squarely shows how it
can be recreated,and its a lot simpler than you would think.I will re-take this when I have a bit more time and take a bit more
care, Kate Griffiths and I did this in 7 shots just getting the light levels similar and the face light central."
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