Friday, July 31, 2015

Debunking Ghost Photographs: How To Photograph Properly

Genuine unexplained (above) *more later on this - 

We want to capture the paranormal on cameras, but honestly it is so unbelievably rare that it can be disheartening. Before you get too excited about some of your oddities on your photographs, let's talk a wee bit about the explainable and how to discern it.

Before the advent of the digital camera, orbs were not a photographic issue, or if they were, it was only with certain cameras. Now, they are very common. In fact, on a dusty hayride at night in an autumn country fair, I took a shot of the orchard and when the flash went off, it lit all the particles in the air and it looked like sparkling confetti. The people on the ride cooed at how pretty. This was the process of orbs being made - dust, pollen, and moisture in front of the lens is lit by the flash and shows up.  
Translucent looking orbs are actually very close to the lens and so you are able to see through them and ones that are back a bit from the lens reflect the light from the flash and look quite bright. They may seem to have depth of field in the shot, but they are actually near the lens and the culprit is digital camera design that puts the flash right near the lens. 

I always suggest people use their own camera to take some shots like the ones below to see how their particular camera picks up these things so you have examples to compare field pics with. 

Camera strap (above)

Cold breath (above)

wind storm (above)

Dust blown off a surface (above)

finger wagging in front of camera lens (above)

hair (above) 

stopping after walking outdoors and moth (above)

moving camera slightly photographing lights (above)

spider (above)

Camera lens reflected in window (above)

What to consider when photographing

WALKING:  When you walk, stop and allow several minutes for the air to settle before you photograph. Too many people focus on - I walk here, take pictures - and they don't stop to realize that they just stirred up the environment with a sort of vortex of air around them. 

Reflective surfaces: This is the greatest danger, especially in nighttime photo taking. It can be a nightmare in museums, tourist buildings, historic sites, where there are lots of mirrors and glass framed photos and maps, chandeliers, tables, and more.

Straps and hair: It goes without saying that camera straps can be real culprits and they often show up on the right hand side of the pic because of where they are attached on cameras. They show up often with a spiral or corrugated look. I remove the strap from cameras as soon as they are bought or if the strap comes separately, I never attach it. This is one less explanation on photos. I also tie my hair back. One time, I ran my hands through my hair and one caught on my ring. It dangled in front of the pic. I realized it was a hair because it looked reddish and had the hair look to it - looks like a hose with circles inside of it.

Weather: Storms, winds, cold, rain, fog, snow, sprinklers, heavy moisture can all be interpreted by the camera as all manner of specters. Just be sure you take note of your weather conditions. 

Lens:  You put your camera in and out of your pocket 

Consecutive shots: Taking consecutive shots helps to clarify if something was in the environment or not. Viewers might ask, "was there anyone else in the room?" 

Don't be offended that people dispute photographic findings. The truth is, finding something truly unexplained is hard to do, and you want to eliminate all the explainables ahead of time by taking caution when photographing. 

* While taking photos of my son with a 35 mm camera (no strap) at the cemetery, looking for his grandmother's grave, we were asked to leave as it was getting dark. In my mind, I said to my mother-in-law (deceased) to please show where she was, her grandson was there. I took the picture. While it was getting developed, my father-in-law (at the time) said that she was buried about 300 feet back from the praying hands statue. My son had just asked to be photographed at that statue, after passing tons of awesome ones. It showed up on the negative, as well. With no camera strap, I am at a loss, but we went back and sure enough, her grave was 300 feet back from my son's left shoulder. 

Missing in Alaska Review and Tonight's Show

Last week was the premiere of The History Channel's "Missing in Alaska" show. 

I wasn't sure what to expect, but The History Channel consistently puts on truly amazing shows. This show's editing and presentation reminded me a lot of my old favorite, "UFO Hunters." It mixes information, science, three investigators, and the vast expanse of Alaska and it's odd missing incidents that are off the charts statistically compared to other places. 

In last week's episode, they studied the vortex concept. The investigators went into the field, by helicopter, talked to witnesses and experts. It was good watching. I know it's good watching because it's hard to keep me riveted to a show the entire hour and this one sucked me right in.

