In a way this says something about human brains.

Presumably both people took many pictures of many waves that day, but somehow both of them decided that this is the one that is the best from that trip.

As humans we share a similar metric for beauty. I find this idea simultaneously obviously and amazing.

I cropped the pictures, and rotated Ron's picture by 0.2° (it wasn't perfectly vertical), so as to line them up on the lighthouse's door:

Open both in 2 tabs on a computer, and quickly alternate between the 2 tabs, the 3D effect is quite visible because of the perspective differential :-)

Reading the title, I thought it would be this photo, which memed around Japan internet recently:

These two exposures surely overlapped, with the known photo probably exposing for tens of milliseconds on either side of the flash, but the lighthouse exposures might not have overlapped at all, yet captured a far more exact slice of time regardless.

This is great! When I look at each picture with one eye simultaneously, I see the image in 3d.
Stories like this remind me that in distributed systems time becomes a very imprecise concept at small scales.
What I want to know is whether those 2 photographers, Ron Risman & Eric Gendron, became friends from this extreme coincidence.
See also this previous discussion:

This is a fascinating article that covers something I've thought about plenty of times! Genuinely how often do people take virtually the same photo at the same time? You'd think it'd be more often at places like Disney World but it's fascinating to hear it happened in a scenario like this.
The main benefit of photography is not generating a beautiful or popular image, but teaching you how to really see the world, not just look at it in passing, or have it be the unseen background for an unregarded life.
(I realize that there are a few details that you can use to tell these apart, but,) Who gets to register the copyright on the image?
I don't get what's so fascinating here to be honest. There's only 1000 milliseconds in second guys. Imagine how many pictures are taken at the same time in a music concert for example.
1) I remember reading this the first time around, amazing article and analysis 2) dpreview is my go-to website for camera information (as gsmarena is for cellphones)
The fact that “burst mode” was used makes this coincidence far more likely.

Nevertheless, pretty cool ;)

This is the best evidence against UFO, ghosts, Nessi, big foot, etc that we have :)
This would make a fantastic 3d image.
Schelling point
Wonder what those anti-AI-copyright folks would say.

Should two photographers quote each other's work although both are completely original?

I'm surprised that the exif data was accurate to the millisecond. Quartz clocks won't typically maintain that precision over the course of a single day.
> ”Come to find out we were only 28 meters away from each other.”

As a point of clarity regarding the title of the article, that means they didn’t take the photo at the same moment.

What the title really means is that, the light from this instant in time hit each person camera sensor at the same moment.