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Why Show Pictures of Bugs, Rain, Dust, and Camera Flashes?

 

As much as this site tries to prove the existence of orbs, EMFs, electronic voice phenomenon, spirit visitations, the afterlife and all forms of spirit communication, it also tries to disprove the rain, bug, dust theory. Pictures have been taken so you, the reader, can see the difference. More tests will be done and will be posted once completed. The pictures posted here have been taken during both light and heavy rain as well as no or a lot of wind blowing to show the affect of wind. I would strongly recommend reading the brief article on raindrops, their shape, and experiments on the "Scientific Study" page of this site for a better understanding when distinguishing what you may have captured on film. Trying as hard as several of us can, we still have not been able to come up with anything that looks like orbs - their distinctive shape, density, design and texture, however, we have come up with some very unique observations that certainly could be misunderstood and thought to be paranormal spirit activity or spirit photos, when in fact, they are natural occurrences. One point in view when it comes to EMF readings, the ionization in the air can make the meter spike higher then it will on a dry day.
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Although moisture and water are the hardest to determine the difference between it/them from real orbs, dust is much easier to disprove. For a reflection to occur from dust, the dust itself must either be on the lens or at least 2" - 3" inches from the lens in order to reflect, according to some of the best professional photographers. One of the best way to determine if you have captured dust is to gauge the distance from the camera to the particle or orb. One way to do this is to see how far you are away from an object and if there is anything between you and the orb/particle in the picture. Examples would be a reflection of the orb on something behind it or a partial orb behind something at a distance.


Christmas Light Reflection

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Although this is a beautiful photograph, you can tell by looking at it that the person taking the photo was very close to the family and the Christmas tree from the angle it was taken from. What appears on Michelle's forehead is not an anomaly but rather one of the Christmas lights reflecting on to the camera lens and then showed up on Michelle's forehead when the shutter button was clicked. Always check for light sources and angle whenever you take photographs. Photo submitted by Michelle.


Spider and Web on Camera Lens.

 

      

This photo, submitted by Deb Stahl, can be easily mistaken for a "veil" because of its shape and transulence, but it is just a small spider web which is covering the lens of a trail cam. It is also a perfect example on how distance can be deceiving in a photograph.


Optical Illusions and Matrixing

 

We cannot trust our eyes or brains anymore then we can any other of our five senses completely. Often people see things that are not there, or can change. This is called matrixing and illusions. Matrixing is when our brain wants to recognize what our eyes are seeing into something familiar. I have put two really good examples to show you that all things are not what they appear to be at times.

It is important to understand matrixing when capturing photo mistakes. Just as the first will not only bring a color circle to a flat wall, it will also bring out a distinctive face. The second photo is simply a beautiful flower with a butterfly, but we can see how it looks like a pretty girl. Often times people see faces in orbs or other anomalies without realizing that shadows, or flaws in something in the background is what is creating these illusions.


Optical Illusions - We cannot trust our eyes!

 

                                                


A Real Photo and Matrixing

 

This is a regular photograph submitted by my friend, Jota Pedrosa of Brazil. To most people they will see what appears to be the face of Jesus in front of a man and a woman, but look closer and really study the picture and you will see a mom standing up and a father sitting down holding his little girl who has a bonnet on. The child's arm at first sight looks like the mustache of Jesus. What appears to be the hair and beard is only the foliage in the area. Our eyes, just like our ears are easy to fool at times so each and every photograph must be scrutinized in order to find the truth.


Rain on a lens

 

Please notice that in this photo of Hurrican Irene, the wind was making the rain hit the lens of the professional camera being used by the cameraman. You can see the size is relatively consistent in size as they splashed on the lens, plain in color and do not have the intensity of light, texture, or the stronger outline as you see in orbs.


