So here we are then...
I love all of the comments both positive and negative, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I'm kind of glad that is wasn't me that saw the
thing and snapped the photo, otherwise I'd be pulling my hair out trying to convince the detractors that I ACTUALLY SAW THIS AND HALF OF YOU DON'T
With that being said, I promised that I would try and provide exif info for the 2 photographs that I uploaded. One was the original picture from the
OP, the other was a picture that I took last night while trying to reproduce the effect in the original. While this information would only provide
more insight into the photos themselves and may serve to verify whether or not the photos had been manipulated, I think the real issue is whether or
not the original photo was genuine or staged. I downloaded BR's exif extracter (his spelling not mine) and had 50% success. I know it's not what we
want to hear, but only the photo that I took has exif info. So, I will need to gain direct access to the phone that took the original and will do my
best to get that done quickly.
The original photo was named by the phone (Moto Razor I believe) as: 2012-12-079521.14.54.jpg and it has a resolution of 2048x1536. The photo that I
took last night of the rechargable razor LED (which once again was not visible from the room where the original was taken) has the following exif
Name: 2013-03-03 22.41.04.jpg
Camera Manufacturer and Model: Samsung SCH-S720C
Width x Height: 1536 x 2048
Size of Image File: 426232
Exposure (1/sec): 8-Jan ???
Was flash used?: No
Focal Length: 3
Well, there is is - Not sure what that proves or disproves...
My roomate is still adamate and assures me that he is not pulling my leg, and I believe him.
He has no reason to make this kind of thing up. In the end though, we may never know. I just thought that it was worth shaing here and am still very
intrigued by the fact that no one, especially not the detractors - have offered-up a reproduction that even comes close to what the original looks
like. I just really don't think that he has any special skills that would allow him to 'fudge' a photo like this. One would also think that if it were
due to other lighting in the apartment, that it would be visible every night. Why just that one time??
I'm still going to experiment tonight with a laser and will hopefully have a few more pics of my results to post here.
I'm not even going to attempt to address the myriad of replies that I received in this post, although I'll probably try to pick through them and
answer any pertinent questions that I've been posed at some point. One comment that comes to mind is that it sure was dark. Yep, it was. My room has
thick curtains with not much outside light to shine through, plus it was nighttime...
I just sent him a text suggesting that we get together so I can access the SD card plus have him here to answer more questions in detail, maybe we can
dig a bit further before writing this off and/or closing the thread.
Thanks again for all of your comments, I'll go back through them after dinner.
ETA: I'm asking more questions at this moment, his first comment was: "The real odd thing is that the bedroom door was wide open and normally it's
light enough in there to maneuver around in the dark but it was completely black beyond the door like an extra sheet of darkness, you couldn't see
anything behind it." I asked if after he took the pic did it just disappear? He said that it was visible for about 45 seconds before he took the pic
and afterwards "it just kind of faded back and disappeared into the darkness I would say about 2-3 minutes"...
edit on 4-3-2013 by sageturkey because: (no reason given)