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PostSubject: Believers photography skills, or lack of.   Wed Oct 08, 2008 2:08 am

I really wish some of these true believers would go on a photography course, as their photographs are always terrible...

I wonder why all their photos are always blurry or indistinct - is it just a coincidence? Or maybe bigfoot is just naturally blurry, just like UFO's and ghosts. Rolling Eyes

Crap photos a hoaxers delight.
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PostSubject: Re: Believers photography skills, or lack of.   Wed Oct 08, 2008 11:58 am

Rob,

Do you thin these people fake the photos or just take them Ad Hoc and are convinced they see something, Paredoilia?

Or is it a good mix of both?

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PostSubject: Re: Believers photography skills, or lack of.   Wed Oct 08, 2008 12:25 pm

Good point... I think the short answer is, all of the above.

Although, I see a lot of it as genuine mistakes and misreads - especially when you hear phrases like, "hey that wasn't in the photo". This really points out to some kind of natural artifact that often occurs with the medium.

It's also quite interesting to note that the bigger the flash the more ghostly effects you'll find. I remember hearing about that on the SGU podcast. They said that this was up on one of the major paranormal web sites. In fact the paranormalists recommended the ghost hunters to use an even bigger flash. In order to ger more ghosts.

However, it was being thoroughly laughed at by skeptics - so they took the phrase off their website. I can't remember who they were now - I'd have to listen to the podcast again. But I found it hilarious.

Technically the camera lens mimics the human eye - they are not designed to pick things up that we can't see. So it just goes to show when these things suddenly show up it's usually due to a flash effect, or human contamination, etc.

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PostSubject: Re: Believers photography skills, or lack of.   Wed Oct 08, 2008 2:32 pm

It is amazing how much we want to believe. I am afraid to say that even good photographers are inclined to go all "woo woo" too given half the chance. Our wedding photos taken last year have already had two completley debunked suggestions of the appearance of an apparition.

The first came via the wedding photographer - yep you read that right! The photographer noticed a weird looking glare on the photo and then immediately went straight into a anecdote of an instance whereby he was convinced a mysterious entity had turned up on his film. He told the tale - as if it were a fresh urban legend - with faux scepticism, explaining why he wouldn't normally be convinced clown Nevertheless, within minutes he had to admit the "glare" on our photo was a printing error after all.

Over a year later the pictures appeared on Facebook and we received a phonecall from a certain in-law declaring her daughter had been freaked out by the sight of a mysterious woman ascending the steps in a photo picturing our four bridesmaids. The whole family - on her side were convinced and been chattering about it all morning is eerie amazment. We checked the photo and lo and behold... the "mysterious woman" was not a mistake on the film but an invited guest walking up the steps. They just didn't recognize her!
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PostSubject: Re: Believers photography skills, or lack of.   Wed Oct 08, 2008 2:35 pm

Hah... that's really wierd!

Occam's razor needed there me thinks. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Believers photography skills, or lack of.   Wed Oct 08, 2008 2:38 pm

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