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In this photo of Prince Andrew, Duke of York (taken on a Kodak disposable camera):

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We see it is taken with a flash (assuming that bright light on the window is a reflection of the flash). But if rays of light are coming straight out of the camera, why are there black shadows behind the girl in the middle (Virginia Roberts Guiffre) and on the woman on the right (Ghislaine Maxwell). It looks like the light source is coming from the left to cause those shadows. Why aren't those shadows being filled in by the flash? Seeing as the flash has had time to reach the window and back to the camera?

How would such shadows occur?

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    Well I just realised that on a kodac disposable camera the flash is located slightly to one side. I wonder if this is enough to cause such shadows? Even so... the shadows seem to be on the wrong side for the girl in the middle. – zooby Nov 25 '19 at 0:52
  • The shadows would make more sense for the two people on the left if the center of the photo was between those two. But that's not the center of the photo. Weird. Conceivably the window could be at an angle to alter the reflection of the flash. But as far as I know the flash reflection is pretty much in the center of the uncropped photo as expected. – zooby Nov 25 '19 at 1:02
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    What is the point of this question? Is there something you really want or need to know? – xiota Nov 25 '19 at 1:02
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    BTW, for the general PSE community: This is the photo presented as proof that UK Prince Andrew has met with Virginia Roberts Guiffre, who has accused him of having sex with her when she was a teenager, in connection with Jeffrey Epstein. Prince Andrew has denied ever meeting her, or at least cannot recall ever meeting her. As is the case with many politically charged cases these days, there are a lot of people performing armchair forensics to try to debunk photographs or try to "prove" they are doctored. – scottbb Nov 25 '19 at 1:54
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    @zooby 1. There is no licensing body for photographers. 2. There is zero overlap between the Prince Andrew/Jeffrey Epstein case and the ability to produce photographic art. 3. There is no need for photographers to necessarily know about such news, especially for photographers who are not US or UK based. – scottbb Nov 25 '19 at 18:48
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It looks like the light source is coming from the left to cause those shadows.

Because it is.

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The shadows appear as a result of the difference in the angle of the flash compared to the lens.

  • I don't think this could explain the shadows on the right of the girl. It would need a flash at least two head spans distance appart. She is standing on the left but the shadows are going to the right! This would explain the shadows for the woman though. – zooby Nov 25 '19 at 0:55
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    Sorry, I don't see any shadow that is explained by a two head span difference. I see a slender shadow at her side and one even more slender at her arm. Shadows to the right are a classic symptom of flash vs. lens angle. Do you know anything further about lighting in the room, lamps, chandeliers, etc.? – chili555 Nov 25 '19 at 1:01
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    " the shadow is on the right" As is expected with the flash to the left of the lens. – chili555 Nov 25 '19 at 1:57
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    As the camera faces the subjects, the flash is to the left and very slighly above the lens. As such, the flash will leave a shadow to the right. It doesn't matter which eye was used. It only matters that the flash is to the left of the lens as the camera faces the subjects. – chili555 Nov 25 '19 at 15:02
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    @zooby The greater the ratio of distance behind the subject compared to the camera distance to subject, the larger the shadow will be (assuming the subject is larger than the light source). – Michael C Nov 25 '19 at 23:40

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