Warning: ALL Orb Photos Are False Positives!
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That's right, it has officially been confirmed! Between Aedryan's Orb Study and the evidence you are about to see, the Strange Happenings Ghost And Hauntings Research Society firmly believes that ALL ORB PHOTOS may now be considered false positive. Until now, the only orb photos we have ever even considered to be POSSIBLE evidence are any of the following:
orbs - (Blue, red, green, purple, yellow, etc)
Bright opaque orbs
Orbs in motion
Orbs with vivid facial features within them
Orbs that appear to be behind an object in the distance
Orbs can definitely appear and disappear in thin air!
Orbs that were captured at the exact time of a supportive strange occurance (temperature fluctuations, EMF fluctuations, EVP's, noises, etc).
Which Of The Above Types Of Orbs Are Paranormal Orbs?
NONE! We feel that the following evidence clearly disproves just about every orb photo in existence, including EVERY orb photo throughout our website. Therefore we will be removing every orb photo from all of our investigation reports.
What Does The SHGHRS Consider To Be Orb Evidence?
Orbs on video. We know
for a fact that orbs do indeed exist. However, there is a very good possibility
that they are not even ghost related. That still has yet to be proven. We
have also collected video evidence, which clearly proves that dust can look
and act just like orbs on video. Not all orbs on video are dust though.
The ONLY "photos" we now consider to be legitimate orb evidence are still shots that are captured from our video footage. All other orbs that appear in regular photographs, whether they were captured with a digital camera or a 35mm camera are caused by natural elements, such as dust, pollen and other airborn particles, moisture, humidity, rain, snow or bugs. It's that simple!
Please Help The Paranormal Community And Spread The Word!
Every time you come across a website with orbs posted as evidence or explanations and theories about orb photos (and they are plenty!), please do the paranormal community a huge favor and simply send them an email with a link to these reports. There are way too many false beliefs about orb photos in circulation and it is long past time to lay them to rest. It is no longer a just a matter of paranormal investigators simply having different opinions about orb photos. It is a matter of who is only fooling themselves, as well as the general public!
Strange Happenings Ghost And Hauntings Research Society would like to extend an extra special thanks to the Midnite Walkers Paranormal Research Society for allowing us to add the following findings to our orb study. We feel that Rich did a fantastic job of collecting and compiling all of this tedious evidence and we commend his efforts!
The false orb experiment is intended to offer a large selection of non-paranormal orb pictures, descriptions, and production methods. A large array of reference images will be very helpful for determining potential authentic paranormal orb images. The experiment will give information on what caused the false orb. Descriptions of how the orbs were produced is also available for people who want to repeat the experiment themselves to see if their results match.
I used a Cannon PowerShot A520 digital camera for the photographic false orb experiment. The camera settings are as follows:
Shooting mode - aperture priority with full open aperture of f2.6
Zoom - full wide angle of 35mm (35mm camera equivalent)
Lens - manually focused to infinity (auto focus does not work in darkness)
Film (CCD) speed - ISO 400
Flash - on
Self timer - set to take a set of ten pictures in succession
I placed the tripod mounted camera on the back steps to face the open field. This arrangement provided an elevated location for an increased camera to ground distance to minimize reflected light from the flash. I wanted to keep the background black without any nearby objects or ground showing up. This will provide maximum contrast for the resulting false orb images. I leveled the camera and then took a few test shots to determine background darkness. It was dark enough to proceed. For the dust orbs, I shook a mass of dust/lint above the front of the camera to form a cloud of dust while the camera was shooting is succession. For the insect photos, I mounted a black light with a reflector just below the camera in order to attract enough insects for good pictures.
|Panoramic daytime view of my back yard showing the open field using described setup.|
back yard at night taken 1 ½ hours after sunset (Long exposure
||Same view with flash using described setup.||Enhanced
view of flash photo showing background.
Dust Orb Experiment
I shook clumps of lint above the front of the camera while it was taking pictures in succession. I first used lint from the drier and then the vacuum cleaner. Noticing some colored dust orbs in the photos, I decided to try shaking some red colored shirts to produce red lint to see if the colored dust orbs would be predominately red. Red dust orbs were very scarce. Moving back to using dust from the vacuum, I took some more pictures with the aperture stopped down to f6.3 to see its effects.
Drier lint produced a general mix of white, grey and some colored orbs. Although the lint strands were generally around a thirty-second to an eighth inch long the resulting orbs were mostly round. The dust from the vacuum tended to have very few white orbs and the grey orbs were usually darker. The vacuum dust has a large proportion of fine silt particles which have a tendency to produce a greater abundance of grey orbs due to their small size and darker shade. The number of colored orbs was about the same for both. The red lint produced only two red orbs but it made mostly tan and cream colored orbs suggesting that lint color has a slight effect on orb color. No other colors were produced from the red lint.
