Is it Naked Eye Phenomena

Technology or Paranormal

Evidence needs to be multiple captures on multiple sources. This orb photo is off an IR video where K2’s went off, Evp’s of music and footsteps and personal experiences happened as the orb entered the room, stopping at the died Grandma’s piano. It was one of those rare times when more than one piece of evidence was captured at the same time. Katie of APIS

Ghost and supernatural entity is something that we can't see with the naked eye, we assume that ghost exists, we just can't see them. Well, when someone takes pictures with their cameras or videos, they do capture some weird images, ghost apparitions, EVPs or even orbs. But, why can these devices capture such vivid and yet appealing image? Mr. Frodonet

Optical illusions called Entopic phenomena are effects whose source is within the eye itself cast upon the retina.

  • Floaters-lowly drifting blobs of varying size
  • Blue field entopic phenomenon has the appearance of tiny bright dots moving rapidly along squiggly lines
  • Haidinger's brush is a very subtle bowtie or hourglass shaped pattern
  • Purkinje images are the reflections you see as a dimmer image moving in the opposite direction 
  • The phenomenon phosphene is the perception of light without light actually entering the eye appears as one or more light disks crossed by dark blurry lines (the shadows of the lashes), each having fringes of spectral color through the eyelashes. phenomenon
  • Seeing things in photos or sometimes even with the naked eye, is known as matrixing or pareidolia, apophenia. Basically, it’s your brain telling your eyes what to see.  By Kelly Roncace for

Digital cameras are significantly different to film cameras in several ways. The most important point of view of paranormal photos is a hugely increased depth of field for most models, compared to film. This has given rise to such well-known phenomena as orbs and ghostly mists (often caused by the photographer's own breath on cold nights). Smoke from a cigarette can also cause the effect. 

Rods are elongated visual artifacts appearing in photographic images and video recordings and are typically afterimage trails of flying insects and their wing beats. Will-o'-the-wisp phenomena (ignis fatuus) are caused by the oxidation of phosphine (PH3), diphosphane (P2H4), and methane (CH4) produced by organic decay . The image caused by natural gases can be found as early as 1596, as mentioned in the book by Ludwig Lavater, could create the illusions of fairy lights, such as fireflies. Believed to be the result of the draining of swamplands in recent centuries.  

Classic ghost images may have happened, by accident, in this way. 

Long exposures and the use of tripods were once common when film was very slow. If a person walked into such a photo, stopped for a while and then walked off, it would produce the classic transparent ghost. In the photo, an object partially obscured the built-in flash of the camera taking the picture. The result was a strange shadow over the middle of the photo. If the photo was of a corridor, it might appear like a shadow ghost. 

Given that ghosts are reported to look like normal people, perhaps there are photos of ghosts out there right now, completely unrecognized. Or perhaps ghosts cannot be photographed. We don't really know for sure. Many of the existing photos that are thought to be ghosts fall into the 'long exposure', 'unnoticed objects' or 'mis-identification' categories. For there to be a convincing photo of a ghost we would need more evidence than just a single photo. 

Maurice Townsend 




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