Look closely …

By | 2016-12-18T17:01:20+00:00 May 25th, 2010|13 Comments

Canon 7D, Canon 50mm ƒ1.8 lens, 1/80th sec at ƒ/2, ISO 1250

Can you tell what’s wrong with this photo? :)

UPDATE: The answer is that Rich (the photographer in the photo) is holding a Hoodman HoodLoupe to the back of a Pentax K1000 (a film camera with no LCD). The thing attached to the hot-shoe is a Pocketwizard he was using to trigger some lights in the studio, not a flash as some people suggested.

Great guesses, everyone! :)

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  1. Christian May 25, 2010 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    The way he or she is holding the camera.

  2. James Colyer May 25, 2010 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    um, gonna be blind for a few seconds with the flash on backwards!

  3. Dustin Finn May 25, 2010 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    Using a hoodman loop to look at the back of the camera – which I Think – is an old film camera…

    the other thing – which I am not clear on – is that there is a PW in the hot shoe – but I thought the Pentax hot shoe was a different size and didnt fit the PW…

    Oh well… first item I wrote is what I am seeing as odd…

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  5. Brad K May 25, 2010 at 12:24 pm - Reply

    I know there it’s probably something with the camera, but I’m going to have to go with the guy wearing a pinky ring.

  6. Dustin Finn May 25, 2010 at 12:47 pm - Reply

    Bahahah – Pinky Ring… That’s great!

  7. Mark Lewis May 25, 2010 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    It has to be the Hoopman Loupe, this was not necessary on the old Pentax!! Cool shot though love the contrast

  8. chris May 25, 2010 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    There’s no screen on the back of a film camera, but that does not stop me from looking at the back of mine or failing to advance the film between shots…

  9. David Corona May 25, 2010 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    The flash is facing backwards!

  10. Dustin Finn May 25, 2010 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    It’s funny to see a few posts about the flash facing “backwards” because I really, really, really think thats a pocket wizard…

    So do you really think that its a flash or is there a joke here that I’m missing :)

  11. @photogoofer May 25, 2010 at 3:38 pm - Reply

    He’s using a Pentax instead of a Canon;)

  12. Ken Porter May 26, 2010 at 6:48 am - Reply

    What a great goofy picture. Sure to be one of your iStock best sellers. Looks like a fully manual (ie, no auto anything), Pentax K1000 to me — same thing I used in my high school photography class to shoot B&W.

  13. Tom Sparks May 26, 2010 at 11:36 am - Reply

    But I bet he had a great view of the back. I still shoot with my K1000 when I have a yen for film. It was a great camera to learn with. Shooting with it today still makes me think because I can’t let the camera do all the work, and no instant preview.

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