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Debunked 'dust and flash' theory in spirit orb photos

Updated on February 20, 2013
Orb photography 101. Dust and rain particles, and flash blow-back, does not produce genuine Spirit generated Orb images. Spirit does!
Orb photography 101. Dust and rain particles, and flash blow-back, does not produce genuine Spirit generated Orb images. Spirit does! | Source

Spirit generated Orb image photograpy 101


I thought I’d set the “Spirit” thing aside for this article, and focus on the “Dust and Flash” theory of Orb image photography. As an amateur photography of five decades or so, I’ve had the extreme pleasure of holding some magnificent, as well as common mass produced cameras. in my hand. I fondly remember at the age of five years or so, my adventurous Grandmother Marie, teaching me how to point and shot her Kodak Brownie Box Camera


That little camera with its Blue Dot flash bulbs; traveled the world in a small nap sack, from the South Pacific to Australia, down to Panama, and north to the Azores Islands off of Kodiak. To me, the little brown box camera with the side crank was nothing short of magic. The photos taken through the point and shoot would become family treasures to millions.


I was hooked, and my lifelong fascination with photography would bring me to the subject at hand; Orb image photography.


Prior to the invention of the digital processor cameras; of our technology enabled world, I captured hundreds of black and white, and then color images one roll at a time. With a couple of extra dollars in my pocket, I would go down to the local film or corner drugstore, and have my film developed. A few days later I would have the photos in hand. A two day pick-up was fast… One day, Unheard of!


Today I’ll take hundreds of shots, in a handful of hours, and sort and print them the same afternoon or evening. And of-course in the case of producing a web platform article such as this one… instantaneous imagery display. Magic!


The first time I noticed an Orb image in a photograph, I passed it over as a flawed print; and tossed it in the trash. I recall doing this countless times. Of-course today, I wish I had those original developed film Orb images in my collection. Just for fun… The next time you dig through an old box of family photographs, keep an eye open for orb images. You’ll generally find orb images in wedding photos, party shots, spiritual moments; as well as family events. Orbs’ love to party… Orbs’ love children, as well as pets.


Back to the subject of “dust and flash” produced Orb images.


Last Sunday night, I decided to put to rest the prevailing theory in the photography community; that a photographic orb image, is the result of dust, water, or a close distanced flash glare; picked up by the camera’s lens.


Without a doubt, it’s possible to produce orb effects intentionally; through the manipulation of the camera. I have often produced “sun flair” orbs, by shooting into the sun. And yes, I’ve captured Orb type images while shooting in foggy, rainy, or extremely cold weather conditions.


In this case study, I’ve opted to light the subject area with duel 100 watt, high intensity patio flood lights. By doing so, I’ve eliminated the concern of “flash blow-back,” as well as processor color resonation.


Take a look. As it’s said… A picture is worth a 1,000 words.


Peace.


Orbs photographed in the dark under full strobe.

Orbs captured in a light rain without the benefit of a flash. Raindrops are not round;nor do they move in an upward trajectory.
Orbs captured in a light rain without the benefit of a flash. Raindrops are not round;nor do they move in an upward trajectory. | Source
Heavy rain capture in the strobe. Auto focus, 1 second delay. Note: No orb image.
Heavy rain capture in the strobe. Auto focus, 1 second delay. Note: No orb image. | Source
No idea! The image to the lower right, is most likely an "elimental" or wood spirit, captured without flash. Auto focus, 1 second delay
No idea! The image to the lower right, is most likely an "elimental" or wood spirit, captured without flash. Auto focus, 1 second delay | Source
Orb images captured in dark conditions with no flash. Auto focus, 3 second delay.
Orb images captured in dark conditions with no flash. Auto focus, 3 second delay. | Source

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      Parks McCants 4 years ago from Eugene Oregon U.S.A.

      I'd have to take a look at a photo or two, but yes, orbs can appear in daylight condition photo's without flash. Has anyone in the immediate family or close friend passed recently? Was there any talk of a passed family member or friend spoken of prior to the shoot? Where you shooting into the sun? Thank you Kiki...

