What do you believe produces orb effects in digitally produced photographs?

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  1. Parks McCants profile image73
    Parks McCantsposted 6 years ago

    What do you believe produces orb effects in digitally produced photographs?

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  2. Marsei profile image90
    Marseiposted 6 years ago

    Speaking as someone who had made a lot of orb photos with two different cameras, I have not a clue.  I have pretty much ruled out dust particles, the popular Internet debunking method.  I have shot orbs in the midst of a misting rain that has lasted a while.  I really don't think dust particles could have survived.  Besides orbs are perfect fractals and it's hard to believe that each dust particle is the same shape.  I would like to say atmospheric conditions, but that doesn't seem to work either as I have two friends who are constantly trying to photograph orbs.  Any time the orbs are around, I call them, but they capture no orbs.   I have photographed them both in Arkansas and in Lousiana.  I will say this, and this comes from a real skeptic:  When I am in a very peaceful and spirtual frame of mind, I always find them -- or they find me.   Most of the ones in my backyard are over where many of our pets from our 46-year marriage are buried.  In Arkansas, some of them are over where the hunters skin the deer, but others are at the creek and down a trail I often walk.  When we were staying at a downtown hotel during one of Joe's conventions, I photographed the Greater New Orleans Bridge from a patio at the Hilton.  The left side of the photo had orbs. 
    So, after rambling here and there, I have no clue.  I am convinced that science doesn't know or the answer would have been forthcoming.  I am honored that I am able to capture them in photos, for whatever reason.

    1. Parks McCants profile image73
      Parks McCantsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Hello Marsei. Where on the same page . Thank you for sharing recent photos  from the deer stand. outstanding!

  3. Cow Flipper profile image83
    Cow Flipperposted 6 years ago

    Orb photos are most likely close up dust and out of focus objects in a scene that when illuminated give off that orb like appearance. So hair, dust, and moisture explain the majority of orb photos. This does not mean that all orb photographs are of dust.

    The best to tell the difference is to look at the orbs and see if they are blocked by objects in the foreground, leave a shadow showing they are solid, and if they illuminate the area around them.

    Other explanations are energy spheres which seem to be part of the natural environment.

    1. Parks McCants profile image73
      Parks McCantsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you Cow Flipper. My  personal favorite orb photos are those that appear partialy behind or in front of an object. I like your shadow test.

  4. nochance profile image94
    nochanceposted 6 years ago

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    I'm gonna say dust. I get orbs in photos all the time, especially if I'm in an old building or outside.

    This is a picture I took a couple years ago with my college friends in one of the dorms (built in the 60's). So either they're summoning demons or there's just a lot of dust in the room. I have several pictures taken in this same building on different days and they all have dust spots.

    1. Parks McCants profile image73
      Parks McCantsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Good evening nochance. The blue orb to the left of the photo is not dust(: Thanks for sharing. A recent passed friend or relative ?

    2. nochance profile image94
      nochanceposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Not likely. Just a very dusty dorm building and a terrible digital camera.

  5. mrsgray profile image59
    mrsgrayposted 6 years ago

    I would say dust, bugs, reflection of light, and maybe even moisture on the lense.

  6. JesadaB profile image74
    JesadaBposted 6 years ago

    Well it depends on the orb, it could be dust particles but they often look more like snow then an orb. It is possible for a bug to have the orb shape but often when viewed closely you can tell it is a bug. I have also taken photos with orbs, I don't know anyone who hasn't perhaps it is something inside the cameras themselves? I think that most often the colored orbs, ones you may not notice are colored, or the brighter orbs are spirits. Not all orbs are spirits though, I  think that is where a lot of skeptics like to use the "orb" thing against those who do believe in the spirit world. But I digress...lol...I do not know what causes the orbs in digital photos, if you find out let me know, for now I will go on the assumption that it is the camera being whacky and of course the occasional spirit bobbing by. Good question!

 
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