I suspect most of the color comes from light diffraction. Colored orbs came from the vacuum dust which has almost no colored lint or silt in it. The drier lint only had a few colors but orbs of other colors showed up. The red lint has a smooth surface which does not produce diffraction effects which resulted in no atypical colored orbs. The variety of colors was similar to the diffraction colors as seen on a CD or DVD. I consider very little of the colors coming from refractive dispersion, like a rainbow or from a gem, because the color magenta shows up which cannot be produced by refraction. Nearly all of the particles in the drier lint and vacuum dust lacked the transparency needed to produce such vivid color in this manner.
The reduced aperture had a strong effect on the dust orbs, making them smaller and hexagonal in shape. All but the brightest orbs show the hexagonal shape. The most heavily overexposed orbs have lost some of the hex shape but generally show up when the image is darkened a great deal. These effects are very repeatable and easy to identify.
|Dust orbs from drier lint There is a general mix of white, grey and some colored orbs. Observe that most of the orbs are round despite the fact that the majority of the lint strands were around 1/32 to 1/8 inch long (0.7mm to 3mm long).|
Drier lint strands - Field of view (FOV)1.73mm x 1.30mm
Vacuum Cleaner Dust
|Dust orbs from vacuum cleaner dust Notice that there are almost no white orbs and the grey orbs are generally darker. This is from the lower amount of lint to the higher proportion of the finer silt particles.|
Vacuum Cleaner Dust - Continued
|Vacuum cleaner dust This dust has a lot of silt particles as compared to lint strands. (FOV 1.73mm x 1.30mm)|
orbs from red lint Examine the tan and cream colored orbs that
indicate the weak effect of lint color.
||Red lint Notice the red color and smooth surface on the strands. (FOV 1.73mm x 1.30mm)|
Dust Orbs With Camera's Aperature Slowed Down
|Dust orbs from vacuum cleaner dust with stopped down aperture Notice the obvious hexagonal shape and smaller size.|
White And Gray Dust Orbs
|Composite image of white and gray dust orbs. Image sizes have been scaled to a similar size for easier comparison.|
Colored Dust Orbs
|Composite image of colored dust orbs. Image sizes have been scaled to a similar size for easier comparison.|
Dust Orbs In Motion/Dust Vortices
|Composite image of various dust orbs in motion.|
Flying Insect False Orb Experiment
I placed a black light underneath the camera. Checked the camera settings and then turned on the light. I waited about five to ten minutes. Then I took about fifty pictures.
The insect orbs are mostly irregular in shape often resembling the insect especially the larger closer ones. Round insect orbs are rare. Insect orbs are also very brilliantly white frequently overexposing the image. There extreme brilliancy is due to the insects relative large physical size as compared to dust or lint. This larger size provides more area to reflect the light from the flash to the camera lens. There images are typically smaller then other orb types due to the fact that further out insects will show up in the picture.
|Raw images of insect orbs and insect orbs with dust orbs Observe the irregular shape, brilliancy, and average size as compared to the dust orbs.|
|Composite picture showing the typical irregular shape and high brilliancy of insect orbs. Image sizes have been scaled to a similar size for easer comparison of shape and brightness.|
|Composite picture showing the typical image overexposure associated with insect orbs. Originals are to the left, pictures showing overexposure are to the right. Slight overexposure shows up as colored regions. Black central regions show heavy overexposure.|
Dust Orb Experiment:
The particle that produced an orb image can generally be identified by the brightness. Bright orbs usually come from lint, while darker orbs come from smaller silt particles. Monitoring the ambient suspended dust will be worthwhile during an investigation that uses flash photography.
Orb color probably comes from light diffraction. The smooth surfaced lint strands produced no atypical colored orbs. Lint strand color has only a small effect on the resulting orb color.
A reduced aperture makes all of the dust orbs small and hexagonal. This technique would be highly useful for paranormal orb photography if your camera has the aperture priority mode feature. One should test their camera out to see if the hexagon effect occurs and at what f-stops. All of the hexagonal orbs are fakes making the potential paranormal orbs stand out. Only the most overexposed dust orbs will be difficult to identify.
Flying Insect False Orb Experiment:
Insect orbs can be easily identified by their key features of "irregular shape" frequently resembling the insect and very high brilliancy often overexposing the image. Another useful identifying feature is the typical small size.
In conclusion this experiment had no intension to disprove the existence of real paranormal orbs. Its intention was to supply pictures of false orbs for comparing an unknown orb image in determining its authenticity.
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