Originally Posted by newvideo
As someone who lights stuff for a living, I'm a bit suspicious. In a "cafeteria" environment, I'd expect a down angle shot to reflect typical ceiling mounted "box shaped" lights. The reflective surface of this plate shows a very even RING of highlights on it's outer diameter. I'd expect that from a "flown softbox" lighting approach. That would also account for the very minimal and diffuse shadows from the food on the plate.
Also, the camera angle is essentially perfectly square overhead to the subject rendering the plate as an ideal circle. That also usually means that the hand/ arm holding the camera would typically cast a diffuse shadow on the subject. Where is that? this kind of result is more typical of a ring light mounted at the camera lens (would better explain the round hightlights on the plate diameter, BTW. Not something you'd expect on a quick
engineer in the cafeteria snap.
So unless the cafeteria in question has VERY interesting overhead lighting, I'm gonna be skeptical of the story here.
Not impossible, but all those physical clues make this kinda unlikely to my thinking.
For what it's worth.
Originally Posted by jd_in_sb
I think you may have found a smoking gun...
If the picture was taken on the Apple campus, it is unlikely it happened in the cafeteria.
After all, Apple is highly secretive. Unreleased products are not waltzed around the hallways. They are kept in locked labs; when they are transported, they are draped under black cloth (and/or boxed) until they reach their secure destination.
If this photo was taken at 1 Infinite Loop, it was done so in a lab. Whether or not a top-secret lab would have the lighting that would generate this photo is debatable, but no one here should expect that this photo was taken at the cafeteria which would have plenty of non-Apple diners (friends, family, vendors, etc.).