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Whittlesea-Beveridge Photo

From: Brad Sparks <RB47x.nul>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2004 02:45:38 EST
Fwd Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2004 09:04:17 -0500
Subject: Whittlesea-Beveridge Photo

I don't see how any serious analysis of the Whittlesea-Beveridge
photo can possibly be done without knowing the Field of View
(FOV), in degrees, of the picture that was taken. Yet despite
all the various postings on this case, including Kodak DC240
digital camera data, not one single person has posted the FOV in
Degrees or even raised the question of its absence from analyses
until now. Without the FOV in Degrees you cannot tell how high
in degrees the "UFO" was in the sky or what direction various
objects in the photo were really at. How can you analyze the
photo without that kind of data?

I contacted Kodak for information on the FOV for the DC240 but
the camera is no longer produced and they did not have the data.
At best they guessed from various file data that the Wide Angle
lens would give about a 85.5 degrees wide FOV, but that was a
guess based on interpreting various parameters and possibly
interpreted them wrong, by a low-level customer service
representative. My own rough estimate of the FOV from
measurements of objects of approximately known size is roughly
100 degrees.

All of the argument earlier on this list about conflicting
direction of sun shadows was due to the fact that in a wide
angle view the objects that look like they are almost in front
of you are actually way off to one side in a significantly
different direction. Thus the control box to the left side of
the photo looks like the sun is coming down on the front and
sides yet the railroad crossing signs directly in front of the
camera look like the sun is behind them. Both are right. Why?
Because straight ahead is W (West) but the control box off to
the left is about in the SW (South West), a considerably
different direction.

What is needed is the FOV measured directly from the camera used
and an interview with the photographer so there is no
uncertainty about what lens was used and at what setting.

Brad Sparks

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