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#586744 Photo Anomaly Spreads Itself Thin! - Photo!

Posted EVP on 21 October 2017 - 07:50 AM

View PostJim@GhostStudy, on 21 October 2017 - 12:01 AM, said:

What do you think about this Motion Gone Wild Photo?
Submitted to GhostStudy.com for consideration

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About this Photo
My son was goofing around with his digital camera last night and snapped a photo of himself while relaxing in his Lazy-boy Chair….this image is what he got….if you look closely in the right hand corner there seems to be a clear profile of a young man.  Would you be so kind as to look at it and tell me what you think?  When he first told me about it I was somewhat skeptical but after having blown it up on my computer I have to agree with him…he seems to have captured something on camera. Best Regards, Joanne *******

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Jim's Comments
I'll let the photography experts explain this. And I'm sure there's a word for this type of repeatable motion. But an absolutely fun capture!

This document I prepared myself with the necessary credits and acknowledgments.
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Please forgive a couple of grammatical errors and sentence structure. I have a paid shoot shortly and I did this up quickly. Regards, all.


#586046 Photo Making The Rounds On The Internet

Posted kevinscan on 09 October 2017 - 03:29 PM

I found some examples of camera blur just for interest.
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A man standing still at the top of an escalator while other people are getting off, long exposure.

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A shopping mall with   long exposure, almost everyone on the stairs is blurred

Just examples for comparison..


#586043 Photo Making The Rounds On The Internet

Posted The_Dead_Shall_Rise_Again on 09 October 2017 - 01:19 PM

i think a healthy discussion like this really adds to any forum and should continue.It is a good picture worth hearing all possible explanations about.


#585599 Kristen's Pictures

Posted Tarinya on 30 September 2017 - 07:51 PM

I don't think anyone is trying to insinuate that you aren't having experiences, but, I do feel like you're trying too hard to validate those experiences with photos. Some of the pics, I haven't been able to make out what I'm even looking at and others I just don't see anything. Photo's are difficult when dealing with something paranormal. It's very rare to actual catch anything, but if you WANT it to be something your mind usually will find what you want to see.
At some point I think you have to focus on what you're FEELING and the experiences you are having and try to deal with those. Though fear, grief, anxiety, unhappiness, etc can all lead us to think things are happening that maybe aren't.
Ultimately, everything posted here is our opinions of what you're sharing with us. We aren't there with you, we don't see and hear and feel the things that you do. And many of us are extremely skeptical. We're always looking for the natural, logical explanations.


#585563 Kristen's Pictures

Posted Vlawde on 30 September 2017 - 07:44 AM

View PostKristin, on 29 September 2017 - 02:44 PM, said:

I do want an explanation for all these photos the problem is with the explanations that the last site I was on didn't make any sense. Plus the people on that site were I am sorry to say very rude. I know these photos don't make sense but I know they are what they are. I just want to understand how and maybe it is explainable and fear made me see things. IDK that's why I keep trying to find some kind of answer.

I tend to agree with Lorac. At least to my eyes, there is nothing out of the ordinary in the photos so far. We have glare, reflections, dark lighting etc, which are perfect to make one try to see something that may not be there.No one can say there may not be activity since it happened to you, not them. But you might be trying too hard to try and validate your experiences by trying to find something in your photos


#586745 Photo Anomaly Spreads Itself Thin! - Photo!

Posted Vlawde on 21 October 2017 - 08:47 AM

I've seen similar photos, including on here, years ago.  It was explained at the time. Pretty sure it's another motion blur/light issue. It's likely the camera moved during the shot. The shutter was set for the background and the guy there, so no blur there. Then the TV (or whatever that is) is so bright that the slight movement was exaggerated. The other photos I am talking about were also square looking.

Looking again, it sure looks like a cell phone. Maybe the phone is what is moving


#586680 What's In Your Bag?

Posted EVP on 19 October 2017 - 04:50 AM

Preliminary Walkthroughs

I will keep this list mostly for solo exploration. Working in a team environment allows much more complicated setups for audio/video monitoring especially when you have the cooperation of others.

Preliminary investigations/walkthroughs are very important for a multitude of reasons and preferably performed during the day. This gives you the opportunity of meeting the proprietor/homeowner and discuss at greater length experiences that might not have been mentioned either through an email or by the phone. Walking through the establishment also gives you a better understanding of the layout and possibly a game plan for the investigation to potential areas you might want to monitor more thoroughly. Make sure you audio record during the walk-through.