I love that they even covered UFOs and parallel universes. I am always pleased when a show has the balls to take in all possibilities and looking for correlations. 

I suggest you give this show a look-see and I suspect you are going to be hooked. All us para geeks tend to ask questions about odd things going on and we want to explore all the possible explanations. This show does it and with a healthy dose of skepticism and intelligence. 

The History Channel - thank you, once again, for another intelligent show like "Ancient Aliens," "Hangar 1," "The Curse of Oak Island" and please bring back "Search for the Lost Giants" and I will forever be your devoted fan!

Tonight's episode is the Hairy Man! 

One of the stars of the show, Ken Gerhard, has some great books you need to check out.

Encounters With Flying Humanoids 
Ken Gerhard's books on Amazon 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Horror Movies, Hardcore Porn and Vibrators

Modern horror movies have unfortunately done something to viewers--taken us as far as they can go with desensitizing us. Since we longer jump and cringe at ax murders, then they eviscerated and tortured people. When that newness wore off, they tried gruesome killing after gruesome killing, each more over the top than the last.

The problem is, they no longer hit our horror G-spot.

Like porn and the use of a vibrator, it takes a bit more and more and more to stimulate and eventually, one builds up a tolerance. 

Horror was never about the killings or the torture so far as it was about the unknown (in other words what they didn't show us, not what they let us see--everything). The real horror is not in witnessing death, but in the not knowing what will happen. If you see a dark room and hear creepy music, your mind fills in the appropriate terror that works on you instead of someone spoon-feeding you your fright.

Our minds are truly the best scriptwriters when it comes to terror, not our eyes.  

("Hostel" - Modern Horror Movie)

I don't find movies like "Hostel" or "Saw" scary, only uncomfortable and numbing. Think about it, people are killed off one after another until there is no one to care about and nothing to hope for. You simply witness a slaughter. It creates an apathy in the viewer. Even a simpleton moviemaker should know that creating apathy in your viewers is the kiss of death.

How do you do a killing movie and create horror? Let's have a look at this one --

("The Changeling" 1980)

There is hope on the horizon! Some moviemakers have gotten savvy at looking towards the classics for cues on how to totally engage the viewer with lush cinematography, gripping soundtracks, great doses of darkness, unexplained happenings, and haunted characters. Here's two that come to mind and are worthy of the watching - allowing the horror sensation to seep back into our minds and bodies again so we lose that numbed up feeling. 

("The Woman in Black")

("The Awakening")

The tough question might be: Can you take hardcore horror enthusiasts and get them to back down to suspense and moodiness, atmosphere and the unseen and have them satisfied or bored to tears? 

Well, let's look at what happens. With a good suspenseful horror that builds up but doesn't spoon feed you the enemy, for example, "The Haunting" (1963), you are given adequate foreplay and anticipation, tingling, heightened senses, dilated pupils, and preparation so that even a slight touch of fear creates the climax. 

In the movies "Darkness Falls" and "Sixth Sense" they played on the childhood terror of what is outside the sheet when you sleep. Those early fears are where we developed our worst fears throughout life, whether it was being alone, in the dark, what's under the bed, in the closet, what's that sound???

It can be difficult for over-stimulated horror lovers to differentiate between fear and disgust. If you're watching a disembowelment, you cringe, want to look away, feel a bit sick and quite grossed out. You know the person won't survive, so you are not emotionally invested at all, except that you're glad it's not you. That's not really fear. Fear is more about what COULD happen, not what is happening. What IS happening is fait accompli. 

When a movie gives us a realistic scenario, we can actually relate. Some people brought together to study a haunted mansion: A feasible scenario. Characters that we can relate to: A driven, skeptical and pragmatic scientist...

How about a location we might actually see ourselves in...

Notice the use of sounds? Music, lighting? These are the tools of horror seduction. 

We're not likely to end up in a room, tied down by some madman wanting us to hurt ourselves to escape. 

Some people refer to it as "torture porn" and there is a good reason for that: It's hardcore, in your face, and raw. Some people want to see things you don't normally get to see, like intestines spilling onto a floor or a head being chopped off, but that's not fear so much as repulsion.