Focus and Movement

 

Deb Stahl started a real mystery when she sent in the top left photo which appeared in the middle of the photo. In her attempt to recreate the photo, she got the top right (corner of a light source) and the two lower pictures. In seeing other items in the photo it became aware that what caused this was two different things. In the bottom right photo, her camera is in focus and she is actually taking a photo of a traffic light she has on her barn. Although there was nothing in the top left (original) pic to compare the anomaly to as the background was pure black and it falsly appeared to be in focus, we were able to see that in the other two photos, the camera was out of focus as could be seen in other items in the larger photos. If you notice, in the bottom left photo the light is a verticle oblong instead of a horizonal oblong. This was caused by a slight sideway movement of the camera, which could have been a minor movement of the hands, which can occur by even sighing or taking a deep breath, or be caused by Deb shifting weight from one leg to another. Any lighting from any source will create a different shape by the slightest of movement and this is one reason to try to use a tripod, if you can. Since that is not always possible, try to lean against something for balance if there is something handy, but always be aware of any camera movement.


Camera Hints

 

Non digital cameras can create double and triple exposures, however most digital aim and click cameras can't unless they have features like zoom, settings, and you can change the shutter speed. Because the shutter of your camera stays open longer if set on night vision, and if you are taking a picture of a person or animal and they move quickly, you can get multiple illusions. The biggest mistake with digitals is that movement of the camera or object, light reflection or refraction, or out of focus settings can cause very unusual photographs. It is always necessary to know how to rule out various conditions that can affect our pictures.


Sun Reflection

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Sun reflection can be very decieving. This photo was taken on the opposite side of the room from a window, and appeared on the ceiling. It is not a flying rod, or anything paranormal, but a reflection bouncing off the back window and the shape is caused by the curtains blowing from a soft breeze.


Sun Flare Streak

 

The blue, white, and red streak you are seeing is a result of sun flare which can occur whenever you aim your camera toward the sun. You should always keep your back toward the sun whenever possible to avoid this. This picture was taken by a trail camera facing the east and meant to capture night time photos, but the sun rose before I took the camera down so decided to use it to show a normal happening that could be mistaken by some people as something paranormal.


Sunflare and ?

 

Submitted by Deb Stahl. This video clip was taken from a trail cam as it picked up sun flare, which can be erroneously misunderstood as something paranormal when it is simply the rays of the sun. One thing that does stand out is the orange phenomenon that appears at the end of the clip. This form of energy is NOT part of the sun flare and I cannot see anything that could have reflected on to the lens and then back into the picture so the only thing I can conclude is that it is a form of energy, but not consistent with flare.<p>

                                                                                                              




Raindrops on Lens

 

       

These pics were taken by a TV camera of a hurricane. The star looking reflection is coming from a lamp post from the other side of the sheets of rain. The second picture is an enlargment of the rain itself to show that these sheets are made out of individual drops. Notice how rain does not change its spherical shape. The spheres you see are actual drops of water on the camera lens itself. Note the difference in size as the photographer changes his zoom to get a closer shot. It makes the drops on the lens look bigger then they really are. The octogon shapes of some droplets is a result of the design of the shutter.


Raindrops or Orbs?

 

This picture is of raindrops running off an umbrella, submitted by Patti. Adding to a bit of confusion is how do you tell this from real orbs with contrails showing their direction of projection? Rain and moisture are the easiest of all things to mistake for orbs.

There can be two different things going on it this picture. One is a slight movement of the camera, and the other is refraction of the waves as the are deflected when the waves go through a substance (the drop itself).

Notice that the some of the drops have changed form - impossible for raindrops as proven in laboratory experiments by Philipp Lenard, Nobel Prize winner in 1905, proving even the hardest of updrafts in the atmosphere does not change the shape of raindrops. They are either spherical or a hamburger shape depending on the speed at which they are falling. (See more on his experiment on the "Scientific Study" page).

Changes in the shape of the drop itself had to occur by a slight movement of the camera, which was also proven via experiments about adding movement to a picture. There are four ways to do distort a picture by camera movement:

  • Move the camera or subject for an abstract blur except for the subject - which would have been the raindrop itself.
  • Move camera and subject slowly at the same time for a slightly blurred affect.
  • Move camera and subject fast for a very blurred affect on the background.
  • Move the camera and flash on the subject for a blurred background affect.

    If you look at this picture closely, you will see the raindrops are rounder, bigger, and distorted then normally seen in a regular photograph where there is not as much movement and/or refraction. In this particular picture the movement had to be from right to left or vice versa, rather then upward or downward which would have made them longated.