Although my original topic mentioned solo as in “What’s In My Bag”, I cannot stress enough the importance investigating in pairs in case of a collective experience and more importantly from a safety aspect.

Equipment in No Order of Preference

Lights

Flashlights are indispensable in dark environments and having multiple sources of light are a necessity in the event of a failure. I am particularly fond of headlamps because it will keep your hands free for other equipment.

Notepad & Pen

This is a carryover of old school methods but they are just as important now as they were 20 years ago. Logging events with a timestamp could collaborate a mutually shared experience. Pen & paper can also be it effective in location logging when one moves around the establishment.

Audio Equipment

Thankfully, digital audio recorders have been much more affordable than the yesteryears and having multiple recorders allow you the freedom of monitoring several locations at one time. I use several different types but a quality recorder can be found for sixty dollars. Olympus seems be very popular.

I also bring an analog cassette recorder (Marantz PMD 430) along with a pair of dynamic microphones but that is not practical nowadays for most as quality tapes are now astronomical in price.

*Note* In my exploration the single most often found evidence is audio.

Cellphone

To place calls, obtain weather data & general information if need be but I turn the phone off when I am actively investigating. If you are monitoring with AC EMF meters, the cell towers cycle periodically which will spike your meter.

EMF Meters

I use both AC and DC/Magnetic meters and prefer the Tri-Field Natural for anomalous monitoring. AC meters are useful for manmade field that could affect humans. The Tri-Field Natural is unique as it zeros out and monitors fluctuations from a base reading. Unfortunately, this meter is a stationary meter and is not meant for one in motion.

*Note* I do not consider meters a necessity and have reduced their use primarily for readings at the start of an investigation and at the end. The exception would be when the atmospheric conditions seem to change and looking for a validation.

Digital Camera

There are mixed trains of thought about using a camera for evidence collection. I see them useful for documenting but I always have one available at an investigation. Including a tripod and remote trigger will aid in low light conditions removing camera shake.

You do not have to spend a bundle on camera equipment for paranormal use. In fact, I am using an old Canon T2i that can be found cheaply on eBay. I would recommend an APS-C sensor for lower light conditions. This will remove artifact commonly found in camera with sensor sizes proven inadequate. I am a Canon fan boy but the best value right now is a used Nikon D7000. It is great under low light conditions with an abundance of features found in higher end cameras.

Film cameras are for the brave.I am not one of those regardless of having a SLR background.

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Handheld Video Camera

Definitely a mainstay for validation. Nothing beats visually a video camera capable of producing 30 fps to record an investigation. Accessories IR boosters can be a benefit but there is not any crime leaving the lights on either. Performing investigations in the dark can be interesting but not a necessity. The media loves the photo reflective eyes produced in dark environments with IR for drama.

Sony has now discontinued all of the Sony Handi-cams that were consumer grade with IR. Unfortunately, they hold a patent on the technology and other manufacturers are limited in usage. If thrifty, one can find analog and some HD version on eBay still.

Spare Batteries

I only use rechargeable Panasonic Eneloops because of the significant cost on throwaways on long term. They are consistent and do not suffer from failure found on low-end batteries. They will also save your equipment from damage. Unless you remove store bought batteries, you stand a chance in bursting if left in for long durations.

Folding Chair

This was learned from experience in several ways. Sitting quietly during a “dark vigil” cannot always be obtained by parking yourself on the floor. Less noise equals less contamination in audio.

Most importantly, I witnessed a huge no no when a tired investigator decided to sit on some historic furniture and yes, something broke. That was the real catch-point for importance. ALWAYS bring a folding chair when investigating historic locations.

Other Considerations

• The most important piece of equipment is a logical, critical mind. Make sure you are well rested.
• Always bring food and beverages.
• Ensure you have eaten prior to investigations. You need to stay focused and not worry about your stomach.
• Walkie-talkies if you plan on roaming with another investigator.

I carry most of this equipment in 3 bags. Equipment requirements will change when working in a team environment.

Most of what I have written is redundant. Vlawde did an excellent job of outlining essentially the same I have. He was thorough and detailed which is an absolute being a consummate investigator. I also appreciate others willing to contribute their valuable time and post in this thread. Thank you all!!

Happy Hauntings All!


