Orbs - and Digital Cameras

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Following on from the article about orbs in the September newsletter; I have decided to discuss the issue again but more in relation to digital cameras. Since the increased use of digital cameras, people are picking up strange light anomalies, in abundance, on their photographs. To a certain extent this can be explained by pixelation on the camera and also as a result of moisture and dust particles close to the equipment. Digital cameras are incredibly sensitive and use special chips, (called Charge Couple Devices) to capture images. These are very different to the old "normal" cameras. As a simple experiment: pat a feather duster or flick water in the air and quickly take some photographs. You will often find some orbs in the subsequent shot - however these usually appear to be very pale in structure and to be almost transparent. Also during television outside broadcasts in the rain, you can often see a multitude of transparent orbs appear on screen.

However, some orbs appear to contain patterns, structures (similar to biological cell structures) and faces. Does this prove that, like many believe, these are the soul of a deceased person? To be honest you can see faces in almost anything if you look for them hard enough. Psychologists have long studied face recognition in young children, showing that they seem to develop a proclivity for recognising a simple face structure at a very early age. Previous research has shown that, as adults, we have areas of the brain, which may be dedicated to the task of perceiving and recognizing faces. Subconsciously, we intrinsically look for a face, and it is comforting.

I once captured an orb with a startling face peering back at me as I zoomed in. Bizarrely, as I showed people the blown up image, each person said that it looked like me. This made me begin to question whether or not my image had been reflected onto a moisture droplet and captured on the camera. An interesting thought!

Nevertheless there are some images of orbs, which are not so easy to explain: for example those caught on 35mm cameras (which have a completely different make up to digital cameras). Also they appear on video cameras, moving; sometimes in very determined and peculiar ways. I have captured orbs moving in an outside environment; against the wind direction. No dust I know can do this! Also on occasions people have performed experiments where they "communicate" with orbs and often these lights do seem to appear on demand and move in almost intelligent ways.

Also, if all orbs can be explained by dust or moisture then it is difficult to explain why certain people are able to see them. For example I have observed the medium Paul Hanrahan directing a photographer to take photographs as he sensed an orb and on each occasion one appeared on the subsequent photo. This was exactly where he had indicated it would. I myself have seen "flicks" of light in a location and immediately asked for a photograph to be taken, only to find an orb of light in the vicinity. Once at a well known haunted location I kept feeling a sensation on my back; every time I felt this I asked Caroline Compton to take a photograph and lo and behold there appeared an orb in the middle of my back. Yet when she randomly took them,, there was no such image. I am pretty sure that I am not especially sensitive to dust or moisture particles on my back and intriguingly a figure of a man was detected (unbeknown to me) behind me at the same time.

A P.R.O. member recently did an experiment with his son at home. His son claimed to be able to see orbs with the naked eye. Rather sceptically, the member asked his son to point to the orbs when he saw them and then he immediately took a photograph. On 9 out of the 10 photographs he was pointing exactly to an orb. On the tenth there was an orb nearby and he had described it as moving.
Digital cameras capture light in the range between 500 nanometres and 1100 nanometres (it's peak is 980nm; which is far into the infrared spectrum). The human eye works between approximately 400 and 700 nanometres. Obviously the digital camera has a far higher visual capacity and this may explain why it can capture lights, which are not visible to the naked eye. Perhaps those who can see them have a greater range of visibility on the spectrum. I believe it would be fascinating to test mediums such as Paul Hanrahan in a controlled environment, using different wavelengths of light, to find out their visual range and compare this to those who do not claim to see such orbs.

In the last article I mentioned the fact that if you take photographs of electrical cables with a digital camera, you often produce strong lights in the photographs. Such equipment is particularly sensitive to energy.

Also ideas that orbs are resultant of pixelation can be countered by those which are captured partially behind an object, also suggesting that they cannot be something caught on the lens. Perhaps orbs are some kind of energy operating in the infrared spectrum. All things in the universe are made of different forms of energy. Maybe an orb is an energy linked to a spirit? After all:

"Energy can neither be created nor destroyed, but only conserved and transformed, from one form to another."

Albert Einstein (thanks Anne)

Orbs - What are they?

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