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Debunked 'dust and flash' theory in spirit orb photos
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.