IS IT A GHOST
YOUR GHOST STORIES
The most common type of supposed
paranormal image on the internet is the "Orb".
This type of image has gone from being something
that would be thrown away because it was
obviously a bad photograph to becoming the
"proof of ghosts"
This type of image has been classified as
several different things, depending on the goal
of the person doing the classification.
Some of the types are:
* The Plasma Orb
*The Orb in motion
*Unified Field Plasmoids
*Inter-dimensional probes that are watching us
from another realm
*Angels, Demons, faeries, Trolls, Guardian
The History of Orbs:
The history of ghost photography can be traced
back to the first photographic images.
However until the past decade the images have
been a full form or at least partial apparition
of a human. This changed around the time that
the digital camera was introduced. The camera
itself was originally a large contributer to the
issue because of low resolution image capture
technology, the low quality sensors would cause
different types of odd images because of digital
artifacts, this is no longer a problem as long
as a good quality camera and the proper settings
The origins of the Orb can be tracked back to
the International Ghost Hunters Society and it's
founders. They were the first to coin the term
"Orb" as a ghost-photography term. This happened
just as the majority of the public was starting
to use the internet and the timing was perfect
to set off one of the most mis-understood images
in the paranormal world.
The question that one has to first ask is why a
spirit would be seen as a ball of light that
only a camera can see? Also why would they have
changed from a full form of a person to this
ball of light? The answer is obvious, it is that
the Orbs are not really ghosts, spirits, etc...
The standards that have been set to determine a
"real" Orb: (By the orb-believers)
The qualifiers for a "real" Orb have been
created by people who are looking for proof that
Orbs are some type of paranormal phenomena and
not proof of what they really might be. The
rules that they use can easily be explained with
real world mundane answers, but unfortunately
these are not the fun explanations that make
whoever picks up a camera and takes bad
photographs a "real ghost hunter".
Some of the standards are:
*A round shape
*Texture that shows a face or some type of
*Different colors of Orb (The red ones are
*The Orb is obstructed by something in the image
*The Orb seems to have some kind of personality
*There is only one or very few Orbs in the image
The Truth behind what an Orb really is:
When a camera captures an image it needs light
to record it. This applies in all types of
photography, Digital, Film, and Video. The
camera has a lens that focuses the light on a
specific location that either has a light
sensitive sensor or film. The lens in any camera
is not perfect and can cause different types of
unexplained shapes and lights on the image.
The history of the Orb photograph can also be
traced to the cost of photography. In the days
of traditional film photography, we did not take
photographs in areas that we knew would not
produce a usable image. Now that it does not
cost anything to capture an image, people are
willing to take a photograph in areas such as
dark basements, outdoors at night and other
places that will produce odd results. This of
course does produce an odd result and then
becomes a "Ghost" photo bcause people do not
understand what has caused the image.
A lens refraction is a common photographic error
that can cause Orb's of different types. It can
cause traditional Orbs as well as strange fog
is a classic example of a lens flare type of
The light source causing the Orb is a flashlight
just outside the field of view located to the
right of the camera. This image meets the
requirements to qualify as a "real" Orb by the
standards of orb believers. It has a unique
color, a round shape and even has a texture that
if looked at long enough could have a face or
This sample shows the way that a lens flare
can create orbs.
The addition of more Orbs was created by
adding and additional bright light at the
source of the original highlight.
As mentioned previously, one of the requirements
for a camera to capture an image it must have
light. The majority of the Orb photographs that
you will encounter have been taken by cameras
the are either using an on camera flash or an
Both of these cameras have a light that is
used to illuminate the image.
The Still camera has a flash that is located
very near the lens.
The Video camera has both a standard light to
illuminate the image as well as an infrared
illuminator, both of which are located near
The reason that the images of Orbs occur in
this type of image is because of the
relationship of the lens to the illuminator.
The believers will state that the Orb was
not seen when the image was captured. While
this is true, it is also part of the
explanation of what the Orb really is.
First we need to look at something that is
very common in any area in the world (some
places more than others) this is the
exsistance of airborne particulates.
What we mean by airborne particulates is
Dust. The problem that most people have with
this explanation is that they have a "clean"
location and cannot see the dust that we
explain that the Orbs are.
The first thing that we need to learn is
what we define as Dust,
Dust is made of just about everything. Household dust is composed primarily of
things like human skin and hair, waxes, pollen, mold, fungi, lichen, tiny
particles of wood, paint, fibers from fabrics such as wool, nylon, rayon,
acrylic, foam rubber, sheet rock, plant and vegetable matter, insect parts, and of course every form of
pollution such as auto and industrial emissions, heavy hydrocarbon waste from
your oil or gas heater, even tiny bits of metal debris from door hinges or any
place where metal and friction meet, lots of food waste, and loads of paper
By using this definition we can see that no matter where you go there will be dust of some kind, no matter how "clean" a location may be.
The reason that we need to understand that there is atmospheric debris at all locations is because it is the cause of most Orbs in the world of bad ghost photos.
The reason that the Orbs are cause by this dust is because when an image is captured the illuminator is going to illuminate objects that are close to the camera much
brighter than the objects that are far away. This means that anything that is right in front of the lens will be extremely bright. This also means that if an object is close
to the lens it will appear to be much bigger than it really is.
This illustration shows the way that a
flash reflects the small
particulates back into the lens of the
The particulates will appear as large
objects because of the proximity
to the lens.
This image is a great sample of Orbs
that have been created by
diaphragm in the lens (f-Stop) can
determine the size and the shape of
the Orb. This can be a variable
because different manufacturers
as well as different lenses will create
different shapes because of the
unique shapes of the diaphragm.