You want to get scared? Imagine coming across a killer of unknown origins and motivation; a killer that sees you seeing him! 

The minute a viewer straps on their seat belt and wonders "what would I do?" You have him truly in suspense! 

Suspense is horror. 
Guts are horrific.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Beautiful and Haunting Abandoned Place Videos

I came across this filmmaker's work and had to subscribe to the channel HushHush Video


New Proof of Ancient Giants in Grand Canyon?

(one of my paintings, find more in my shop)

The stories of ancient giants being found mummified with their treasures inside a cave in the Grand Canyon in the early 1900s has been under debate for a century. But, might this be explained by events in a certain period of our pasts? 

Radiocarbon testing showed that man was here in North America 50,000 years ago! Yes, 50,000 years! 

Plants that were combined with artifacts in South Carolina ended up dating back 50,000 years ago. Why is this significant, other than it pushes man's time on the continent way the hell back from the old estimates around 11,000 years ago? 

Native legends.

How accurate were Native legends? Well, the Hopi speak of the ant people who were hiding underground, who helped their people when they arrived here, during a great catastrophe. 

Source: "The first people of the first world were safely sheltered underground as fire rained upon the earth, the waters and air itself were elemental took a long time for the first world could cool off so the second world could begin."

We also have a legend of ancient giants being found in a cave in the Grand Canyon, hiding from a catastrophe with an inventory of all their seeds and animals and treasures by a man named Kinkaid in the early 1900s. 

"Over a hundred feet from the entrance is the cross-hall, several hundred feet long, in which are found the idol, or image, of the people's god, sitting cross-legged, with a lotus flower or lily in each hand. The cast of the face is oriental, and the carving this cavern. The idol almost resembles Buddha, though the scientists are not certain as to what religious worship it represents. Taking into consideration everything found thus far, it is possible that this worship most resembles the ancient people of Tibet." (Kinkaid's report to the newspaper 1909)

This archaeological find supports the legend of the Hopi, but is also further supported by the knowledge of a catastrophe that occurred about 50,000 years ago -

About 50,000 year ago, Northern Arizona was hit by a meteor - Meteor Crater. The effects would have been devastating and researchers did not concern themselves with what happened to man in the area because, old school thinking said man wouldn't even arrive until after the last ice age around 11,000 years ago.

If my hypothesis is correct, there was another branch of man that was out spread around the world when man left Africa 60,000 years ago. This advanced man who had more knowledge by virtue of their own evolution and spread, mastering mining, astronomy, canal systems, and megalithic structures, left their influence everywhere which is why the explorer in the Grand Canyon said he thought the cave was filled with giant mummies of an Egyptian race because of the lotus symbol and what looked like a Buddha statue - giving an uneducated estimation that it was Chinese or Egyptian. 

But, if this master earlier race actually spread their style around the world, they influenced man's early languages, religions, styles and more. So, not that Egyptians or Chinese were hiding out in the Grand Canyon, but the earlier race of man that had mastered the globe long before we did.

Once again, it appears that Native legends support real factual occurrences in the past and we do need to listen to them carefully. These second migrants of the three migrations (Europeans as third) to this country were archiving their encounters with this other type of man, the first migrants. 

It is my belief that it's entirely possible these first migrants were Denisovan hybrids. They headed from Asia into Europe and down into the South Pacific, Easter Island, Peru, and up to North America last. They were here 50,000 years ago when the Amer-indians or second migrants arrived. Denisovan DNA is found into the South Pacific and the coastal "Natives" of America showed origins in common with Australia's aborigines. This explains where they trekked and what their influences were. 

We think Deniosvans died off when Neanderthal did, but they were around long enough to mate with Homo sapiens and leave their DNA. In fact, it was found that the Denisovans in their DNA showed a heritage of an as-of-yet unknown other hominin. That unknown homimin seems the likely ancestor of the "giants." In fact, they were likely here much later than most think, as some stories of the giants have them still here as late as the 1400s when Europeans were first exploring here. 

