What The..? Solved by Naia


Joined January 2010

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Here’s a puzzle for you…

This photo is straight out of the camera (apart from some very minor cropping). How did I get it?

I did not wrap my hands or any other part of my body around or in front of the lens. It is not due to the ‘pinhole effect’, not from a pinhole camera, and not a camera obscura. It is not a projection and it is not the view through a broken periscope.

It is a reflection, but not in any water, including water in a container. It is not the reflection on the back of a car mirror, or similar.

Bonus points go to misfits for making me laugh…
It is obvious! It is the reflection in a zombie’s eye. No question about it!

It is not a reflection in a sewer, not a skylight or solatube, not a reflection in a section of plastic found surrounding an easter egg and not a reflection in sunglasses.

There’s been some wonderfully creative guesses here. But I think you’re all over-thinking this a little. This is so simple that you’re going to groan when I tell you :o)

Ok, a clue… Think very small… :o)

Ok, my daughter Vicki rang me up to have a guess (or three) at this. She doesn’t have a RB account but she regularly likes to check in. She did eventually guess the answer, but only after a very big clue from me (which I may give you soon). But first, she insists that I add her unsuccessful guesses here. Fair enough!

First she guessed that it was a reflection in either a marble or a stone on the ground. … Nope… but she did came quite close there.
Next she guessed that it may have been a spoon… No… sorry. Not a spoon either.

Well, that’s all I’m giving you for now. ;o)
Over to you guys…

It is not a glass jewel or prism, but this thing is glass. It is not a telescope, nor binoculars (is it distant? Or close?… or maybe both?), and not a light bulb. It’s just a matter of finding the right reflection now… and don’t forget that you’ll have to explain how the photo came to be.

But I think you’re getting close… :o)

The reflection is of a real tree, not an image. It’s not a magnifying glass, not a reflection in the lens of another camera and not a ring nor a watch.

The reflective surface does appear to have curves, but in reality the reflective surface is triangular in shape. It is kind of related to a feminine subject… or it used to be.

Ok, now I’ll keep my end of the bargain. I"m going to give the clue that I gave Vicki before she guessed correctly… and then you’ll have to go back through the clues carefully and make some deductions. I’ll be surprised if someone doesn’t get it…

The Big Clue… What do you see a reflection in?

Naia -reflection in a mirror?

Woo hoo… yes! It is a piece of broken mirror on the ground (I’ll upload a pic in a few minutes). Nice guess Naia.
But the question is… how did I get this pic?… ;o)

Naia – umm, you fell out of the tree (pictured), landing on a woman who happened to be walking underneath, which upset the contents of her handbag (among other things) including a small a mirror which was accidentally crushed in the process of righting one’s selves, in a rather dizzy state, you saw the tree reflected in a shard and paused to photograph a piece of the mirror, which was in the bottom of the bag, surrounded by darkness but reflecting a soft light… maybe… something tells me a pair of glasses is involved too… forgive my verbosity

Lol… Yes! We have a winner… that’s exactly what happened. Well kind of… but I’m going to give it to you because you made me laugh. :o) … and because my love thinks that I’m being cruel ;o) Congrats Naia… great guesses.

But actually, I noticed the broken piece of mirror on the ground and saw the reflection of the tree branches above. To get this pic, I took the camera down very close to the mirror but left it in automatic landscape mode to focus on the branches of the tree. The mirror itself is way out of focus (that’s why it looks rounded.

I told you it was simple. :o)

Here’s another shot…

Thanks for playing everyone… great puzzle again. :o)

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