A special thanks to a reader in Covington, OK that has submitted a photo for review. Over the years I have received countless photographs asking one simple question. Is this a ghost? It’s not that simple.
While reviewing suspected ghostly photographs there are many questions that arise. But there are five main questions I seek answers on when offering an opinion of a spectral snapshot. I invite you the readers to offer your own opinion on this photograph asking these five questions.
1. Why would there be a ghost in this photo?
2. Why did they take the photo in the first place?
3. Was it day or night?
4. Was the flash on or off?
5. What is lurking in front of the lens?
The information I received about this photo was limited but here it is.“This was taken in from of our house in Bartlett, TN three years ago. Weird. It was a beautiful night.”
As an investigator, I view photos a lot differently than most people. Even my own family photographs I catch myself inspecting them differently than non-ghost hunters. For quality, light source and sometimes unexplainable images. I along with many others see the photos a screen shot, separated by layers . The first layer is the image as a whole. The second is what is closest to the lens if a flash is being used. The third but not final image is the objects that are behind or in line with the “anomaly” featured in the photo. And last, sizing. Is the “ghost” too big or too small within the natural setting of the photograph?
Reviewing this photo I was instantly drawn to what appears to be smoke a.k.a. the suspected “ghost or angel”. The smokey image is not set back into the photo, in fact it is directly in front of the lens. I noticed the photo was taken at night of Christmas decorations. Christmas in Tennessee, I am pretty confident the weather was cold outside. It may have been a nice night, but it was probably cooler temperatures. I then noticed that the photo was taken in the dark, with a very bright flash. I highly recommend with nighttime photography or even spirit photography, refrain from using a flash at all times and it’s been suggested to that you invest in a tripod to eliminate the “smeared light” effects involving nighttime photography. Sure, you may get a lot of blank photographs, but at least you will not share with your friends and family that you “caught a ghost” and later be the laughing stock. The flash will illuminate anything and everything that is directly in front of the lens or within the flashes range. The flash then lights up whatever is there in front of the lens. In this case, it’s more than likely that it is nothing more than a deep breath captured in a photo. Moisture, cold breaths and even cigarrette smoke can, will and is destined to be mistaken as a ghostly apparition maybe even an angel. I will not get into “orbs” right now, that’s another blog for another day. But with orbs, the same rules apply but then you are getting into dust, dirt, dander, dry skin, fabric fuzz, pollen and even bugs. If they glow and have wings and you used your flash, it’s 99.9% of the time going to be a bug, not a fairy, angel or the spirit of tinkerbell.
Reflective sources- It’s important to not utilize flash photography into reflective sources. Day or night. Wallpaper, paneling, mirrors, doors, windows, glass, shiney wood, gloss paint, slick plastic, TV’s, cars and pretty much anything that reflects light. Turn the flash off!
In closing, to our Covington reader, I am sorry but you did not photograph anything supernatural at that time. It is my opinion that you captured a deep breath on a cold night. Sorry! You have a right to believe that you did of course, but at least you got a second opinion on a very controversial subject.
Do I believe that ghosts could be caught on camera? Sure! I have seen apparitions with my own eyes, so why not be able to capture one on camera, even video!
Until then, I will have to wait until the next ghostly photo arrives in my inbox! email@example.com
NOTE: I am not a professional photographer nor do I claim to be one. I do have a close affiliation with professional photographers that have allowed me to learn about photographic discrepancies that are often confused with “ghosts”. As readers submit photos I will explain more about spirit photography right here on this blog. From orbs to visual matrixing,with your help I hope to cover it all and to learn more about paranormal photography. I will even be analyzing my own old “ghost photos” from over the years. They were “paranormal” then, but today I may have a different opinion. Looking forward to your feedback, suggestions and of course your photos!
a.k.a Paranormal Eyes
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