    Below is a photograph showing the difference between a regular picture, this picture, reflection, and refraction.


  • Rain Reflection in Dark

     

    This picture was taken in the extreme darkness, while raining from a distance of approximately 1 1/2' to 2' from the bush. Notice the shape and size of these raindrops compared to orbs.


     

                                                                


    These Are Reflections

     

    The one thing I've promised the readers of this site is complete and total honesty, where ever that may lead, with no exaggeration or embellishment on my part, or in this case - confusion. The pictures above ARE NOT orbs, but reflections produced by TV cameras. All of these orb looking reflections were taken from my TV and are not anything paranormal. I do have to admit they had me going for a couple of days, doubting myself and real orbs. I couldn't help but wonder if a TV camera could create these, then can a normal digital camera do the same thing, and if so, are orbs real or just a creation of reflection. The next upsetting thing was "how do I explain this to the readers of the site, without deflating the belief in true orbs"?

    Needless to say, these photographs really "muddy the water" when dealing with true orbs. How do we tell "real" orbs from "reflection"? There are somethings that I DO KNOW, and can understand from my experiments. As you will see from the rest of the photos on this page, I've tried to set forth certain conditions that can create anomalies. I'll set out my own personal thoughts, as I know them, to try to explain my understanding to the best of my ability and knowledge, keeping in mind that as I investigate further, my conclusions may change.

    First of all, these reflections are a result of TV cameras and for the most part, TV studios are extremely well lit, or have items that light can reflect off of. It is my assumption that this intense lighting is not too different then aiming your camera into the sunlight, which causes what is known as "sun flare" (a photo of "sun flare" can be seen on the "Home Page" of this site). The same thing is true if you take a picture of a lamp post at night, it creates a flare. I believe the same mechanics are at play here.

    When in a dimly lit room, outside but pointing away from the sun, or on a cloudy or rainy day, or at night time, the conditions are completely different then the above. I am still strongly convinced that orbs that are captured in these conditions are still real, but one should always look for any logical and natural possibilities in order to rule out photo mistakes. The one absolute piece of evidence I personally have is the fact that consistently for years now, when one or more of my EMF detectors spikes, orbs are present in photographs that I take. These spikes can only occur when something interferes in the electromagnetic field - reflection, dust, bugs, moisture, and pollen cannot create these spikes, however energy can and does. Another fact that makes complete sense is that in normal situations and lighting, the mechanics of "fluorescense" comes into play. Quantum physicists believe that true orbs are not a reflection off something, but is a result of the emission of electromagnetic radiation from an orb interacting with the flash of a camera. To read about fluorescense, please refer to the "Orb Page" on this site as it gives an explanation.

    Does this make it harder to distinguish the "real" from the "unreal"? Definitely "yes", but it doesn't have to be so if we are aware of the lighting, conditions, and objects around us that can cause this type of reflection. One thing these pics do prove and answer is the question about some orbs being octogon in shape rather then just spheres, and that is because of how fast or slow, or the shape itself created from the shutter depending on the manufacturer of a particular camera.

    Now I know some people will say "okay, this proves real orbs don't exist and it is all created by a camera", while others will say "maybe there were just orbs in the area and were just caught on film". These are normal reactions, however, investigation goes much deeper then our first response. One should question, with an open mind, all possibilities and circumstances, and whenever possible apply scientific reasoning.


    Reflection and Flare

     

    What you are looking at is a camera reflection in a mirror and then bouncing back in a flare. Much the same as sun flare if you point your camera into the sun or any reflective surface. Submitted by Lynda.


    Fingerprints on Lens

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    No, these are not orbs, they are fingerprints on the lens of a trail cam.


    Window Reflection on Lens

     

                                                                                                                                                                                                 

    In this picture the light from the window is reflecting the rails onto the lens and then back on to this girl's leg. Always be aware of your lighting environment.


    Orbs and Ecto or Something Natural?