Denisovans were discovered by a youth's finger bone and a molars from adults in a cave in Siberia. Interestingly, the molars were unusually large. If the giant race was advanced and established in cities during this time when the Deniovan and Neanderthal remains were found in the cave, then it is likely that, although the giants might have contributed DNA to Denisovans, the Denisovans were still of the rather primitive age as Neanderthal and Homo sapiens, and this is why they were living in a cave and not the civilized cities of the giant people. It is likely the this is how the Deniosvan DNA showed a heritage of an "other" man. 

Whoever this race of giants were, they were obviously ahead of the nomadic man that was spreading out from Africa and their influences could be seen in technology and architecture, as well as symbols that are found around the world and make people question ancient alien visitation (an extraordinary explanation) or that Homo sapiens somehow were traveling by ship and circumnavigating the globe when they were still running around with primitive tools. 

It is interesting to note how the time line in America fully accommodates both a race of people here 50,000 years ago when the meteor hit and a legend by Native People that there was an earlier race that went underground because of the fiery cataclysm. 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Face-Off New Season Tonight on Syfy!

Season 9 begins with a cosmic bang as sixteen new talented artists work in teams of two to construct original alien animals that incorporate two models into one massive creation. This difficult task of fashioning the largest creatures ever seen on Face Offproves to be eye opening and taxing for multiple contestants, and a surprise announcement from the judges keeps everyone on edge.

And on Tuesday, August 11 at 9PM, Face Off will celebrate its 100th episode in style, as the artists turn real-life engaged couples into whimsically undead duos. Following the challenge, host McKenzie Westmore, recently an ordained minister, will marry the couples as they say their vows in front of friends and family.


Ben Ploughman
Age: 34
Hometown: Austin, TX
Residence: North Hollywood, CA
Twitter: @benplowguy

Brittany Leslie
Age: 25
Hometown: Mt. Sinai, NY
Residence: West Hollywood, CA
Twitter: @brittanykleslie

Evan Hedges
Age: 29
Hometown: Boulder, CO
Residence: Denver, CO
Twitter: @HedgesEvan

Jasmine Ringo
Age: 31
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Residence: Las Vegas, NV
Twitter: @MonsterNotWar

Jason Henricks
Age: 36
Hometown: Crane, OR
Residence: Los Angeles, CA
Twitter: @ZombieDog_LA

Jordan Patton
Age: 25
Hometown: Parkersburg, WV
Residence: Pittsburgh, PA
Twitter: @jpattonFX

Kevon Ward
Age: 27
Hometown: Rock Spring, WY
Residence: Denver, CO
Twitter: @kevonwardkkw

Libby Rose Goldberg
Age: 28
Hometown: Ojai, CA
Residence: New York, NY
Twitter: @libbyrosemakeup

Megan Wilbur
Age: 24
Hometown: Hightstown, NJ
Residence: Ewing, NJ
Twitter: @cupcake_meg

Melissa ‘Missy Munster’ Stell
Age: 20
Hometown: Palmdale, CA
Residence: Palmdale, CA
Twitter: @MissyMunsterfx

Nora Hewitt
Age: 25
Hometown: Barkhamsted, CT
Residence: Pittsburgh, PA
Twitter: @Nora_Hewitt

Omar Sfreddo
Age: 40
Hometown: Miami, FL
Residence: Hollywood, FL
Twitter: @Omar_SFX

Ricky Vitus
Age: 22
Hometown: Schenectady, NY
Residence: Bellport, NY
Twitter: @RickyVitus

Scott Fensterer
Age: 43
Hometown: Orlando, FL
Residence: Orlando, FL
Twitter: @scottstoybox

Sidney Cumbie
Age: 31
Hometown: Pace, FL
Residence: Burbank, CA
Twitter: @sidneycumbie

Stevie Calabrese
Age: 26
Hometown: Grayslake, IL
Residence: Chicago, IL
Twitter: @AsSeenOnStevie

The Urban Sasquatch Journal: Research Considerations

This is the reporting by a Bigfoot researcher of an ongoing study in the Southern part of the United States in a very large park area near homes and urban setting.

