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#1 Ladydi

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Posted 13 May 2019 - 05:17 PM

This photo is weird and I would love your opinions on whether you think it is a spirit or not. It showed up in a very small window on the building so I had to enlarge the photo to show it. I will show you three photos of it. To be honest, it looks just like me and even has the color shirt on that I was wearing that day, but I'm not sure if my eyes are just making it look like someone to me. I question it because the 'spirit' is actually sideways on the window. I had to rotate the image to get it to look like it was standing upright.

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Posted 14 May 2019 - 09:17 AM

Depending where you want to take your paranormal journey, you will eventually start searching for answers that pertain to the mundane. A small level of science and physics is fundamental to begin ruling out the ordinary in hopes of being left with the extraordinary.

I’m now retired and depend on my portrait photography to make ends meet. The study of light is imperative to my financial survival. I won’t bore you with an abundance of information that will remain unused but I will offer a little direction with light and photography.

Understanding how light works with reflective surfaces should help in your latest submissions of ParanormalSoup. Glass reflects, transmits and absorbs light. Surprisingly, reflection in normal glass has the smallest fraction of the three properties amounting approximately to 4%. Light close to a glancing angle will produce higher amounts of reflection.

An object needs to be VERY close (on the inside) to the pane of glass to be illuminated when the outside is bathed in light. This is especially true when when the inside is shrouded in darkness. Once an inside source of light is introduced the object becomes illuminated and the glass no longer holds strong reflective properties resembling a mirror.

Your analysis of the object viewed in the photograph is most likely correct. It’s a reflection of you taking the picture. Unfortunately, the purity of the glass and low-resolution imaging (likely produced by a cellphone) diminish the properties of absolute identification.

I apologize to others in advance, but it’s worthy once again to use the immortal words, exhaust all-natural explanations first. Once that has taken place, you may have an unknown explanation usually linked to some paranormal event.

Cellphone photography has come a long way in the last decade. Recently I produced a 24-megapixel panorama from an iPhone and was astonished at the clarity and detail it created. Where cellphones typically fall short is in low light conditions. They physically are hampered by small sensors most of them only mustering ¼” diagonally.

There isn’t any standard of methodology in paranormal study. Many people like the scares or look for affirmation in their own personal beliefs. I wouldn’t suggest looking at paranormal shows as a role model in paranormal studies. They are meant for entertainment purposes and I brazenly can say, when there is no evidence available, to make the story line interesting, certain elements need to be introduced to keep it interesting.

I have a few suggestions if your look to pursue the paranormal photography with a level of credibility.
  • Try to find it in your budget to buy a quality of camera. APS-C cameras can be bought for a couple hundred dollars used.
  • Buy a tripod to reduce the possibility of camera shake and to enable long exposure possibilities
  • Use a remote trigger to reduce red herrings such as breath being introduced into the image under cold conditions.
  • Learn how your camera works to maximize your image quality under any condition.
  • Use a lens hood to shield the lens to reduce dust orbs becoming a concern in your images.
  • Use a flash when necessary. Depending on your workflow, supplying artificial light can be very beneficial allowing you to increase your shutter speed which will reduce camera shake & motion blur.

Good luck with your journey. You’re welcome to contact me if any further help is required but a thread created here on Paranormal Soup will be the most advantageous offering different viewpoints. Both novice and experienced investigators have a great deal to offer.

Edited by EVP, 14 May 2019 - 12:05 PM.


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Posted 14 May 2019 - 12:48 PM

Thank you so much for your well thought out and informative reply.
I have a Canon Rebel Si that is 12.2 megapixel. I used to do amateur photography and took several class in school, so I do have all the equipment. I am going to reread your information on light reflection. It's been several years since I've done photography and there is a lot I've forgotten.

I've worked not as a paranormal investigator but was the person people called when they needed help with spirits that were not ghosts. I'm very experienced in that, but not in photographing spirits. I used to preach to my clients to not take photos or try to communicate with spirit when they were experiencing a demonic haunting. It will make things much worse. I've kept my photos private up until now because how would it look if I told people to not take photos and they displayed some photos I've taken. lol. I've been dealing with spirits my entire life and have only taken a few photos. When I accidentally bring my work home with me I make a rule no cameras until I can get rid of it. The reason I make that rule is because one time during a violent demonic haunting I took a few photo and had a terrifying image of something attached to my son so I deleted it before he could see it and stopped taking photos. It also causes the spirits to want to interact more.

The reason I don't think it's a reflection is because it is sideways. The third photo I rotated to see the image better. Do you think reflection can rotate the image?

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Posted 14 May 2019 - 01:06 PM

View PostLadydi, on 14 May 2019 - 12:48 PM, said:

Thank you so much for your well thought out and informative reply.
I have a Canon Rebel Si that is 12.2 megapixel. I used to do amateur photography and took several class in school, so I do have all the equipment. I am going to reread your information on light reflection. It's been several years since I've done photography and there is a lot I've forgotten.

I've worked not as a paranormal investigator but was the person people called when they needed help with spirits that were not ghosts. I'm very experienced in that, but not in photographing spirits. I used to preach to my clients to not take photos or try to communicate with spirit when they were experiencing a demonic haunting. It will make things much worse. I've kept my photos private up until now because how would it look if I told people to not take photos and they displayed some photos I've taken. lol. I've been dealing with spirits my entire life and have only taken a few photos. When I accidentally bring my work home with me I make a rule no cameras until I can get rid of it. The reason I make that rule is because one time during a violent demonic haunting I took a few photo and had a terrifying image of something attached to my son so I deleted it before he could see it and stopped taking photos. It also causes the spirits to want to interact more.

The reason I don't think it's a reflection is because it is sideways. The third photo I rotated to see the image better. Do you think reflection can rotate the image?

Here's an additional suggestion that is often overlooked. If at all possible go back to the same location, at the same time of day under the same weather conditions, try to use the same angle and attempt a recreation. Otherwise you will wander purely in supposition. Ideally investigation should be done REALTIME where evidence is explored at that moment. Looking at images or listening to audio days after the investigation is problematic and will only result in continued questions without answers.

If you have Canon questions, you have come to right guy :)

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Do you think reflection can rotate the image?
No i don't, but I do believe the windows glass refractive properties can create visual illusions by distortion.

Edited by EVP, 14 May 2019 - 02:33 PM.