     

    What you are actually looking at are nubs/fluff from a black cashmere coat taken at close range. You can take any dark colored fabric that is fluffy like blankets, sweaters, coats and the reflection from the flash will turn the top of it white especially if there is another light source on the other side of the object. Picture submitted by Lynda. For more information on Lynda's visitations from her husband, Click   Other Stories.


    Shutter Reflection

     

    As I've stated before, photographs can be one of the hardest things to prove or disprove. When using the night vision option on your camera, the shutter stays open longer then it does when just using the daytime setting. In this picture, notice the blue top on the car, and the triangle and line at the top part of the picture. This triangle is approximately 75' from the car, and the line with the word "stop" is about 2' further back then the front part of the triangle. The same mechanics are at work as the picture just before this one of the girl with the lines on her leg. Because the shutter stayed open longer, it took a picture of the triangle and line and then reflected it off of the lens while the camera was being moved a little. We can tell the photographer had to have stepped back (moved) to get the image of more of the side of the car, not realizing the shutter was not completely closed and the result is this illusion.


    Bugs Not Orbs

     

    These are small bugs taken near a tree at a park. Notice also the light aura around the hand. Bugs, raindrops, and dust can reflect but as you can see from this and the next photo, they are much smaller in size, shape, density, texture, and design then orbs, and usually show up in white.


    Bugs and Orbs

     

    This is a great picture of reflections off of bugs at night compared to orbs. The larger spheres are true orbs. Remember, bugs are made up of energy so they will show up at a distance unlike dust and pollen. Submitted by Patti (The Orb Lady)!


    Lightening Bug

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    This photo shows a lightening bug taken by Gary. One can see how easily it would be mistaken for an orb or some other anomalie.


    Bat Reflection in the Sky

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    This is simply a bat flying at night but you can see how the flash of the camera makes it look white instead of black.


    Tom's Pouring Water

     

    At first this picture was listed in the "Other Anomalies" Album because it was so different looking and we had no explanation for it. There are, however, some real orbs in this photograph.


    Patti's Pouring Rain

     

    Thanks to Patti, she took the identical type of picture and discovered it was not anything paranormal at all, but reflection of rapidly flowing water off the top of a roof during a strong rain. As above in Tom's photograph, Patti has also captured orbs as well as the pouring rain.


    Dew - Submitted by William Harris

     

    William (Bill) Harris lives in Bellevue, Washington. Bill is a smart skeptic, the kind that doesn't just jump into thinking everything is paranormal, but seeks out normal physical answers. While watching his security camera, he observed what he thought was a flurry of bugs. He had seen these images before but decided he would go outside and take a visual look. What he saw was not bugs, despite what was there was invisible to the naked eye. He could see that dew was collecting on his vehicles and driveway and later captured the dew on video, showing how something so natural can be picked up on night vision, while making it look like something mysterious or perhaps eerie.



    Gary's Man Made Orb 1

     

    Gary: "I've been trying different things with my camera to see how close I can come to reproducing an Orb in a photo using various things around the house. This is the closest I've been able to get using a fine spray mist. I sprayed it upwind and waited for the droplets to reach me before I took the pictures." While the mist droplets do have many of the same Orb features, they are all the basically the same looking, and they lack color.


    Gary's Man Made Orb 2

     

    Notice is no texture and the density is pretty consistent, unlike true orbs. These man made orbs do not have the distinct outline and colors as so many of true orbs do. There are a few what appears to be genuine orbs in this picture.


    Thick Fog

     

    Believe it or not but this is an extremely thick fog that rolled in. Fog is nothing more then moisture, but looks entirely different with the naked eye then when captured on camera.


    Gary's Humidity and Dew

     

    Submitted by Gary. "Last night Cindy and I went out to take pictures. It had been raining nearly all day and the air was heavy with moisture. I took several pictures and I could actually see the water particulate in the air each time the camera fired. The results which look like my fine mist water test are attached for you to see. It is clear to me that, humidity and the dew point level are very influential in distorting pictures to make it look like Orbs. In fact if you look carefully, you can see the dew glistening on the tips of the grass. While I believe that there are some genuine Orbs in the picture somewhere, they are very hard to differentiate."