Prior installments

July 5, 2015
Visit #12

Temp: 94, hot, humid, sunny with gathering afternoon rain clouds

Hiked over to the trail bridge arriving just after 5 p.m. After picking up another rock from the old fire pit, I went straight to site 1B. 

This year the mosquitoes have been bad in this area. I found my mosquito head net and it made a great difference in keeping the mosquitoes from being so annoying. I typically wear old jeans, a heavy duty, long sleeve, mossy oak shirt. Also heavy duty hiking socks and hiking boots and a camo cap. No bright colors. The only exposed skin has been my hands and face. I do use gloves and now my head net. I do use repellent also. Again, the head net makes a huge difference in helping me to stay longer in the woods. I stayed this evening till 6:45 p.m. 

Here are the changes noted at site 1B for this visit:
  • Both buckets were emptied of all food items left previously.
  • Most wrappers were found at both buckets on the ground not far from the trees. Some wrappers were not found and a few were found over 50 feet from a bucket.
  • A long limb (66 inches in length) that is perpendicular is now in front on the row of rocks in front of the plastic water jug with ground arrow pointer. ???
  • The sprouted deer corn in the site has been flattened.
  • The deer corn pile outside of the site perimeter has all been taken.
  • A snickers bar wrapper is approximately 50 feet from bucket #2 towards the outside deer corn spot.
  • The ground arrow direction pointer limbs has been moved again.
Here are my following new changes:
  • I added another rock in front of the new limb near the arrow pointer.
  • I had stood up a long log at a tree last visit. I added another long log vertically.
  • I laid a broken limb over the rocks and the new limb.
  • I removed all the balls from the back packs and piled them under the tree with the horizontal limb. I laid out a number of limbs again to make a new balls corral.
  • I put the blue tire and one of the yellow tires vertically at the base of the bucket trees.
  • the other tires were relocated near the new balls corral.
  • I moved the gifting bag, the dream catcher, flute and 6"galvanized nail to the limb above the balls corral.
  • I reset the moved limb pieces at the arrow pointer.
  • another sham camera was added near bucket tree #1.
  • I hung the belt buckle and comb off cords, over bucket #2. I also added the hammer in bucket #2 to see if it would be taken with the food items.
  • At bucket #1 I put in the tennis ball and also hung the nail tent peg and a 6" galvanized nail from cords over the bucket.
  • Added the 15lbs kettle bell to the end of the ground arrow.
Here are today's photos (32):

#1. I'm at the trail bridge looking south. The ditch water is a normal depth. Both east and west grassy areas are seen with both tree lines. Sites 1A and 1B are at the far end on the left side.

#2. thru #4. Shows the different wrappers on the ground around bucket tree #1.

#5. In site sprouted deer corn flattened.

#6. This limb added perpendicular at the end of my rocks row.

#7. My ground arrow direction limbs have been scattered slightly.

#8. thru #13. Food wrappers scattered around bucket tree #2.

#14. Deer corn spot outside of site 1B perimeter. The pile is no longer there.

#15. Empty peanuts bag at bucket #1.

#16. Food items for both buckets.

#17. I added an old, broken, short  branch on the new ground limb and rocks. Also the new rock is added.

#18.  I reset the limbs arrow ground pointer.

#19 thru #20. Food added to both tree buckets.

#21. thru #23. Sham camera added near bucket #1. 

#24. Two long limb/log poles I stood vertically at a tree.

#25. Bucket #1 with tent peg and nail additions.

#26. Kettle bell added to ground setup.

#27. Bucket #2 with comb, buckle and hammer additions.

#28. Yellow tire stood vertically at bucket tree #1.

#29. Three tires at the balls corral.

#30. Balls corral.

#31. Blue tire stood vertically at bucket tree #2.

#32. Limb above balls corral with hanging items.

*The Urban Sasquatch researcher has done a great job of giving plenty of stimulation, puzzles, curiosities, attempted communications, and rewards. As he has had this predictable back and forth, keeping things nonthreatening, he has built a trust and a curiosity. Now that an established pattern has developed, it is time for him to plot out the implication of live cameras. 


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