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!

2 thoughts on “Photograph a UFO!

  1. Hello:
    If your camera has a night shot mode, you may find that it helps a bit, as in night shot the camera sees slightly into the infra red spectrum. This works during daylight hours as well. My wife has been experimenting with this for about a month now, with interesting results. If you are interested, you can see the results on our site,

    Cheers, mberry

  2. Unfortunately not, I’ve got a Cannon Powershot S2 IS, no night mode. I think mostly Sony makes the night-mode cameras and in the newer units they’ve disabled that functionality under bright light because they were being used in combination with IR filters for voyeuristic purposes (many fabrics tend to be semi-transparent in the infrared). But with a little contrast enhancement these are visible.

    These shots have been daytime here, none at night. I am going to make another trip down to the beach as soon as I get the chance and see if it’s still there.

    I wonder if we are talking about the same object, it’s north of Edmonds from here, but Edmonds is about 100 miles south of Surrey. For it to be the same object it would have to be quite high in the sky and quite large.

    I’ll add a link to your site on the sidebar. Thanks.

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