by Volker Weber

There is something amazing about this picture. Can you tell what is is? Here is a hint.


Camera Phone ???

Declan Lynch, 2007-03-02

Apart from the gorgeous blue sky and the way the buildings end is on the wonk, it seems to have been posted by one of the guys from Primer.

I watched that movie 2 times in a row. Then again with the directors commentary. I'm still not sure what actually happens at the end. Excellent ;)

Kerr Rainey, 2007-03-02

Man benötigt eine ruhige Hand und sehr viel Licht. Dann kann man selbst mit einem 6280 noch halbwegs akzeptable Fotos machen. Dies hier nur mal als Beispiel.

Ralf Albert, 2007-03-02

Mit einem Handy? Und solche Belichtungsdaten? Kaum zu glauben...

Michael Gollmick, 2007-03-02

Time travelling?

Hans-Peter Kuessner, 2007-03-02

Zenit? The sun comes from almost diectly above the building ... look at the time.

Martin Hiegl, 2007-03-02

Das Bild war schneller auf flickr als im Speicher, oder?

Thomas Günter, 2007-03-02

tatsächlich ^^

Martin Hiegl, 2007-03-02

Time travelling (as Hans-Peter said) !!! put on Flickr before it was taken?

Richard Hogan, 2007-03-02

Well, not exactly... I read:

"Taken on
March 1, 2007 at 12.50pm CET

Posted to Flickr
March 2, 2007 at 12.42am CET"

If I (and somebody else) interpret AM and PM around noon/midnight properly, this means, that it was taken 50 minutes past noon on March 1st (Thursday this week) and posted almost 12hrs later 42 minutes past midnight.

Ragnar Schierholz, 2007-03-02

Heiko ist ein klasse Fotograf.

Cem Basman, 2007-03-02

I agree with your interpretation of the times, and am/pm etc, however the posted to Flickr date is actually March '1', so that would change the equation!!

Richard Hogan, 2007-03-02

Heiko is just now in the States. Maybe this causes some irritation between date and time of his camera and flickr account.

Cem Basman, 2007-03-02

More time travelling :-)

A tip: jhead can adjust time differences if you forgot to change you camera's time when travelling (e.g. jhead -ta+8 *.JPG).

Ole Saalmann, 2007-03-02

Pah, obviously my Primer comment was too subtle. Anyway in this global community all time everywhere should be recorded / displayed in UTC / Zulu time. ;)

Kerr Rainey, 2007-03-02

The image was taken using a cellular/mobile telephone.

Adam Merkert, 2007-03-02

...But now I see someone already commented about that!

Adam Merkert, 2007-03-02

So, there's no red warehouse in the middle of the desert.. right?


Alex Hernandez, 2007-03-02

All of those things are interesting. What I found amazing was indeed that it was taken with a cameraphone. It proves again that the photographer is more important than the equipment.

Volker Weber, 2007-03-02

Well, assuming it has not been photoshopped:

- it seems to be a brand new shed, both because of the bright paintwork and since there is no evidence that any vehicle has ever driven up to its main door (just thick grass all the way up to it).

- even if it were a brand new shed, I might expect to see some evidence on the ground of the construction machinery used to put it there.

- therefore, I'm guessing the shed was dropped into place by a very big helicopter!!

Nick Daisley, 2007-03-02

It seems that some of us get March 2 as "posted date" (have seen this on Jens' PC today!), and some get March 1 (which would mean time travel by about 12 hours). I get March 1, in the office and at home.


So it's selective time travel. Maybe time runs faster in Switzerland ;-)

Hans-Peter Kuessner, 2007-03-02

Nice photo visually, but it is still lacking technically. The sky shows quite a bit of noise and the colors do not fade smoothly.

I do agree with you that the photographer matters more than the equipment... that much is definitively proven.

But one cannot make a cheap camera produce the same quality as a high-end camera, no matter what the talent behind the lens may be. So discrediting the value of equipment is going too far the other direction, I would say.

Dave Armstrong, 2007-03-02

Volker, was it you who posted this link a while back?

It's an essay called "Your camera does not matter" which argues that the photographer's eye is the critical element. It's also got comparisons of a $150 camera and a $5,000 camera. He really likes the Canon A530.

Bruce Perry, 2007-03-04

Richard, Hans-Peter seems to have found an explanation. I do really see March 2nd as the upload date. Anybody talking about computers being deterministic systems ignores the complexity of todays applications and the abundance of parameters which have to be taken into account when trying to determine an app's behavior.

Hans-Peter, I don't know who originally said this, but I have heard of a quote saying that when a nuclear world war would start, one should go to Switzerland since there everything happens 50 years later. Women's voting rights might serve as a good example for this.

This isn't exactly in support of your hypothesis, I guess. :-)

May Philipp has an opinion on this?

Ragnar Schierholz, 2007-03-05

Hi Ragnar, that looks like the explanation, and sorry for even considering the possibility that you might have mis-read the date. Looks like Flickr is playing a joke on us!!

Richard Hogan, 2007-03-05

having been inspired by this post I tried out the camera on my phone (used maybe a dozen times previously in the two years I have had a camera on my phone) I snapped
Tower Bridge on the way back from the Lotusphere comes to you event in London. I think it is all about having enough light, I know it is rubbish in low light levels.

Alan Bell, 2007-03-14

lets try that link again Tower Bridge but with quotes round the URL this time.

Alan Bell, 2007-03-14

Phone cameras have come on very well. These shots were done with a Nokia N73:

Some Flickr pics from a colleague

Ben Poole, 2007-03-14

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