Another interesting image ("Betty Yates")

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Another interesting image ("Betty Yates")

Unread post by reichstag fireman » Fri Jun 01, 2012 3:33 am

If the forum's image forensic practitioners have a spare minute, expert opinion on this photo would be much appreciated B)

$ wget ... _Yates.jpg

$ md5sum wmp__1325867985_DE_060112_Betty_Yates.jpg
3e814d0794bde00e78b51aca80517190 wmp__1325867985_DE_060112_Betty_Yates.jpg

$ exiv2 wmp__1325867985_DE_060112_Betty_Yates.jpg
File name : wmp__1325867985_DE_060112_Betty_Yates.jpg
File size : 1026703 Bytes
MIME type : image/jpeg
Image size : 874 x 1325
Camera model : NIKON D3S
Image timestamp : 2011:06:19 14:38:05
Image number :
Exposure time : 1/13 s
Aperture : F9
Exposure bias : 0 EV
Flash : No flash
Flash bias :
Focal length : 35.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 35.0 mm)
Subject distance:
ISO speed : 400
Exposure mode : Aperture priority
Metering mode : Multi-segment
Macro mode :
Image quality :
Exif Resolution : 874 x 1325
White balance : Auto
Thumbnail : image/jpeg, 5090 Bytes
Copyright :
Exif comment :

Identical copies of the image are here: ... _Yates.jpg ... 382654.jpg

Background info here: ... acher.html ... hecks.html ... rsary1.jpg
Last edited by reichstag fireman on Sat Nov 03, 2012 8:44 am, edited 1 time in total.

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Re: Another interesting image

Unread post by hoi.polloi » Mon Jun 04, 2012 3:01 pm

What kind of camera is that Nikon? Does it normally wash out reds so bizarrely?

It looks to me like it could either be real with editing or some default camera effects, or else fabricated.

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Re: Another interesting image

Unread post by reichstag fireman » Mon Jun 04, 2012 6:00 pm

The Red Betty photo was apparently taken with a Nikon D3S, a professional DSLR. The camera was launched 14 Oct 2009 and boasts a 36 x 23.9 mm CMOS image sensor with high light sensitivity.

From :
Nikon D3S professional DSLR - as used by NASA on the International Space Station!

We are told that NASA has selected the Nikon D3S "for use in the Space Shuttle and to photograph activities at the International Space Station (ISS)" ;)

From :
Nikon Corporation Press Release wrote:
NASA Orders D3S Digital SLR Cameras and Interchangeable Lenses from Nikon
December 21, 2009

Nikon Corporation (Michio Kariya, President) is pleased to announce that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has placed an order for eleven D3S digital SLR cameras and seven AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED lenses to be used for photographic documentation.

No special modifications will be made to these products. They will be the same products available to end-users, confirming the incredible versatility of the D3S. This equipment will be used along with the Nikon D2XS digital SLR cameras, NIKKOR lenses, and Nikon Speedlights already in use at the International Space Station.

Nikon has spent many years contributing to NASA's study of space through the development and manufacture of advanced and extremely durable cameras as well as of NIKKOR lenses that make the most of Nikon's optical technologies, and of which production has recently reached fifty million units.

To date, NASA has captured more than 700,000 images using Nikon equipment carried into space. Space, however, is not the only extreme environment in which Nikon equipment is used. Nikon also provides official observation equipment used in exploring the Antarctic.

In addition, already about 15 types of NIKKOR lenses (more than 35 lenses all together) are kept aboard the International Space Station for intravehicular and extravehicular photography to provide continued support for NASA's space activities.
Doubtless, Nikon also provides specialist technical support to NASA, assisting with the Agency's image processing, etcetera. ^_^

Today Nikon is in bed with NASA. In the era of the Apollo Project, it was Hasselblad, the luxury Swedish camera maker.

Hasselblad 500EL/M SLR space camera. Used for the first time on the Apollo-Soyuz flight of July 1975. ... lo-11.aspx

Jan Lundberg, Manager Of Space Projects at Hasselblad (1966-1975)
Today, Lundberg "cannot explain" the lunar imagery from the Apollo Project

As for the Red Betty image, the embedded exif metadata is curious.

The apparent aperture setting (f9) the exposure time (1/13s), the speed rating (ISO400) and the focal length (35mm) appear inconsistent with the lighting configuration in the image (no flash, external illumination chiefly from above).

A rudimentary simulation has just been made under similar lighting conditions. In that test, another Nikon DSLR body with a CMOS sensor, a Nikkor 18-55m zoom @ 35mm f/length, f9 aperture and ISO400 were used.

In the simulation, as per the Red Betty image, the camera automatically set the shutter speed. That resulted in shutter speeds of 1/40s at the very lowest. 1/60s and 1/80s were more common.

By contrast, the apparent exposure time of the (well-illuminated) Red Betty image is extraordinarily low at 1/13s for the same camera settings and lighting conditions.

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Re: Another interesting image ("Betty Yates")

Unread post by reichstag fireman » Sun Nov 04, 2012 8:24 am

Screenshots from BBC News At Ten, BBC1, (Friday, 2nd November 2012)


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