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      Kiki 4 years ago

      Hello Parks, I recently took quite a few pictures of my family mid day with no flash. Quite a few have a large crazy orb dead center covering our faces and I can't figure it out. It was a very warm day, no water or moisture near the DSLR camera either. Do these orbs appear without flash photography as well?

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      Sid Kemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      Hi Parks - If you decide to create the wacky gizmo I suggested and do some experiments, let me know, and I'll be happy to help. Just email me through my HubPages profile with "Photos of Orbs" in the title.

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      MissJamieD 4 years ago from Minnes-O-ta

      I love the pics, very cool:) Thanks so much for sharing!!

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      Parks McCants 4 years ago from Eugene Oregon U.S.A.

      Thanks Sid. Great idea! Will stay in touch.

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      Sid Kemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      Hi Parks: I thought of a device that would prove that orbs are not camera effects. Yoke two cameras together (different models, with different lens systems). Design it so that they are not exactly parallel - say one is angled 5 degrees to the left and 2 degrees down from the other. Link the shutters to take simultaneous images. Any lens or camera effects will show up on one, and not the other. Any lighting effects will be angled off in an odd way. Real orbs will show up on both, offset by the camera angle. If you want to take this one step further, have the two cameras take images a second or two apart with different lighting. Let me know if you give this a try!

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      Parks McCants 4 years ago from Eugene Oregon U.S.A.

      Thank you sir for the question: Yes, I've seen orbs without looking through the view finder of a camera. But it's rare, and a bit disturbing at times. Children and animals are a bit more receptive to these images.

      Watch your animals. listen to children. Ask for a sign, it will come.

      As to equipment? I've captured these images on high-end DSL's with lens flash guard, single lens cell phone cams, etc. Play with it when you find the time.. The Ocean is a fantastic venue for orb photography. Go for it! Note: Several science based periodicals and books have been written on the subject. You may find them online..

      Best. Parks R.

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      Sid Kemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      Hi Parks: I'm glad we're meeting here on HubPages. What you call Orbs are, for me, a manifestation of what I call nature spirits. Yet I think it is not always easy to separate orbs from camera lens effects. One question: Do you ever see the orbs when not looking through the camera?

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      Parks McCants 5 years ago from Eugene Oregon U.S.A.

      Not everyone is open to the possibility of capturing orb images.I may be a conduit of some sort. Thank you Violet Sun for taking the time to read me. I've learned much through your writings... I'm truly touched.

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      Parks McCants 5 years ago from Eugene Oregon U.S.A.

      You're fortunate to live in a "quite" home. Me? not so much so. Best of luck with your orb hunting. Mentally call them to the camera;they will come. Follow if you'd like to..

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      VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Wow!!! The last one, looks like a perfectly formed planet. I wonder why not everyone captures orbs? Your photos should silence the skeptics. ;)

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      jennzie 5 years ago from Lower Bucks County, PA

      One time I took a whole bunch of pictures of different rooms in my house to see if I could find any orbs or other strange images and found nothing. I guess my house isn't haunted but I also plan on taking pictures inside others' houses and at different areas outdoors to see if I can catch anything.

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      Parks McCants 5 years ago from Eugene Oregon U.S.A.

      Hello Sandra.No, I have several daytime Orb images captured inside and out, during day-time events, and activities. Have fun with this.I envite and welcome your follow.

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      Parks McCants 5 years ago from Eugene Oregon U.S.A.

      Thank you Lilleyth. Fun!

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      Sandra Busby 5 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

      I'm going to start looking for orb images in my photographs. Are they found only at night? Thanks for SHARING.

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      Suzanne Sheffield 5 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      Good experiment, but you didn't have to convince me as a friend of mine, I might have already told you this -- has a 100-year-old cabin in which all the photos she takes have orbs. Same camera, used at her home, no orbs.

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      Donna 5 years ago from Danville, IL

      Wow I enjoyed looking through your orb slide show. These type of pictures and stories I can't seem to get enough of. Thank you for sharing

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      Sue Pratt 5 years ago from New Orleans

      Very interesting account. Makes me want to go back to Arkansas, which we're doing in May and hopefully, see more orbs. The photos are lovely and hub is well-written as usual. I vote it up, interesting and useful.

      marsei