A Feeble but Fun “What am I?” Quiz
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What am I?

This is not really worthy of being a my “What am I?” quiz, but it's got a certain element “what the... huh?” to it initially that requires a moment's reflection to clear up. That initial confusion is fun, and so to allow you that moment of perplexity, I'd thought I'd post it as a quiz, without any prior context.

Lest you remain confused, the Exif data should make it clear.

In any case, as always, I'll hold comments back for a day or two until I post the answer.

All 6 comments so far, oldest first...

Well, the inside looks like it’s been charred, so it must be a cask. With a glass bottom that reflects?
Is that the top of your head in a reflection, or someone else?

— comment by Grandma Friedl, Ohio, USA on April 6th, 2012 at 3:10am JST (12 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Could it be an incomplete whisky barrel from the Yamazaki distillery ? 🙂

— comment by Mathieu Renier on April 6th, 2012 at 3:14am JST (12 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Is it a glass bottom of a whisky barrel?:)

— comment by Endre Toth on April 7th, 2012 at 6:06am JST (12 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

This is DEFINITELY looking inside a wooden barrel or nail-keg. I can see a bung-hole in the center above the red area.

=Alan R.

— comment by Alan Reinhart on April 7th, 2012 at 10:58pm JST (12 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Not that the answer will be a surprise to anyone, but I’ve posted the answer here. —Jeffrey

— comment by Jeffrey Friedl on April 8th, 2012 at 5:57pm JST (12 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Enjoyed the complexity of the post and actually read most of the exif material. Was surprised to see the Voigtlander lens mentioned. When I was in Japan 1953-1956, the Army PX sold a Voigtlander camera that was a kind of fold out and it was pretty good. I didn’t know they made lenses for Nikon or any other camera. I use Canon cameras but used to use a Nikon back when they first started out and were using metal from beer cans for the bodies.

It’s actually made by Japanese company Cosina, circa 2002. I don’t know whether “Voigtlander” is anything more than a venerable name, or whether they had some kind of hand in the design, but it’s the name that the lens goes by. —Jeffrey

— comment by Abraham Lincoln on April 9th, 2012 at 7:40pm JST (12 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink
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