April 17, 2012

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Orbs and Other Odd Occurrences - What are your thoughts about orbs in photos? I know they were once thought to be spirits showing themselves in the photos, but these days most believe them to be caused by reflection, dust, shadows, or something on the camera lens.

I've never taken a photo in a church that didn't have them, and I take lots of church photos of my boys performing. I find it kind of odd and questionable that the orbs are always in the church photos. See them all hanging around above the chorus?


How about this strange pink orb bathed in radiant rainbow lights and looks like a drop of water or something falling from it. This was taken in my house recently. It was taken late in the day, the sun was already down, couldn't have been reflection. The sliding glass doors I was shooting through we're completely open. I didn't use a flash, no lights were on, and there is nothing hanging on the wall. What could cause something like this to appear in the photo?


Here's another odd one. There appears to be a ghost cat on the curtains, and it looks to me like it has caught a mouse or something. There are orbs hanging around in this photo too. At first I thought it was a reflection of my kitty, but the reflection obviously doesn't match the position of my kitty. Weird stuff.


We've had more than our share of odd occurrences that always leave me wondering. I'd love to tell more sometime, but I'll leave that for future posts. What do you think about these photos? Have you had any orbs appear in your photos? How about any other odd experiences that you were unable to explain?

Over and out - see you tomorrow!


44 comments:

  1. I've never seen any orbs but I believe there is a lot we really don't know about...I have had odd occurrences and and often chock it up to the ghost for lack of anything else. Hope your Tuesday is a great one!

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    1. I never give weird things much thought. I usually just chalk it up to "odd" and go on about my business.

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  2. No Lee I have never seen an orb, well I don't think I have.
    Loved the pictures.

    Yvonne.

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    1. Really? You've never had them show up in photos at all?

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  3. That pink orb looks like a planet almost, really amazing.

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    1. Isn't it cool? It definitely looks like some kind of reflection but of what I can't even try to guess!

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  4. I see orbs all of the time and my friend, who thinks her house has spirits, sees them with the naked eye.
    When I took my husband to Eureka Springs on a ghost tour of the Crescent Hotel, the photos were full of all different colored orbs and there was no dust anywhere.
    I think they are spirits that have manifested into balls of energy.
    I cannot explain the cat on the curtains, cool!

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    1. Wow, I've never seen an orb with my own eyes, just in photos! I would love to go on a ghost tour! What fun that would be!! I would also love to see some of the photos from your ghost tour!

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  5. I get orbs often in my photos. Most of the time I chalk them up to dust or bugs in the shot. I do have a shot of my dog as a puppy staring out into space (so we thought) and when the film was developed a big old orb was right in front of the dog's face, which is what he was staring at. Pretty cool! Now that pink one, there's no way that's dust! WOW! And the cat image, another WOW!! Great shots!

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    1. The weird thing about thinking it's dust is that I've taken lots of photos in extremely dusty places while we were remodeling with dust so thick in the air that we probably should have been wearing masks - but no orbs in those photos where there should have been tons!

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  6. Sorry to burst your bubble...It's just dust. The cat one is also just a reflection. When you have a camera that makes bright flashes, the bright light does all kinds of weird things.

    And our minds are constantly trying to find order in chaos (think how we look at clouds and say it looks like a turtle or a car). Or if we see a picture we took that sort of "fits" into a certain situation to help back up our belief (or need to believe), our brains are very good at drawing those conclusions.

    But I am a huge "ghost hunting" fan, so I'm not a non-believer, just want to separate the truth from myth. I'm actually very spiritual, and I have had my own experiences (BIG TIME). And I even contribute to a paranormal newsletter. But even the paranormal experts (the legit ones) pretty much dismiss 98% of orbs and such. But hey, that still leaves the 2% of unexplained stuff.

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    1. Cool, another ghost hunting fan! It's not that I believe there is anything in any of the photos, they are just "curious," and what really gets me are the orbs that are always in the photos I take in churches - especially since my camera is on a tripod and I can literally see them moving when I shoot a bunch of shots in a row.

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  7. I never know what to make of occurrences like these Martha. I think I agree with what Ma said and then I read Jay's comment so who knows? In the end, I think they were all great pictures and interesting to speculate what may or may not be happening with them!

    betty

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    1. I sure don't know either Betty but I'd never claim I knew for sure one way or another. Speculation is as far as I'd go.

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  8. Sounds like the start of a mystery story! I'm trying to visit all the A-Z Challenge Blogs this month. My alphabet is at myqualityday.blogspot.com

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    1. Wow, I'm impressed! I've visited about 100 blogs from the A-Z challenge at most, I can't imagine visiting them all! That's like a full time job for the month especially if you include your own posts and visiting those who comment on yours too!

