I've frequented ATS for quite a while, but this is my first thread. Here it goes:
My wife and I are in the process of renovating our kitchen, and as part of our renos, we need to pick out the granite to be used for our counter-tops.
Last weekend, we went to a granite supplier warehouse to look at the full-sized slabs of granite. There was a blizzard that day, but we braved the
weather and went out anyway.
When we got to the supplier, we walked into the front showroom area, and the only person in there was a woman working behind the reception desk. She
was a younger woman who was very attractive and had long blonde hair. She took as back into the warehouse attached to the showroom and gave us a brief
run-down on the types of granite and what the labels and numbers on each tag meant. She then left us to walk around the warehouse and make note of
which slabs we were interested in, we were to write down the model number and bring it to her at the front desk in the showroom where she would
provide us with quoted prices.
My wife and I walked around the warehouse looking at every slab of granite which are stacked on edge so that you can see what they look like. I used
my iPhone 5 to take pictures of several slabs that we were interested in so that we could review them later. The pictures didn't turn out very well
because of how reflective the surface of the granite slabs are. We finished browsing, went to the front desk and spoke with the attractive woman, and
then left the store as my wife gave me a little smack because she knew what I was thinking about how attractive this woman was.
Later that night when we were at home, we began looking at some of the photos we had taken, and to our surprise, in the reflection of the granite in
two of the photos were people. My wife and I both confirmed that we hadn't seen anyone else in the warehouse with us, and as much as I'd have liked,
it wasn't the attractive blonde woman who worked there.
You can see me in the reflection of the granite slab in the middle, wearing a white hat and grey jacket and holding my iPhone in front of my face to
take the photo. There is a person on the left.
Again, you can see me in the reflection of the granite slab in the middle, and I'm holding my coffee in my other hand. There is a person on the
I didn't think a whole lot of it at first, and later in the week I showed the photos to my friend at work. We then decided to bring the photos into
Photoshop and make some adjustments to see if we could solve this mystery. Was the person in either of these photos just my wife who's reflection got
caught in the photo?
I e mailed my wife and asked her if she remembered exactly what she was wearing that day. She said she was wearing her bright blue winter jacket, a
black toque and grey boots (because of the blizzard that day). I decided to bump up the image saturation in Photoshop so that I would be able to
detect/exaggerate any hint of blue on the mystery person's jacket to determine if it was my wife caught in the shot. The result answered questions,
but also brought up more:
In photo 1 when I bumped up the saturation, you can see that the person is wearing a blue jacket, which means it is my wife. But in image two, there
is no hint of blue detected on that figure. You can clearly see me in the center of the photo holding a coffee cup, (which was bright blue), but the
figure on the right is still all black. That figure doesn't have the shape of my wife, and is also wearing a hat with a rim, and my wife was wearing
a wool toque. The person in the figure also seems to be wearing a long slender jacket. It looks to me like it would be the way a man dressed back in
the 40's or 50's.
Image 1 (increased saturation)
Image 2 (increased saturation)
What are people's thoughts on this?
I'm not here to try and trick anyone, and I welcome any explanations people may have. I'm not sure if these links to the photos are of full quality,
but if anyone wants the full quality versions to play with and manipulate, I am willing to supply them (if you instruct me how to share them).
I am actually heading back to this warehouse again this weekend to finalize our decision. Maybe I'll snap some more photos for fun and see if
anything shows up in the photos.