Will-o’-the-Wisp

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  • Will o the wisp, Ghost Light, Jack o lantern
    Okay so, this is the strangest photo I’ve ever taken!!
    I went out yesterday night, around 11PM to take some photos to create a few posts about huh… you’ll see!
    Anyway, I went to a few places that have no light around. No lampposts, no houses, no streets, nothing like that. The only light source was my camera’s flash and my cellphone’s lamp, so I could see where i was going.

    So i find this field with those trees in the back and I thought they’d make a good black and white photo, (you’ll see some of them later) I get in position and take a few shots around the place. The weird thing is that i caught this smoke/light in one of them. i didn’t notice it when i saw the photo in the viewfinder, and i didn’t see anything when i shot the photo, I only noticed it today when i saw the photos in color in my laptop’s screen.
    When i noticed that it was blue i remembered Pixars film Brave and that they’re called Will-o’-the-wisp lol
    I searched online and found quite a lot of things about it, some good and some bad!

    Of course I have no idea what this thing is, I’ve never seen one before and I didn’t even see it with my own eyes at the time, only the camera caught it… And there are no Fireflies here! Maybe it’s nothing, maybe it’s just my camera going crazy, or maybe I did catch something paranormal! Which would be quite interesting if you believe in such things!

    So, what do you think of this?? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    PS: It’s not a photo-manipulation!

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    1. My guess? You got a spirit. I’ve done this before myself. If you look at the photos directly before and after the shot, it can tell you more, like, if something was going on with your exposure or if its light reflecting off of something else.

      The most profound ones I’ve shot are when I’ve taken 2-3 shots of the same subject, not moving, but ONE has as orb or a bright blur of light that is unexplainable.

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      • Really? Oh my God!!
        I have examined my photos a bit more and I have noticed a small blue orb in one of them, much farther away from this one but taken just a few seconds after! But in the photo taken before this one there’s nothing because i wasn’t aiming at the same place. Do you have those photos in your blog? I’d like to take a look at them.

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    2. Hi Diogo. I hope you receive some sort of confirmation it’s something as mysterious as a will-o’-the-wisp. If it showed up in one of my images, I’d probably chalk it up to one of the harmless hiccups in my camera that shows up every bunch of thousand images in the form of an unexplainable blob or dot or line.

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      • I don’t think it’s the camera, I’ve had a few dots and weird pixels in my photos but nothing like this! It’s also not a reflection, if it was it would have showed up in the other photos i took at the same place. Well it sure is a mystery, and I’ve heard people saying that it’s actually a spirit! One way or the other, i’m gonna go back to the same place at night and try to photograph it one more time and see what happens! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    3. Hey Diogo, that’s cool! Did you have any filters (like a UV filter) attached to your lens? Did you cover the view-finder during the shot? Sometimes light (for example coming from your phone) leaks through the view-finder onto the sensor.

      I am not a spiritual guy, so I’ll keep it scientific, non the less it is intriguing ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Cheers and have a great week!
      Tieme

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      • I did have my polarizer filter attached, it’s always attached lol but it doesn’t create these kinds of things, at least it never happened before and i’ve taken plenty of photos at night with it! ๐Ÿ™‚ my phone was off and in my pocket when i was there in the middle of this field. So weird, i will have to go back there and see if it happens again! I do believe in spirits though. ๐Ÿ™‚

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        • The flash might have reflected in the filter. But is is cool! Do you know the show “Fact or Faked” on SyFy HD? They try to reproduce these kind of shots. Maybe you should send it in!

          Cheers and good luck on the hunt!
          Tieme

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          • Nope, it didn’t reflect Tieme! ๐Ÿ™‚ I took almost a hundred photos, why would it reflect in just two of them? Plus there’s nothing to reflect there, if it was like a leaf or something it would have more reflections, there are thousands of leaves there right? I don’t know, I will go back to this place this weekend and we’ll see what happens. Never heard of that show by the way, I’ve seen one where they used to analyze photos with little orbs and they’d think they’re ghosts, but that’s just dust brightened by the flash so it looks like an orb. If those orbs are ghosts then i have caught hundreds of them lol

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            • The show indeed is something like that, but in some cases they can’t explain what happened and conclude that it must be something paranormal.

              So cool man, I am curious if you’ll shoot it again! Let us know!

              And be careful on your trips mate!

              Cheers,
              Tieme

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            • I tried looking online for a few examples like this one but all i could find was photo manips and lights that are clearly a lightpost! lol We’ll see, I will definitely post the results here, even if i don’t find anything!
              Thanks dude, you be careful as well! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    4. Hmmm interesting…my guess would be that it was just a little floating object very close to the lens that was illuminated by the flash. I’m not into the metaphysical stuff, so can’t offer any crazy explanation here…hehe! ๐Ÿ˜€

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      • But it that’s the case it wouldn’t look like smoke! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ at first i thought it was a moth or something but then i noticed that I managed to shoot a moth in a photo with the flash and it doesn’t look like this, it looks like.. a super white moth! ๐Ÿ˜€ So that explains it, it’s actually a spirit! I have no idea why a spirit would hang around in such a place, there’s nothing to do there or people to haunt, what’s the point?! xD

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