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"This is a strange picture."
"Indeed it is," Harold said. "Can you imagine a circumstance where one's shadow is cast twice?"
"Yes, in the wonderful world of Adobe Photoshop where any kind of image manipulation is possible."
"But it's not altered in any way. I have the negative to prove it."
"Nevertheless it looks like a composite of some kind."
"It may look that way, but it isn't."
"You took the picture?"
"Two separate shadows indicate there must have been two light sources of equal intensity."
"Yes, that's generally true."
"But untrue here?"
"Not exactly."
"Sunlight, plus a strong spotlight?"
"Well, you've got me stumped on this one."
"I'll let you think about it for a while. Let's see what you come up with."

[Another rare authorial aside: Ideas? Anyone?]

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thought of trying for some humourous guess
response but at best it wouldnt be very
funny...what I really want to say is this
is interesting and you have my attention
which can be worth remmebering to say once
in a while so you know we are still here!

It's always good to hear from you, sir, especially since lately I am neglecting my correspondence in favor of this latest unfolding project...a most intriguing inner journey, if you know what I mean.

Hm. If sunlight and a strong spotlight are not exactly untrue, then two sets of strong lights?

i'm thinking. quite imaginative and intriguing. hmmmmmmm.

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This was my first reaction. Two people. One person is actually standing on a tree branch, but the person on the bottom is the one taking the picture.

two different people taking the same picture with the shadows of each appearing--one photographer above the other and thus two shadows not interfering with the other?

Standing at the top of a hill, the shadow on the ground is going down hill, sun or another light source behind...the branch is closer?

Or perhaps a reflection of light (sun above/angle) (reflection from ground/something behind) casting the second shadow..

ah, who knows. :)

As I mention in my latest post, you are the first to arrive at the correct solution!

I've been meaning to ask you this for sometime..

Is your journal your ongoing writing? Or do you post old works that have been published?

Everything seems so polished and professional--I rarely see anything that looks like a work in progress, is why I ask. :)

Yes, what I post on LJ is work just completed either that day or the one before. Sometimes it's part of my Vittoria's Island trilogy, or my imagenovella entitled The Professor's Album, both ongoing projects.

I've been a writer and editor all my professional life, so I'm an extremely meticulous worker. Some have even called me anal retentive. But I don't care. Craftsmanship, total commitment to one's art, that's the important thing.

I admire it. :)

Thank you for sharing. :)

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this is what i would go with. a lake, perhaps. definately standing water.

This was my guess as well, although a body of water might reflect light more diffusely than the top shadow, which is fairly well-defined.

If not water, perhaps a glass or metal object placed behind the photographer (light shining off a silvery car, or the window of a house).

Yes, strange natural events trigger some truly imaginative responses...unfortunately some of the explanations are institutionalized and then imposed on others. That's when the trouble starts.

There's a smaller guy perched on the branch of the tree above his head

My first thought was a body of water that the light reflected off of to create the second shadow. If it was purposely manipulated, it could have been a photographic reflector.

One strong light source, two mirrors bouncing it back toward the photographer's back, one angled down, one straight ahead.

I'll go with the reflection theory, which was my first thought, also.

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