On a seemingly ordinary New Year's Eve, professional photographer Gavin Best decided to go on a scenic hike at Cavehill in Belfast with his friends.
Although he didn't have his advanced camera equipment with him, he couldn't resist capturing the breathtaking landscape that lay before him. Little did he know, this would turn out to be a momentous decision.
The resulting photograph showcased a picturesque scene with exceptional lighting, composition, and framing. Best was thrilled with the shot he had taken. However, it wasn't until he closely examined the photo at home that he noticed something unusual.
Upon closer inspection, he spotted a tiny dot in the distance, situated on a rock. What initially seemed like an insignificant detail turned out to be a man at a peak—mid-jump, presumably to capture another incredible photo.
"When I looked at the pictures on my phone afterward, I didn't notice anything unusual; it was only a few days later, when I was going through the photos on my computer, that I noticed something there and zoomed in," Best explained to The Mirror.
While some speculated that the photo could have been staged, Best denied this. He claimed that he couldn't even see anyone in the area where the photo was taken at the time.
The mysterious figure appeared to be standing close to the cliff edge, a considerable distance from the camera, leading some to wonder if the person was attempting to 'jump off the cliff.'
Best, however, assured that this was not the case, as there were also other people present, visible in his other photos from that memorable day at Cavehill.