Photos (The Natural Causes)
To keep in line with the rest of this site, I’ve decided NOT to go for quantity, but to use each of these photographs as learning tools, so YOU can learn what you should look for, and what I look for when reviewing pictures, Again, as with everything in this field, first rule out any possibility of natural causes before considering something supernatural or preternatural. There can be some extremely fine lines between natural and unnatural causes and there also can be very big differences between the two. On these few pages, you’ll see may different different photos and I’ll discuss as much as possible about each to help explain what, why, and how each is what it is.
A natural occurrence caused by a few possibilities. Most common reasons are a defect in the camera itself, accidental opening of the film door, or exposure to light during processing.
Light leaks are usually reddish in color, with lighter shades to orange and yellow and darker shades to pink and purple. Notice how, in the picture to the left, the discoloration goes all the way across the image. In MOST cases of a light leak, the discoloration will go across the entire image, and sometimes the entire roll of film.Chances are, this fault was caused during processing because the photo was taken during the night and the change of light exposure bright enough to corrupt this image is unlikely.
|This photo shows a bright vertical discoloration towards the center of the frame. Because this photo was taken during the day, the film door on the back of the camera was probably opened while the film was still in use. Notice how it is brightest on the bottom of the photo, that would indicate the bottom of the camera was probably facing closest to the sun.|
|Here’s a photo that’s a little tougher to distinguish. Others have called this picture legitimate, I don’t. Here’s why. Like the first photo, this picture has almost the exact same color hues, and covers the entire vertical height but some kind of obstruction had blocked a portion (notice the distinct border between the red and the obstruction). It also almost looks as if the picture had been taken in the same cemetery.|
Of all the mislabeled photos I’ve seen, atmospherics and weather are the most commonly confused causes. The person taking the photograph should be fully aware of the weather conditions at the time of shooting. An investigator should also, when viewing photos, ask what the conditions were at the time of photography to rule out natural causes. Unfavorable weather conditions would be conditions such as high humidity, fog, rain or snow. Below are some pictures that were confused as paranormal but are actually naturally caused due to weather.
|This picture was taken on a foggy, or extremely high humidity night. Although the person may not have noticed the fog at first, it shows extremely well in this picture. Light is dispersed and reflected by fog or high humidity… like trying to drive with your high beams through fog. The brighter an object in the field of view is, the more it disperses and reflects light. This picture shows that very clearly.|
|8||Here is a picture of a very light snow flurry. I took this photo myself strictly for the purpose of pointing this out. A few things would lead one to question a supernatural rationality: first, the sheer quantity. It’s very rare to get a true paranormal photo with this many “globules”. Secondly, the shape. Most ghost globules are almost perfectly round. All of the “globules” in this picture are more elliptical in shape. Pictures taken while raining will show very similarly to snow.|
Here are a few more photos that have natural explanations. Some of these pictures were mistakenly thought as paranormal or were purposefully “forged”.
|Good old lens flare. Lens flare is almost always a dead give away. Some key determining factors in lens flare is their octagonal shape, the fact that they always point in a straight and opposite line from the sun, and are usually a shade of red. In the photo to the left, although you cannot see the sun, or any shadows to determine the direction of the sun, you can draw a straight line through the length of the flare spots to where the sun would be. Depending on the angle from the sun, the lens, any filters used, and the time of the day, the quantity, size and color of the spots will vary.|
|At one point in time, I considered this a paranormal photo but after years of doubt and speculation, I would have to, out of a clear conscious, have to reconsider this a normal occurrence. I would say the most likely reason is either underexposure, incorrect film speed or poor lens quality. A low film speed is used for outdoor or bright lighting, too low a lighting will cause a grainy effect, similar to this picture.|
|Some people would consider this picture a “psychic mist’. It’s not. It’s cigarette smoke. The main, visual difference is the roughness of the mist, the more detailed, individual lines are too apparent. A true psychic mist is much more smooth and blended to the background.|
|This picture is a little more difficult to pick out as a natural occurrence but I believe that the photo was taken through the closed window of a vehicle and what we’re seeing here is actually the reflection something in the back seat of the vehicle.|
Everyone must always remember to keep an open mind when taking and viewing photographs in the paranormal field. Most of the time there are rational explanations for what we’re seeing on film. Normally, even when photographing a known haunted location, only one or two true psychic photos will be achieved out of an entire roll of film.
Now, on to the REAL supernatural and preternatural photos. I’ll explain what they are and why they appear as they do…