Month – March 2007

Photograph a UFO!

This got me thinking, more data might help clarify the situation more so here are some tips that might help you capture a UFO in a photograph.

If you have a decent digital camera, try this and maybe we can get some more UFO photos, maybe some closer that will provide more detail.

The two I have captured now were both apparently quite distant so good camera optics and a long lens is helpful. With a long lens a downside is that each photo covers less of the sky but take a lot and then review them.

Go out when it’s clear and there are expanses of clear sky, or even when it’s uniformly cloudy. Take pictures of the sky all around with your camera set to the lowest ASA setting (minimal noise). You may have to manually focus to infinity because a uniform background gives the camera nothing to work with.

Now, take these photographs, and if you don’t see anything visually obvious in them already, load them into PaintShop Pro and use the “Clarify” function with a strength of 20 (maximum).

The Clarify function enhances contrast of uniform brightness areas, brings dark areas brighter, and generally helps bring out very low contrast detail.

If you don’t see anything still you can try running Clarify one more time if the background is still relatively uniform. It will result in a highly unnatural shaded image but it may make detail stand out that you might otherwise pass over.

If you find something in the processed image, then go back and see if you can find it in the original. It also helps to zoom on the image and pan.

Take multiple pictures of each area separated by some small time. While digital artifacts from the camera itself will generally be one pixel, jpeg artifacts can be bigger, multiple pictures of the same object will not only eliminate that possibility but also show movement if there is any background reference at all.

If you have raw capability, shoot in raw mode. Else use the highest quality jpeg setting possible.

Another tip, it’s a good idea to get background references so you can get some idea of how high, distant, and large the object might be.

Now, maybe just wild coincidence, but I find it highly coincidental that both objects, taken seven months apart, were almost in the exact same location and had the same visual appearance. Perhaps wild coincidence but perhaps whatever it is is a regular visitor or permanent resident of the area. I’ll test the theory by continuing to photograph that area.

If you would like to and are in the Puget Sound, this is looking North from Edmonds or Richmond Beach. It is considerably closer in the picture taken from Edmonds but it appeared to be quite a distant north of Edmonds. I don’t know what might be interesting to alien visitors farther north or if this is not something terrestrial in nature, weather balloons, some secret military technology being flown out of Whidbey Island naval airbase, or the air force airbase in Everett.

So more photos people! Get out there with your digital cameras and use them!

UFO Photos

I’d like to mention a few things about the UFO photographs I recently posted.

After considering the first photo, before having taken the second, I thought we were just pulling out of the dock, maybe the engines churned up enough froth to actually hurl a drop of water that high (we’re talking 30 or 40 feet above the water level).

That, I thought, would explain the blurred appearance, if it were relatively close and I were focused on infinity. The part of the dock on the photo wasn’t blurred so that didn’t make total sense.

So yesterday on the way back from the bank I stopped at Richmond Beach and took some photos, and I get back and I’m processing those, and what do I see?

Another object that looks identical to the first except it is farther away and the sun is at a different angle. This would have placed the object in almost the same location as it was last August (Edmonds being farther north of Richmond Beach).

So now I thought of things like, could it be a plane or bird far enough away that it just wasn’t sharp enough to discern?

This image was about six pixels wide but the previous image was more than double that. And yet, there are other objects that are visible that are only 1-2 pixels wide in the same photo, so the lens had sufficient resolving power to resolve something cleanly onto the sensor. The fuzzy appearance of the object appears to be a property largely of the object itself.

I also took some pictures of airplanes and helicopters and birds at the resolution limit of the camera and you can make out what they are down to the point where structure, wings, etc, are only one pixel wide and become unrecognizable or disappear.

With really high contrast items, like some of the things around the house and tree parts, near the limit of resolution chromatic aberration becomes an issue (but you don’t see it much in those images because I cleaned it up with Paintshop Pro) but not with low contrast subjects.

So I use the term UFO in the most literal sense, I don’t know what these objects are but I know reasonably well what they are not, not a plane, bird, helicopter, or a common form of balloon, (though I can’t rule out some less common form, mylar weather balloon or something along those lines).

Whatever these things are they either match the color and brightness of the sky very closely, intentionally stealthy, or they are translucent or semi-transparent allowing the sky to be seen through them. If they were merely highly reflective their undersides would be dark reflecting the water beneath them but this is not the case.

Another Accidental UFO Photo!

Now this is high strangeness. Friday, I discovered a UFO in a photo I had taken last August that I hadn’t noticed at the time.

