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06/19/2005 02:46:57 AM · #1
I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on the 'orbs' in the image in this link -

PLEASE put aside any beliefs about whether crop circles are man made or otherwise -please just look as a photographer and view it impartially;circle

Message edited by author 2005-06-19 02:50:37.
06/19/2005 02:50:31 AM · #2
Link does not work.
06/19/2005 02:51:08 AM · #3
Sorry..I've fixed it now;)
06/19/2005 02:53:43 AM · #4
Weren't the crop circles discovered to be a hoax? Something about college students with rope and plywood?

As for the orbs, it's just flash off water particles in the air.. either a light mist, or a light drizzle of rain.
06/19/2005 02:57:32 AM · #5
Originally posted by Artyste:

Weren't the crop circles discovered to be a hoax? Something about college students with rope and plywood?

As for the orbs, it's just flash off water particles in the air.. either a light mist, or a light drizzle of rain.


The debate is still on-going. Many are made by hoaxers, but there are many that show strange anomalies that go beyond some idiot destroying crops with planks of wood.
If you didn't know the background to the picture would you still say flash? Doesn't the article state the flash was off?
06/19/2005 02:58:01 AM · #6
Either that or dirty or wet lens that caught the light from the second angle. The first photo does not have them that I see.
06/19/2005 03:00:05 AM · #7
Considering the website... I will not give the article any actual credit. Seems like a tabloid/conspiracy website to me.

Orbs looks like water on the lens though.
06/19/2005 03:00:23 AM · #8
Originally posted by amber:

Originally posted by Artyste:

Weren't the crop circles discovered to be a hoax? Something about college students with rope and plywood?

As for the orbs, it's just flash off water particles in the air.. either a light mist, or a light drizzle of rain.


The debate is still on-going. Many are made by hoaxers, but there are many that show strange anomalies that go beyond some idiot destroying crops with planks of wood.
If you didn't know the background to the picture would you still say flash? Doesn't the article state the flash was off?


Well.. the article may have said the flash was off, but there's obviously some kind of light reflecting off water particles there.. even if I was looking at is as a non-photographer, I've seen enough reflected light off liquid in my lifetime.

As for the debate ongoing, I didn't know that, but do now. I do agree there are a lot of unexplainable things around us. I'd love for there to be aliens... but unfortunately, I think they abandoned us after seeding the planet, and discovering that they messed up on our species ;)
06/19/2005 03:12:33 AM · #9
Originally posted by Jason:

Considering the website... I will not give the article any actual credit. Seems like a tabloid/conspiracy website to me.

Orbs looks like water on the lens though.


It's about the images not the site. BTW the CIA/FBI etc all exist because of a belief in conspiracy and some things are true whether you believe or not.
06/19/2005 03:48:17 AM · #10
Maybe our own Mr. Setzler can help us out. Seems there is lot of activity in North Carolina.
Mysterious shapes found in the fields of North Carolina

And I'm not doubting the existance of the FBI, I know they are real... I've seen the X-Files on the T.V. box.

Message edited by author 2005-06-19 03:52:58.
06/19/2005 04:15:57 AM · #11
OH the F B I !!! I could give you a personal story on that...
06/19/2005 05:13:17 AM · #12
BLT Research? Doesn't that stand for Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato? (Though it could be Beautiful Ladies on Television, as "BLT" is a TV magazine here in Japan).

Also, they don't seem to know that you can check the EXIF data to see if the flash went off. (It looks to me like it did.)
06/19/2005 05:48:55 AM · #13
They say flash did not fire. EXIF says it did.

Equipment Make: SONY
Camera Model: DSC-P41
Maximum Lens Aperture: f/2.8

Image-Specific Properties:

Image Orientation: Top, Left-Hand
Horizontal Resolution: 72 dpi
Vertical Resolution: 72 dpi
Image Created: 2005:06:12 19:06:11
Exposure Time: 1/15 sec
F-Number: f/2.8
Exposure Program: Normal Program
ISO Speed Rating: 100
Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Metering Mode: Pattern
Light Source: Unknown
Flash: Flash, Compulsory, Return Not Detected
Focal Length: 5.00 mm
Color Space Information: sRGB
Image Width: 1280
Image Height: 960
Rendering: Normal
Exposure Mode: Auto
White Balance: Auto
Scene Capture Type: Standard
Contrast: Normal
Saturation: Normal
Sharpness: Normal
06/19/2005 05:57:40 AM · #14
So have any of you guys got or had images similar to this, with this effect?
06/19/2005 06:00:05 AM · #15
Originally posted by timlu:

They say flash did not fire. EXIF says it did.

Nice spot.

I'd be interested to see if the site council can show whether this image was edited or not based on EXIF. For me, it looks like it's been spot edited on the grass below the "orb", as if someone was standing on the light grass holding up a circular disc of some kind.

You can also see the full size image, as they rescaled it on the page.

Message edited by author 2005-06-19 07:51:07.
06/19/2005 07:45:42 AM · #16
Although I didn't go to great depth, it appears unedited. The flash definitely fired, and the "orbs" are, IMO, flash reflected off raindrops. I've seen precisely this effect on several shots, both my own and others'.
06/19/2005 08:50:18 AM · #17
One explanation is that the driver pulled over to take the picture. As you can see it is very overcast which would cause drivers to turn on there head lights. Maybe the photographer took the picture through the window w/window down but the angle would put his rear view mirror in angle toward the camera and a car was coming from behind him at the time of the photograph causing the cars headlight to reflect of the rear-view mirror and into the lens. Just one possibility.
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