#586666 Trolls, Fairies And Other Mythical Creatures

Posted EVP on 18 October 2017 - 08:10 PM

The original image was 160 pixels x 120 pixels. I have enlarged it 700% using pixel enlargement software to 1120 pixels x 840 pixels. Unfortunately with such poor resolution and size even as good as pixel enlargement software has become, extensive pixelation and artifact takes place. This image perfectly illustrates how pareidolia can be the source of confusion.

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#586617 What's In Your Bag?

Posted Vlawde on 17 October 2017 - 05:59 PM

Prelimenaries are very important. Often we'd interview the clients and check out the place before setting up an investigation, and found many just WANTED the place to be haunted because they saw it on TV. There were quite a few we never investigated because they were obviously delusional or just wanting to brag they had ghosthunters in their house. Aside from those cases, we found it was a good time to ask questions, find out where activity and happened and what kind of activity was happening so we could be better prepared when we came back to do the investigation. One time we drove 2 or so hours out of town to do a prelim. Wasted trip, and no reason to think there was anything really happening. Whole town was tweakers and sex offenders (honest!)

I'd say a flashlight. I always have several maglights in my case, since you're in the dark a lot, it has a lot to do with safety, as well as looking for equipment in your case, etc.

I always carry a still camera (not a rotten cell phone camera). It's good for snapping pics of the area being investigated for future reference. However, I can say I've never gotten anything I'd consider paranormal using a still camera.

Videocamera with night shot capability. I think Sony actually discontinued their nightshot series. I have captured some interesting anomalies with it. Sparks and sudden flashes of light, some movement, etc.

A monitor may not be necessary for all investigations, but if you want to keep an eye on a room with a static camera, or even with an investigator in the room, it is helpful.

LOTS of extension cords and batteries, and video cables, especially if a monitor will be in use

And of course infrared lights so the videocam CAN be used in the dark. I started with a small battery-run IR attachment to the camera, but it tended to light up a small area like a flashlight would, so I invested in a larger IR light that ran on electricity, and did a good job of lighting up a room.

Digital recorder is a must. I think we got much more evidence in the form of EVPs  than by any other means. It's important to learn all it's functions before taking it out in the field.

EMF detector can be helpful, especially to determine if electrical stuff could be emitting high EMF and affecting the residents perception...or maybe stimulating paranormal activity

I've never found digital thermometers to be helpful, but your mileage may vary.

And of course a case to put all this in! I'm not a fan of ghost boxes/Ovilus type equipment. random words and radio snippets at best IMO. I used ones that belonged to others and didn't think they were worth investing in, but again. your mileage may vary.

Just as if not more important, is your senses. It may not PROVE anything, but take the time to sit in silence, listen, etc


#586478 Your World

Posted Jim@GhostStudy on 15 October 2017 - 01:51 AM

EVP, your photo captures are amazing. And that flower is like the most magnificent capture of a rose I have ever seen in my life... and I really mean that.

Thank you for a such a rare treat in this early morning hour (3:00 am).

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#586286 Hi I Like Taking Pictures

Posted Mr.747 on 13 October 2017 - 05:58 PM

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#586037 Photo Making The Rounds On The Internet

Posted Vlawde on 09 October 2017 - 11:40 AM

My main intent in posting was educational, it was to show how normal photographic stuff could be misinterpreted as paranormal.


#585996 Photo Making The Rounds On The Internet

Posted EVP on 08 October 2017 - 06:07 PM

View PostJim@GhostStudy, on 08 October 2017 - 03:54 PM, said:

I'm not convinced it's long exposure.

Vlawde... did this come from another forum you visit? Or a website? What are they saying in the comments there?

Chances are the image was taken with a small sensor cellphone that requires essentially outdoor light to properly expose without dragging the shutter unless the subject matter is close to a fired flash which it is not. 95% of all images are now captured with cellphones. BTW- EXIF data has preserved one piece of data suggesting the EXIF was formulated by Motorola. Thus definitely a cellphone.

Wikipedia defines long exposure as follows:

Long-exposure, time-exposure, or slow-shutter photography involves using a long-duration shutter speed to sharply capture the stationary elements of images while blurring, smearing, or obscuring the moving elements. Long-exposure photography captures one element that conventional photography does not: an extended period of time.

This image definitely qualifies as a long exposure.

I recently mentioned that people's memory for detail are exponentially affected as time passes.  I have no doubt with the amount of activity viewed clearly in this image, recall of details are compromised. Another fact that many courtroom testimonies are thrown out of court because of huge inaccuracies with detail and timelines.