    Humidity and Dew 2

     

    As with the spritzer test shown above, the humidity and dew in the air tends to collect in a manner that is not consistent with true orbs. Orbs normally are spherical in shape, unless they are moving and then they can be quite lengthy, or have what I call a "tail" which appears at the opposite side of the direction it is moving in. They normally have a thicker outer shell so-to-speak, and normally have a texture about them, except in the brightest of white ones that are more like a solid light.


    Water Optical Illusion

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    Notice how rain creates an optical illusion if a picture is taken through glass or with a wet lens. Notice the distortion of the chimney on the house, and the telephone wires.


    Water Distortion

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    This is no more then a distorted picture taken through water running down a window during a heavy rain.


    Elaine's Experiment With Bubbles

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    Elaine submitted this picture of bubbles in comparison to orbs. Notice the multi colors in the bubbles on the right of the picture.


    Sunlight Reflection

     

    Here are three shots taken close in time that shows a sphere of sun reflection coming through window blinds and reflecting on the TV across the room. You can see how the reflection moved from the TV set itself and then on to the screen. At the sun's strongest point, the sphere was blue instead of looking like a white orb. The picture on the right shows the white sphere on the set on the left bottom side just below the screen. The picture on the left shows the same reflection as it moved on to the screen which I had turned off in order to take the picture. Notice there is no texture, nor a thicker outline around the edge as found in real orbs.


    Elaine's Daytime Bubbles

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    These are simply bubbles taken in the daytime and not to be confused with anything spiritual.


    Water Drops

     

    This picture was taken of drops of water falling from a faucet to see if there would be any difference in size or shape. Their square look is a result of camera pixelation, but they are actually spherical in form.


    Sprinkler Water

     

    We have now taken pictures of raindrops, drops of water, water dripping from a faucet and sprinkler water. Note that none of these have tails on them. Also notice the size of the orb in comparison to the water drops. The size of the drops have been enlarged due to pixelation. Contribution of Patti.


    Camera Flash

     

    Some people have claimed that orbs are nothing more then a flash. Here is a picture deliberately taken of a camera's flash reflection. Notice that it does not have a distinct circle around it but feathers outward. There is also no design or texture in a flash.


    Spider Webs

     

    It is plain to see the spider, but notice the web itself. The only way you can capture these dense bright white spots on a spider web is when there is dew or some moisture on them, and if you have some backlighting. If we removed the spider and just left the web, it would look very similar to orb pictures, but without the texture. We often think of spider webs being circular, but they can be many shapes and often are just one strand, or even appear as columns.


    Camera Movement

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    This double head and long neck was created by movement of the camera.


    Camera Settings

     

    The camera settings were wrong when this picture was taken so it distorted the entire picture. As you can see it is not sharp and distinct. Although there are similarities to others shown in the "Other Anomalies" Album, when those pictures were taken,the camera settings were correct as several other pictures were perfectly normal in between the ones posted. Even the ones that do have the anomalies in them, show the rest of the pictures to be very clear and sharp.


    Energy From TV

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    In this picture you can see the energy radiating from the TV screen and being picked up in the color spectrum.


    Hair Not an Anomaly

     

    The above picture was taken because of a tea candle appearing on my dining room floor, and I also captured what looks like some type of anomaly, however, what you see at the top of the picture is only a few strands of my hair that were caught by the lens of my camera as I leaned over.


    Camera Cord

     

       

    This is simply the cord from the camera crossing the lens of the camera and should not be mistaken for some type of vortex.


    Energy Radiating From a Lamp Post

     

    Although it may appear paranormal in nature, this picture is actually just the energy radiating from a lamp post. The sphere above it, however, is a true orb and can be seen in color in the "Orb Conference - Joyce" album.


    Flash Not Orb

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    In this photo you can see both the reflection of a flash plus the red light that reflects off the camera itself on the ceiling.


    Cigarette Smoke

     

    This smoke was created from one cigarette placed in an ashtray near an open window so the air from the window would pull the smoke towards it. Smoke tends to dissipate in a very short time (I've read that it disapates in 37 seconds), go upwards or directs itself towards a draft.


     

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