After asking Have astronauts in space suits ever taken selfies? If so, how? I started to think about the photo below, and especially the cropped and rotated section that I found in the Wikipedia article for Opposition Surge.
I always get confused by this pair of images. The sun is behind and to the side of Buzz Aldrin, who is inside the large spacesuit in the center of the large image below. That's why Aldrin's shadow is cast forward obliquely towards the camera.
In the reflection of Aldrin's gold-coated visor we also see Aldrin's shadow and the brightening of the reflection of the regolith forming a halo around Aldrin's helmet as seen in the zoomed and cropped image. Normally we see the halo around the photographer's camera, but in this photo we're viewing the regolith and shadow in reflection.
I have wondered for a while if this is just a fortuitous thing, an unintentional "selfie", or if it was planned or at least anticipated that an astronaut taking a photograph of another astronaut facing them at medium to close range would also have an image of themselves reflected in the visor, thereby imaging both astronauts on the Moon simultaneously.
- Did Astronauts rehearse their photoshoots on Earth?
- Is it therefore likely that Armstrong's "accidental selfie" was planned or at least anticipated?