View Full Version : Ghosts/Orbs On Your Photographs

20-03-06, 23:46
Hi all :wve:

This isn't a discussion about whether or not you believe in ghosts, spirits and the paranormal but I touched upon something in the Aldwych thread (TR3) forum and thought it worthy of a thread.

Basically, what you might like to do is go through some or all of your photographs, preferably the ones in family albums but digital pics also apply. Study them carefully, one by one over a period of time and look for orbs or ghostly figures.

An orb is a small, usually circular (sometimes with a 'tail'), ball of light that is widely believed to be the first stages of a ghost manifestation. Sometimes there is what is called an 'orb shower' causing the photographer to think the film was faulty althugh these orb showers have been successfully recorded on moving film many times.

If you find anything strange, even if you think it is explainable, you might care to post your picture on the board for us all to examine. Many people will see different shapes, some will see more than others but I have every confidence that before the night is up we will have at least one member who is prepared to post a photo they think is strange by way of having a shadowy figure or light anomaly.

Please don't mock anyone else's pictures, observations or theories. It's fine to disagree or put forth your personal explanation without attempting to ridicule the contributors (of which hopefully we will have many once they have begun to examine their pics in depth).

I think this could be a very interesting topic :tmb:

21-03-06, 00:03
The introduction of digital photography (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_photography) has seen a rise in the production and therefore the awareness of orbs (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orbs) on photographs. Orbs have always been produced on film cameras too, but due to the mechanical differences between the two technologies orbs are more prevalent with consumer digital equipment.

The optical systems on both type of camera are essentially the same, but the capturing element of the system in digital cameras, the CCD Charge-coupled device (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charge-coupled_device), is almost always a lot smaller than that of a typical 35mm film frame, this combined with a known issue of photography called a Circle of confusion (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circle_of_confusion) is the cause of orbs that are so often seen with digital cameras.

The actual orb itself is a product of the mechanics of the cameras lensing system and associated CCD combined with the reflection of the cameras flash off of some nearby particle such as a water droplet or dust particle. As the light reflected from the flash is so close the cameras lens it appears out of focus as a Circle of confusion (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circle_of_confusion). Consumer digital cameras tend to be rather small with the flash very close to the lens, this causes the reflected light returning from any nearby particles particularly bright, predisposing the system as a whole to the orb phenomenon. Orbs are rarely seen on cameras, even digital cameras, where the flash is somewhat distanced from the lens.

I can also see these orbs when facing a bright sun (from my eyelashes). It looks like a magnification of dust, like you're seeing something microscopic, but it's really the reflection of light.

I think these visual orbs are more apparent during family gatherings because there is a higher amount of disturbed dust particles. The more people in one space, the more motion, the more dust, the more light reflections.

Anyway, that's my explanation. :o I personally have a couple pictures with these visual orbs. But nothing out of the ordinary. :wve:

21-03-06, 00:15
Hi :wve:

The Most Haunted team see many orbs before the camera pics them up with infa-red. They see them as the size of golf balls at times - hardly a dust particle ;) Also, my argument is that dust particles don't move in the same way. Dust particles are light and breezy but orbs are more controlled in there movement and in an area with no draughts there is no logical reason for a dust particle to move in such a controlled way and change direction with such gusto and in straight lines.

Although obviously some things can be explained by dust, it's too simplistic to say all are - I have studied too many on film :)