Monday (today) three days later I took some photos down at Richmond Beach, and one I took looking north, past Edmonds, and again, I didn’t see it when I was there, I just took a picture of some beach houses in the orange sky as the sun was heading down.

I get back, and after viewing them on the computer, what do I see? Another UFO that looks incredibly similar to the one I photographed last August in approximately the same location.

Like the one back in August, this has a roughly spherical appearance and was very close in color and brightness to the sky.

At first I thought this is probably just an ordinary airplane so far away that it’s only exposing a couple of pixels and it’s shape can’t be made out. But then I compared similar sized features near and on the beach house and the resolution is good enough that it should have been possible to make out the shape of an airplane if that’s what this was.


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Beach House UFO

Full camera resolution of the UFO.
Beach House UFO

Format Change

I have widened the format of this blog to 1000 pixels in order to accommodate larger photographs without overwriting the sidebar.

You should your screen width to at least 1024×768 when viewing this blog.

I Inadvertently Photographed a UFO!

I discovered last night while processing some photos that I took last summer that I inadvertently captured a UFO in one of them.

We we were taking a trip to visit with some friends in Silverdale and took a ferry from Edmonds to Kingston. Just as we were leaving the Edmonds dock I snapped a photo with part of the dock structure in it and part of the water and sky as we were clearing it.

Click on the image below to see a full sized version of the photo.

Edmonds-Kingston Ferry Dock UFO

I don’t know what it but I feel reasonably confident it’s not airplane, helicopter, or bird.

Fife Symington Admits Seeing Probable Alien Craft

Watch this video interview of former governor Fife Symington speaking about seeing a craft many have come to call the Phoenix lights. Former governor Symington believes the craft to most likely be an alien spaceship.

It’s frustrating that when people of his stature see something like this they keep it a secret for a decade, or many times forever, because it detracts from the credibility of others who have seen things from other worlds.

Rods

I had mixed feelings about adding Roswell Rods to the side bar or posting regarding it because there isn’t much evidence that this phenomena is extraterrestrial in origin, or that it is even anything terribly out of the ordinary. But it does appear to be an unidentified flying object of some sorts so I thought I’d post my speculations.

The objects themselves are interesting. Rod debunkers have suggested that they are nothing more mysterious than insects in flight motion blurred by video. Rod debunker debunkers have used highspeed video cameras, those with shutter speeds of 1/10,000th of a second, that would not be subject to the blur an ordinary video camera is, and the objects still appear the same.

I’m afraid I tend to fall into the skeptical category on this one because I see the primary promotor, a Mexican television producer by the name of Jose Escamilla, seems to be heavily into promoting DVD’s of the phenomena for sale rather than making the videos and still available for free on the net.

Still I can’t dismiss it outright either so it will just remain in my “unknown” bag until such time as more definitive evidence becomes available. I do quite a lot of outdoor photography myself and have never captured anything remotely resembling these “rods” an image in spite of being in a fairly insect rich environment. So if they were insects I’d expect to see them showing up in my photos some of which are taken at shutter speeds similar to video frame rates.

I’d be interested in hearing from others who have successfully photographed rods, what equipment you used in what setting, etc.

Area 51

I ran across this video that seems mostly sensationalist nothing.

However, I was curious what could be seen from the satellite images on Google. One of the things that is interesting is that you can readily see the nuclear test sites. Holes with roads leading up to them and huge radial stress fractures leading out in all directions for some distance. It gives you an idea of just how much energy was released in those nuclear explosions.

Then I stumbled across Nellis Air Force Base and something puzzling and out of ordinary on the base. Check out this link to a location on Nellis Air Force Range on Google maps. Just what are those five dark rectangular objects with the funky glowing stuff in them? I have never seen anything this dark on a satellite image on Google. Really fresh black top might look that dark, but then what of the weird colorful bright stuff in the middle?

Overall what is most interesting is how restricted this data is not. For the most part most of the area is covered by the second highest resolution satellite imagery that Google has anywhere. Seems kind of strange for what is supposed to be a super-secret base.

UFO Forum

I am always interested in finding UFO sites that contain relatively unedited personal accounts because it is my desire to better understand both my own personal experience, the phenomena in general, and the physics that make it possible. The very existence of the phenomena points to an incomplete understanding of physics as does the existence of contradictions and incompleteness in existing theories.

Today I ran across “The UFO Forum“. It has a small number of personal accounts as well as more general information. Overall the site appears to be a very professionally designed site with a lot of material from more well known UFO researchers but I find the personal accounts most interesting.