Sometimes a Cigar is Just a Cigar!
Posted 17 July 2003 - 05:27 PM
I'll start out:
I had what seemed to be a really good pic of a moving orb in my basement. I had captured it in infrared with my camcorder. It was bright and slowly moved across the camcorders field of view.
When I examined the footage (which I always do before saying it is a spook) I noticed that the orb was moving slowly with a steady downward slope. I then noticed that the orb appeared right after I had passed within a foot of the camera and was drifting in from the direction I went to. When I went to frame-by-frame analysis I followed the orb until it passed out of the IR emitters field of illumination and followed it on down to a support post. Not surprisingly, without the IR brightening the out of focus orb, I could see it changed into a speck. Haunted dust? maybe *LOL*
What actually happened was that I stirred up a dust mote when I passed the camcorder. It was brightly illuminated (similar to a flash on a camera) and simply drifting as air currents and gravity determine its course.
The point being that a single picture anywhere along the line of travel would look like an orb similar to many posted here, but it wasn't *snicker* We need to remember that a camera freezes but one split second in time and mistakes in interpretation can be easily made. Thats why I like video, it helps give a more complete examination of the event in question.
Posted 17 July 2003 - 06:16 PM
Several years ago, prior to my hubby and I meeting, I lived in an apartment here in Toronto in an 80+ year old house in an area known locally as Parkdale. In it's heyday, Parkdale was THE address, but in the 1970's & 80's, it went downhill. Lots of boarding homes, halfway houses, rented rooms, some murders, etc. It's good again now btw....
Anyway, my roommate took a photo of me by the door one night before we went out to The Sanctuary (miss that old goth bar...). A week later, the roll gets developed and we look at the pics. That shot of me had a transparent, 'rough' line through it. It was the only pic on the roll like that.
"Ghost!" my roommate cried. Until I pulled out a photo I had taken a year earlier in Myrtle Beach...with the same image in it, that same white line, in the exact same spot on the picture. It was the camera strap. ;D
Other than that, the only experiences I've personally had where the first thought was 'Ghost!', but upon investigation proved otherwise...involved my cat doing strange, catly things. Although I still cannot explain her watching something invisble to me on the ceiling. I checked and no bugs......
Krafted with luv
Posted 18 July 2003 - 04:33 AM
Come on villagers!! Don't be shy!
I am NOT saying that paranormal events do not happen. I just want examples of events that seemed paranormal at first, but turned out to be natural causes. We can all learn something from these experiences.
Posted 18 July 2003 - 08:15 AM
At first there appeared to be an apparition of a man in the photo, but upon closer examination it was a bush positioned just right against a rather large tombstone .
The lighting played the illusion trick on not only my eyes but on the eyes of several others who checked out the photo.
I see it all too often with posted pics of what people believe to be paranormal. :-/ The photos arent paranormal at all, rather they are explainable errors in either photography or judgement.
The bush shot example I gave above is only one of many reason I am very cautious about what I suppose to be of a paranormal nature.
Your credibility depends greatly upon your track record and if your not sure , its better left alone until further examination can reveal more definite answers.
P.S. Good topic Flying
Posted 24 July 2003 - 11:43 AM
I have one although I still feel really dumb about it, but it did occur right after a real paranormal sighting. I was in Cove Cemetery with the group that I belong to and I saw a bright pure white ribbon of light move through the air (about 8 ft off the ground) I spun around with my Sony Nightshot camcorder to try and get it on film but it was too fast, (BTW that is the paranormal event I ruled out everything that could have caused it, it was really fast, and a really intense white light, no one from our group was in that area except me, and there are no houses or other sources of light) anyway, I got distracted from the ribbon of light and looking for it because I had a bright orb floating in the darkness in front of me on the camcorder, it would disappear and then reappear always staying in the same area. I called over other people from my group to view it as well on the camcorder, people got excited, then I realized, when I moved the orb of light moved as well, (bear in mind it was really dark) so, I started to move forward and then realized that the IR emitter was bouncing off of a super reflective gravestone that I could not see about 10 feet away. It only bounced back at certain angles that is why the orb appeared and disappeared. Man, I felt dumb, worse I have it video! It was an important lesson to learn though about IR and reflective surfaces.
Posted 24 July 2003 - 01:50 PM
Love that example! OK I'll share an embarrassing one also. I had not had my infrared camcorder for very long and I was on a hunt in a local cemetery. I saw an orb in the distance on the viewfinder and grew very excited. As I moved toward the orb, I realised that I could not see it at all with the naked eye, but their it was bright as a little round sun on the camcorders viewfinder. I kept moving toward the orb and alternating glancing up with my eye (still could not see it) and watching for movement on the viewscreen.
I thought I had caught something special, but when I came close I realised it was just a bicycle type reflecter mounted on a stick for a grave decoration. Then the embarrassment set in as I realised the reason it was on the camcorders viewscreen, but I couldn't see it, was of course, that I was taping in infrared-invisible to the eye.
I looked around to make sure my hunting buddy didn't catch me with that one! LOL :-[
So I know how you felt......
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