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Rods, which are often linked with UFO's and other paranormal phenomenon have sparked a huge amount of interest from people in all walks of life from Paranormal Investigators to Cryptozoologists.
They are described as cylindrical shaped creatures ranging from just a few inches to over 1 metre in length, which fly through the air at tremendous speeds. They have a membrane down each side of their body, which vibrates rapidly as a method of propulsion, similar to that of a squid or Cuttlefish.
But what is really going on here? Are these rods a new type of flying insect or just a trick of the eye? I decided to try and find out.
But not everyone is convinced. As usual, there are many sceptics who have their own views on these so called rods, one of the strongest arguments they have is that these rods have never been captured nor have we ever seen a dead rod. Being a sceptic by nature myself, I think they make a very good point. I have continued to do more research into these rods and found a scientific explanation, which basically explains that it is just a trick of the camera. If an insect moves in front of the lens very fast, then it may beat its wings several times during that frame. That, combined with motion blur, creates the rod illusion.
we provide you with a few tips from Jose' Escamilla on how to capture rods on video film.
1) Adjust your video camera's shutter setting. Depending on your camera, it might be a dial with little pictures on it. Look for the sports setting. That will ensure you have a high shutter setting so each frame of video will look like a single picture without blur.
2) Point your camera at the sky. Leave something, like a tree as a frame of reference.
3) Adjust your zoom so it matches what you see with the naked eye. Don't use a wide angle, or zoom in for a close up.
4) Let the camera record for 10 minutes. Then, change angles and record for another 10 minutes.
5) Time to look at your video. Play the video at regular speed. If you see something go by, replay it at slow speed.
Originally posted by Shaved Yeti
There is an episode of Monster Hunters that pretty much debunks the idea of "rods" by using high speed cameras to show that they are just bugs, and the 4th photo you linked, i believe, was actually one of the places they went!
They were just bugs according to their high speed cameras, it was the first episode of that show anything or come to any sort of conclusion
Originally posted by FoxMulder91
People who simply say they are bugs need to dig a little deeper. Theres lots of evidence that sometimes they are something else.
[edit on 30-10-2009 by FoxMulder91]