Just because someone says there wasn't a little girl in the room at the time unfortunately doesn't make it fact. There are still plenty of people who believe the world is flat (flatliners) but it doesn't make it truth.

I conclude with a high level of certainty that a long shutter was required (camera basics) & memory of all participates was compromised because of excessive activity and a significant lapse of time without documentation.

Always use natural explanations first and once all are exhausted examine what might be left. There is far more in favor of camera function and lack of recall that the "white little girl" is a ghost IMO. There isn't any supportive evidence the image is spiritual in nature.

Jim this dissertation wasn't meant to appear directed at you but the "long exposure" correction was.


#585858 Something Is In My House!

Posted EVP on 05 October 2017 - 02:28 PM

View PostMenet, on 05 October 2017 - 06:37 AM, said:

Thank you, EVP, for that very warm welcome.  I'm glad to be back and I'm glad that you are here.   I can't think of anyone better to take with them than you when it comes to exploring haunted places.

Can you tell me why ghost hunter's take before and after pictures.  I've never understood it.  Documentation?  There is seldom anything before or after an anomalous capture.  Is it all about lighting?

Thanks Menet!

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Can you tell me why ghost hunter's take before and after pictures?  I've never understood it.

Many investigators feel that there is a strong possibility of evidence if only one of the images contains the anomaly. The one frame to their logic suggests a change in conditions. If the preserved anomaly is observed in multiple frames, further investigation of the location can reap a simple explanation if it is a long-standing condition. Phenomena usually is very brief when it manifest although there are exceptions.

Unfortunately, there is faulty logic in that determination unless controls are implemented during the investigation. Even then, there still is possibility of human error. Evidence collection is most often reviewed days later and phenomena is usually detected during the data sifting.

Our team mostly monitors during an investigation from a home base where all investigators are accounted. When we performed dark vigils, we camp out in one location in groups and we documented who, what, where and timestamp. I have seen many an investigations where you have investigators wandering around, creating noise with no documentation supporting their movement. Several days later, the data is reviewed and someone detects phantom footsteps (investigators moving) or anomalous lights (flashlights) caught in video. No one is going to remember without a log that “John & David” were roaming at that time.

I learned early in my tenure the pitfalls of data sifting. If possible, investigations needs to be conducted real-time not days after when our minds can no longer remember miniscule details. There have been plenty of scientific studies in event retention and we become exponentially forgetful in a very short period. We also have difficulty in retelling events after the fact and the more we tell the story, the more it changes. Remember the old game telephone. In fact, criminal testimony from witnesses are most often discredited because of inaccuracies.

A good read is Scientific Paranormal Investigation: How to Solve Unexplained Mysteries by Benjamin Radford. I must warn you, if you are en-wrapped with strong belief systems with the paranormal, this book will test you and could anger your inner self. Radford is a hardcore skeptic part of the Randi brand and at times very brutal chastising the ghost hunter. I do respect him. He sharpened my critical thinking process during an investigation.

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Documentation?

To be more concise, a picture of a dwelling(s), room(s), entrances and hallways that would be included in a report resulting from an investigation. Quite often including an image in a report when describing an event allows a more thorough understanding of a situation described in text.

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There is seldom anything before or after an anomalous capture.

As mentioned above, most phenomena is observed only for a brief moment. It is believed the energy needs specific conditions to manifest and lasts typically a fraction of a second before extinguishing like a light bulb being turned off.

I personally have only witnessed phenomena collectively a couple of times but on two occasions, it was not a fraction of a second. The phenomena lasted once for 10 seconds. It is quite possible my perception of time when that took place was misrepresented. When that happens your mind is thrown into a quandary and I can see time being misplaced for a variety of reasons.

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Is it all about lighting?

I personally believe controlling lighting during an investigation is crucial. Using off camera lighting for still cameras, video camera is vital unless you enjoy sifting through footage of naturally created orbs created by humans, nature, dog dander caught between the lens and flash used.

We had our surveillance system cameras modified shortly after purchase. IR lights were swarmed around the video lens on each camera. Our technical manager modified the IR lights so they could be turned off with a toggle. We experimented with UV-A (black lights) and with IR panels well away from the cameras to reduce light bounce from the contaminated air.

Another good read on Orbs:

http://ghostgadgets....ledge/orbs.html

In my opinion, most orbs can be explained. Controlling the conditions will reduce the red herrings. There are exceptions but scientists explain it as possibly ball lightning or ignited swamp gas.

