February 18, 2002 - #10
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Connecticut’s Old Leatherman
The Leatherman article is now
complete and online in the Legends
section. The Leatherman is a wandering hobo who traveled in a 365-mile circle
between the Connecticut and Hudson rivers during the second half of the 1800s.
The article includes pictures of The Leatherman as well as images from one of
his many caves in the foothills of Connecticut.
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From the Town Square - Explanation of Orbs from Olympus
POSTED: February 17, 2002 by Jeff Belanger
I have taken (and posted) pictures
that contain orbs in them. I emailed
customer support at Olympus (the manufacturer of
my camera) and asked their opinion on one of my
I emailed them the original version of this
Here is my email to Olympus:
>>Three of these semi-transparent circles
are obvious (one over the rail on the right, one
over the car, and one over the rail on the left.)
Others are more subtle, like the semi-transparent
circle between the two car doors on the white car,
and a faint circle on the man's back.
The picture taken before this one and after it
have no such circles. Obviously this was taken in
low light, but I have seen the same results in broad daylight
(and not facing the sun, these are different from
a solar glare).
Any ideas what's causing this, and what can
The response from Olympus:
Thank you for contacting Olympus Digital Technical
Support in the United States.
Under certain conditions, digital cameras may
produce random white spots in pictures when using
the flash. This situation is usually more
noticeable on camera designs where the internal
flash is physically required to be close to the
picture taking lens.
Although the exact cause of this situation is not
known, this is believed to be caused by light
(from the flash) bouncing off of an object in the
picture scenario then reflecting back into the
lens. The "object" could even be
dust or moisture in the air. The light
bouncing around inside the lens, also referred to
as "lens flare", may cause these random white spots to occur in some
pictures. The spots are random, so the
location, quantity, and intensity of the spots may
vary from picture to picture and may not occur in
all flash pictures.
Once downloaded to a computer, the picture can
generally be easily corrected with minimal time
and effort using an image editing program to
remove the white spots. Many image editing
programs have a "cloning" tool that can
be used to reproduce the nearest neighboring
pixels to cover the white spots. Please refer to the
software program documentation for specific instructions on using
the different tools and techniques to touch up the
If the image quality due to this situation is
deemed unsatisfactory, the option of sending the
camera to Olympus for evaluation and/or service is
...End of Olympus Email...
Their explanation doesn't account for daylight
pictures that contain orbs where the flash isn't
used. I'll post more if I get any further
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