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originally posted by: hhott
a reply to: Drunkenparrot
I asked my friend about it and she said she had rolled the window down before taking the picture, so it shouldn't be a reflection. Thank you for the reply.
originally posted by: DrZrD
a reply to: hhott
A luminescence analysis of the first image finds that red, green, and blue channels are all saturated at 255 (maximum for an 8 bit image) within the object as shown below.
The identical result is found in the second image at a closer separation.
An Emboss transform performed on the second image shows that every pixel of every color is saturated within the object.
It is NOT a reflection artifact from the camera flash. The EXIF data for both images indicates that the camera flash did not fire.
It is NOT an insect. The object shape is very similar in both images and remains at the same location in both images. The first image is shot at a shutter speed of 1/800 sec and the second at 1/250 sec 54 seconds later from a different camera position. If it was a bug, surely it would have moved or changed shape between frames with "stop-action" shutter speeds.
IMO, it is most likely NOT a diffuse reflection from some unknown white material. The object area is 3 times smaller in the first image compared to the second yet even with similar exposure settings (f/5.9 1/800 @ ISO-400 v.s. f/5.9 1/250 @ ISO-100) the object is 100% saturated in both images. Possible, but not likely, that a modern camera auto-exposure algorithm could be in error by 1.5 f-stops.
It is my experience that this is not a new phenomena. Over the years others experiencing atypical events sometimes post photographs to ATS that contain similar highly saturated objects.
Unfortunately, without more data, we can only speculate on true nature of this object.