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  9. Yeah there is always the odd around us all if we look, had a few too. Maybe the camera is catching an alternate reality version or something. Or it's the aliens, always blame the aliens.

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    1. Or the zombies, they are good to blame stuff on too ;)

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  10. I find "spots" in my photos under certain circumstances (very bight lighting) and "the camera dude" at the camera store told me I had some dust on the pickup part of the camera (not the lens, but inside the camera on the layer of electronics that convert the light to digital) He told me to just bump the camera sharply (not not hard!) into the palm of my hand and try another shot - sure enough, the spot moved to somewhere else. A couple firm raps got rid of it for a while. The only sure cure is to have the camera disassembled and cleaned (which is too $$$ to think about).

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    1. I'm sure that can be the case too but how could only certain photos have orbs unless it was something else?

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  11. Pretty eerie if you ask me, especially the kitty picture.

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  12. that kitty picture is strange indeed. never thought about orbs that way--always thought hey were just due to dirty lenses or wrong angles:)
    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com
    Happy A-Zing!

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    1. I think 99% believe that's all orbs are and I think that's probably what most of them are, but sometimes they are just too odd to casually dismiss - just sayin' who knows for sure?

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  13. Well, I can tell you about the cat one, since it is so obvious ;O. That cat has a certain look that says: I have just been elected God. ~Mary

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    1. Which cat - the real one or the ghost cat on the curtains? ;)

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  14. You can write a story about the orbs - make them into anything you want them to be! Nice pics.

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    1. I like the way you think Cindy :)

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  15. Those pics are intriguing..

    Look forward to the rest of your challenge run…can’t believe we’ve had 16 days already!
    --Damyanti, Co-host A to Z Challenge April 2012

    Twitter: @AprilA2Z
    #atozchallenge

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Damyanti. You co-hosts sure are a busy bunch!

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  16. Fun post! As a photographer, I hate to burst your bubble, but the orbs are just what we call "lens flares". It's a reflection of light off the lens of your camera. Shoot directly into the sun or a light source and you'll get them. But, they are fun nonetheless to wonder about. I have a Halloween picture of a group of friends and the "orbs" make a great conversation piece! :) ~ Angela, Whole Foods Living, http://www.wholefoodsliving.blogspot.com/

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    1. Sure didn't burst my bubble Angela, I don't claim to believe they are anything more than what you said, but funny that I didn't shoot into any kind of light source in any of the photos I posted here and no flash either except the last one and that one is more about the curtain cat than the orbs.

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  17. Laughing @ Mary's comment. Not being a photographer I have never thought about it but do like the cat one. Interesting entry.

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    1. No guess on what could have caused the stuff in any of the photos?

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  18. Okay, I HAVE to comment. First the cat shadow is in a different form than the cat on the table, so it's not a shadow from the white cat. Now for the orbs. As a professional wedding photographer, we photograph a LOT in churches. While I don't always see orbs, most of the times when we do it's in churches. The camera can be on a tripod/monopod and have several photos from same location with the orbs moving about in the photo. Many times the churches are dark and we aren't allowed to use flashes. IF they stayed in the same spot, maybe I'd say it was dust. However, I have another story to share.

    We were photographing a wedding in an old historic bed & breakfast. During the first dance several orbs came 'dancing' around in front of my camera. I looked at the screen and saw them in several spots, changing locations in each shot. I got frustrated and asked the spirits to please move to the side, they are causing me some major photo editing! Guess what, after that not a single orb was in my photos. BTW, I asked nicely. =) If it was dust or reflections do you think they would listen to me?

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    1. Love this story Monica especially considering the fact that you are a professional photographer and being a wedding photographer I know you take many photos in churches too. Thanks for taking the time to stop and comment. Sure have missed you!

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  19. I'm sorry, I'm hugely skeptical when it comes to things like this, but then, I've never experienced them myself. Who knows whether I'd change my mind if I did one day experience something similar?
    Great post :)

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    1. Well Grover I can't something that shows up in a photo is actually experiencing it but I have had some other experiences that are so weird and that there is absolutely no explanation for. All I can say is that I'm open minded about anything I don't know for sure.

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  20. I am fascinated by this kind of thing. I haven't really noticed orb in photos I have taken but I do believe that the one home we stayed in while living in Mauritius had an unhappy soul in it.
    :-) Mandy

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    1. Would love to hear more about that Mandy!

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  21. I tend towards dust and refraction for an explanation, but this is a very interesting post nonetheless. Thanks for sharing.

    Liz

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    1. I guess the unknown and/or uncertain are always interesting to discuss :)

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  22. I think it's a ghost...the ghost of Roy ORBison!

    What? You know that was funny.

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    1. Ok fine, so it was funny... really funny, but cut it out! You remind me of my boys! I kinda like that about you :)

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