What are The Causes of Orbs in My Digital Photos?
What is a Photo Orb?
Digital photography has created a new phenomena; the "photographic orb" or just "orb". There are various theories and scientific explanations. Science says these are dust or water particles reflecting light or just a way a digital camera takes photographs and fills in the missing info gaps with orbs! Others claim some of these are “spirit orbs”; some kind of energy made visible by the digital medium.
This Hub illustrates some orbs I have found in my digital pictures and what I think they are.
I was taken by surprise the first time I discovered a very large orb on one of my digital photographs and that started a search on the web for possible answers to the cause of these sometimes spherical looking “orbs”
According to practical science; it appears these glitches on digital film are water droplets or dust. It is a theory I am inclined to believe except for a few reasons, I will go into later. Not that I want to believe they are spirits, though that makes them much more interesting!
I actually believe it is a computer glitch…sort of static electricity…because I have had one camera emit a loud bang and die! Yes there was a witness…lol. That had to be an electrical disturbance or else it ate a very large spirit and poof, done like toast!
I have a collection of a variety of photographic orbs in different lighting conditions as well as inside and out that I want to share for the curious at heart.
My collection result from completely random pictures , although I have never captured the image of an orb in my apartment, for instance, and in many rain situations, none turn up.
Of the orbs I have pictures of, I have to say I never saw anything before I took the picture…but then I was just taking a picture and not looking for orbs! However, some of the orbs are definitely large and one wonders how such large ones were produced…after all dust particles are way smaller!
One really dusty corner!
Dust is everywhere, however, I mainly get the orbs in photographs taken at my old cottage. These dusty spheres only happen in one area of the cottage AND I accidentally photographed one small one from two different angles. I only noticed it as I was looking for orbs for this Hub. The same cloud appears in the same spot taken from two different angles, so it is difficult to say I caught the same dust particle or ray of light or even a digital glitch.
That is one image that intrigues me and the even more mysterious part is the location. I rarely get this phenomena happening anywhere else in the house and more or less in one corner. Funny dust that!
Look at the corner...the wall is not sloped like that in real life!
Ghostly Apparitions and Mists...
So to make the topic a little more interesting…. In the neighborhood where these orbs have mostly been photographed there have existed ghost stories of a neighbour (who I actually knew in real life). His niece absolutely believed she had seen him…more than once after he had passed away. So that locale does have a reputation to uphold! My mother always mentioned she wouldn’t mind seeing him…after all he was her neighbour!
While I tend to be analytical and am more satisfied by hard facts, I am intrigued about what a digital camera can capture. Sometimes the unexpected!
I did not photograph the image that I will describe because I was too flabbergasted to actually push the button!
This happened outside the old cottage as I was looking into the viewfinder to compose a view of my Japanese Knotweed, when I was confused to see mist in the viewfinder. I looked up and the view was fine… no mist whatsoever. Confused, I then looked back into the display and there it was supposedly right in front of me. I thought my camera was damaged since it appeared there was a fog in the viewfinder.
As I mentioned I had one digital camera die with a bang, so I assumed this new digital camera was giving up the ghost so to speak. Any moment I expected the new camera to go to go up in smoke!
Then the mist began to move and drift off to the right and out of the picture! I checked in front and nothing…
Sad to say I did not catch it on camera since I thought it was a problem, nothing else…but when it moved away I had goose bumps all over my arms! The rate at which it moved and the fact I saw nothing in front of me except in the viewfinder was a little creepy! Explain that!
I have a witness who heard me say…”What the Hell was that?”
My logical mind says; I think , the camera captures a depth of field of vision that isn’t visible to our eyes…the mist was too fine to see with the eyes but visible in the camera viewfinder because of the depth perception…yet the way it moved, I have no possible explanation! I was intrigued.
What had I seen? Was it an invisible mist, visible only to the camera? It is interesting to say the least. As a photograph, it would not have looked like much anyway, but I wish I had caught it nevertheless!
One fascinating image of an orb just missed my scrutiny even though it was very prominent. (I thought it was the moon since the focus of the camera was elsewhere. I never really looked at the entire photograph and assumed that luminous thing was the moon. What else would be in a dark sky, huh?
As I said, I am open to the aberrations being dust and water, but I don’t think that is the entire explanation…What about an orb photographed from two angles that seems to be suspended in the same spot? Why is light seemingly refracted just above it! What in the world was the mist? I like to think it was mist, more or less invisible to the eye, but visible by the camera, but there is that delightful mystery that I am not absolutely satisfied with the explanations. I wonder why some spheres are flat and some appear to be spherical? Why would dust particles give off such large reflections?
Now I have to catch one moving, but I may break my camera as I drop it and make a run in the opposite direction . A dust particle explanation is ultimately more comforting. Then again, if it is the spirit of my departed Mom paying a visit... well, that is pretty comforting as well…just as long as she doesn’t make any fast movements or loud noises. I am curious…but too jumpy to be a ghost buster! Maybe she knows that…LOL
Whatever you think these orbs are…it is interesting to see where they show up!
Have you caught any fascinating orb in your digital photography?
The Mistaken Moon Shot
Even though the idea this is something "otherworldly" is a good story idea, I actually do think all my pictures above are a result of some reflection of light or dust or raindrops falling in some weird fashion on the lens of the camera.
There is always a light source ,whether it is moonlight some distant car headlight or refraction off of raindrops or an odd angle to the sun to explain the mystery.
However, it is fun pretending!