I have once observed a self-illuminating orb with a 3-foot long tail meander almost with purpose for several seconds among several tombstones before disappearing. The jury is out on that one event but it was definitely worthy to witness.


#585797 Some Odd/frightening Things Happening In And Outside Of My Home

Posted Vlawde on 04 October 2017 - 03:35 PM

INDRID Cold! ;)

https://northatlanti...e-grinning-man/

He actually is part of the Mothman lore

http://weekinweird.c...an-called-cold/

I had heard about Cold when reading John Keel's book the Mothman Prophecies. It sounds like there actually was someone with that name (or using that name)


#585752 Ghost Orb Outside?

Posted darknesswolf on 03 October 2017 - 06:53 AM

hey guys :)
I passed down the same road where this pic was made.
seems to be just a rooftop through the trees.. so nothing special, sorry!
darn! I really thought I got something this time!
won't stop me from doing further ghost photography :)
and this time, I'll watch out for  rooftops...


#585635 Kristen's Pictures

Posted siguie on 01 October 2017 - 01:15 PM

View Postlorac61469, on 30 September 2017 - 07:29 AM, said:

So basically you're saying that you know they're paranormal. Is that what I'm reading?

Because if it's answers you're really looking for I believe we've addressed what the could be, folded pants, motion blur, low light, pixelated photos, reflections.

I'm not sure if you're familiar with the word pareidolia?

Definition of pareidolia

:the tendency to perceive a specific, often meaningful image in a random or ambiguous visual pattern
The scientific explanation for some people is pareidolia, or the human ability to see shapes or make pictures out of randomness. Think of the Rorschach inkblot test.


Actually I think the problem is less pareidolia and more "observer-expectancy effect" basically she knows SOMETHING is going on ... after all there was her childs experience along with her husband and then even her own. Now that she is looking for answers she's taking photos/videos in order to get that and anything not quite right is suspect and being attributed to whatever is happening to her.

This kind of thing is both common and understandable considering the situation :yes:

Kristin, think of this like you are a stalking victim who sees signs/evidence of their stalker all around them. What you see may indeed be correct BUT here we are acting as the police investigators trying to make sure what you present is truly evidence. Because photo and video artifacts are common, once you add in pareidolia and what you expect to see ... well that's where things get complicated. It may be the entity you suspect, it may be multiple entities working together, it may be some other paranormal activity all together or it may be nothing at all :no: We are just trying to be objective and figure out what is what making as few assumptions as possible :yes:


#585452 Kristen's Pictures

Posted lorac61469 on 28 September 2017 - 09:23 PM

Wouldn't the figure you see in the mirror be the photographer? I mean her reflection has to be somewhere.


#585338 Strange Lights....

Posted Vlawde on 26 September 2017 - 10:38 AM

I think many ufo's are our own secret military craft. I don't necessarily buy that the rest are all aliens. I believe there's an interdimensional aspect to them. Possibly some mind messing and illusions too


#586807 Does Halloween Stimulate Paranormal Activity?

Posted EVP on Yesterday, 06:15 PM

View PostKlaineyGStudy, on 23 October 2017 - 04:25 AM, said:

Halloween wasn't something that was wildly celebrated in Australia while my children or I were growing up. So I don't know I might have to google a bit  I have noticed in the last few years there is more interest in it.

1. I think anything that draws attention like Halloween can increase interest.
2. I haven't done any studies or seen any.
3. No, I haven't but I am interested to see if anyone's investigated too. and if they have what were their findings : yes:

Good topic  

Klainey: I think anything that draws attention like Halloween can increase interest.

I lean towards a similar answer Klainey. If projection (poltergeist activity) and or studies like the alleged “Philip Experiment” are taken into account, I would say it is possible. Admittedly, Halloween represents something entirely different. It is tangible but interest in the other side becomes a mainstream interest at this time of year because of the cash cow it creates. It ranks #2 in-generated revenue next to Christmas.

For those unfamiliar of the “Phillip Experiment”, The Toronto Psychical Society allegedly created a ghost back in the 70’s from the power of collective thought. I realize the scientific community regards this as nothing but a hoax but I try to keep myself open regardless of being empirically based.

Here’s a good link to those interested in the Philip Experiment.

I also understand that in Australia, Halloween does not hold the same fascination as North America or the European countries. Different history, different culture, and completely different belief systems.


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