OK, onto 09...
There's a bit of interesting stuff in this one... but I'm afraid it's most interesting in what it points towards - and that
For the record the first parts of this ongoing 'analysis', covering the '07 video are
The one covering '08 is here.
The '09 video I used was found here
Off we go:
Video time - 2009/5/13 2:19am
The footage commences with that same 'notched' object again, as usual, heavily underexposed on the now obligatory featureless background.
Interestingly, this footage appears to have been taken on a TRIPOD! Sadly, it is still quite shaky, and he is clearly using the tele-extender, so the
quality is still poor. Further, it seems he does not realise that as long as he is holding the camera, he is wobbling the camera/tripod about. This
is obviously a flimsy tripod - a camera like the GL1 needs something solid, especially when it is heavily unbalanced by a large add-on lens. Funnily
enough, he would probably have been far better off using a small bean bag on top of a car roof or similar...
Anyway, the object is very obviously a perfect match for its previous appearances in the notched form, as shown by this little snap:
It shows a still from 09 overlaid on one from 07 - while the lighting is different (see other comments about lights shining through trees, etc..) the
object is obviously a match.
At 0:22 Yalman again adjust the exposure down (you can hear the detents clicking as he does this). Always dimmer... Perhaps Yalman only found out
how to adjust the aperture, not the shutter speed? Seems strange, as he found out about manual exposure - just not how to use it properly, or
perhaps how to use it to hide stuff
... If you are thinking there may not be enough light - see my comments further down, when he gives the game
away when he includes the Moon...
One more comment, at about 0:50, the images have the 'slurred' effect that indicates he may have Image Stabilisation (IS) turned on. Many
manufacturers recommend that you turn IS off when using a tripod, but given the shakiness of this tripod, it is difficult to tell if that is helping
Just for the record, the best image quailty so far seems to be at about 1:21 - he seems to have fluked the focus.. But it is still quite low
resolution, and no useful edge detail exists. The 'aliens'
are still just a small blurry blob - they don't even appear to be holding rayguns!!
Yalman, inexplicably, keeps playing with the exposure, constantly dimming and brightening the image. I felt the strong urge to slap his hand away and
tell him to stop playing with it!
Video time - 2009/5/13 3:57am
Since the last effort, he has now abandoned the tripod. He has also abandoned the focus control it seems - the footage from 1:36 to 2:00 is uselessly
out of focus.
At 2:03, he has zoomed the image to ridiculous levels (both digital and tele-extender in use) and attempted to focus it a little, but the image is
simply dreadful! There are huge swathes of chromatic aberration (CA) - pretty colours, but completely devoid of useful detail. The image is shaking
uncontrollably (he's turned IS OFF, now that he needs
it..) This whole sequence is just useless amorphous shapes, and is probably the worst
Video time - 2009/5/15 4:59am
Another change of scene, and again we see the object in its un-notched form, but with the similar edge details/lighting as in 07 and 08. Again, no
tripod, no IS, shaky, underexposed, no background detail, no transition, the usual downwards adjustment of exposure...
Video time - 2009/5/15 5:20am
At last - something new!! 4 little flickering lights in a curve... And it seems that there is a little light around, as dawn approaches, perhaps?
Now first up - *is this supposed to be the same object?* We don't see any transition (are you surprised?). As far as I know Yalman hasn't even
claimed it is the same. It doesn't LOOK the same, and this overlay strongly suggests that:
there is simply no correlation in either shape or size - even if you change the sizes dramatically from what is presumably the same (maximum)
magnification for each - it just doesn't match
. The lights are MUCH smaller and a completely different shape. These are obviously NOT
the same object. If claimed otherwise, where is the footage showing the change from one to the other???? As further evidence, the lights are
consistent with them being at least a few kilometres distant, being filmed through a lot of atmosphere (a misty morning
over water will also contribute greatly).. And yet this effect has not been seen on ANY of the other objects!!!
One would have to suggest that
the other objects are either much nearer, or are not over water. OR BOTH. In summary - there is NOTHING similar about the two different types of
At 3:17, yalman zooms back and you can see the efefctive aperture of the lens increases (ie it lets in more light), so we can now see the water, and
what appears to be the horizon (which could however simply be a mist rolling in).
At 3:35, he zooms right back. The lens 'vignettes' (the image becomes a circle with black borders). This shows us several things:
1. He is using a tele-extender lens to increase the focal length. Canon does NOT recommend such lenses as they reduce resolution and cause other
unwanted effects like chromatic aberration, as mentioned above..
2. The lens is not matched to the camera (if it was, it would not show those black borders and have to be even larger than it already is).
3. The lens is probably a 1.5x or 2.0x, judging by the amount of vignetting, but that is just an educated guess.
4. Note that the circle is significantly offset - uncentred. That suggests that the extender is poorly mounted (duck tape?
), or that the camera is
poorly constructed or perhaps damaged. To be honest, this isn't that unusual, but it does suggest that the lens and sensor are not going be giving
their best, perhaps explaining some of the fuzziness.
At 3:48, Yalman pans across to show another bright light in the sky, higher this time. It looks like an aircraft, but he doesn't hold it in a steady
image long enough to tell if it is moving.
As a side issue, note that at 3:52, there is a dark object floating/swimming/whatever in the water...
Think about that in regard to the dog's behavior later...
He zooms into the light a bit, but doesn't manage to focus on it before there is ANOTHER cut in the footage. Sigh.
Video time - 2009/5/15 5:27am
Just six minutes have elapsed, and now we suddenly cut to a zoomed in image of the four lights again. As he zooms back, we see Yalman's (?) dog
barking at the water, vaguely in the direction of the lights, but also roughly in the direction where the dark object was - although for some reason,
Yalman doesn't zoom back enough for us to verify where he is now standing. The footage clearly indicates that there is a lot of mist/cloud/pollution
in the air.
What happened in those six minutes, I wonder??
Video time - 2009/5/15 5:32am
More footage of the four lights, a bit brighter. The footage clearly indicates that there is a lot of mist/cloud/pollution in the air. The dog is no
longer barking, but the lights are still there...
TO BE CONTINUED BELOW...