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The photographer was suspected of theft, but two people just dropped the lighthouse in one millisecond

A collage of photographs of two photographers - Ron Reisman and Eric Hendron
A collage of photographs of two photographers – Ron Reisman and Eric Hendron

On March 3, a photographer from the American region of New England, Ron Riesman, took a snapshot of a lighthouse in New Hampshire, laying it out in Instagram and Facebook . The local TV channel, with the permission of the author, published a photo, after which his popularity increased sharply. In one of the comments Ryshman was accused of stealing the work of another photographer Eric Hendron.

When Rysman received from Hendron an original RAW file, he saw a photo, exactly like his work. The picture was taken from the same angle, with the same perspective and the same moment in the frame. At first glance, the photos differed only by processing in Lightroom.

Ron Riesman's photo
Ron Riesman’s photo
Photo by Eric Hendron
Photo by Eric Hendron

Riesman studied the photos in detail and put them on top of each other in Photoshop. Despite the fact that the images of the lighthouse and the waves were almost identical, thanks to small details, he was convinced that both pictures are originals. The photographer found some differences in the water in the foreground and the spray on the horizon.

Also slightly different looked the grille at the top of the lighthouse: because of the light, Rysman decided that the second photographer at the time of the picture was to the left of himself.

Already later, photographers learned that they were 28 meters from each other.

A collage showing where photographers stood during the snapshot
A collage showing where photographers stood during the snapshot

Based on the EXIF ​​metadata that attach to media files, Riesman and Gendron confirmed that they took a snapshot at one time to within a millisecond. The authors claim that they did not plan anything, they did not know each other, and the location was chosen by chance.

Photographers used different cameras. Rysman shot with Canon 5D Mark IV (7fps), and Gendron – with Canon 60D (5.3 fps). Both set the focal length to 600 millimeters. The depth of field and exposure were almost identical: f / 8 aperture, ISO 320, 1 / 1000th shutter and f / 8 aperture, ISO 400, 1 / 1600th shutter).

A video in which Ron Rysman explains the differences between the two photos

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