posted on Aug, 4 2011 @ 12:37 PM
It seems to me we've made some real progress here. We've now got the EXIF data. We know the camera. We have some comparison shots. We know the time
is probably accurate. That's progress! I'm of the opinion that the OP is NOT deceptive at all, and that nothing has been altered, photoshopped, or
set up. I think he may have jumped to a hopeful conclusion and that he didn't really have sufficient context starting out. OP is not an official
Ghost Hunter and he might not understand the protocols some of us would have used under these circumstances to document the case. He's also not on
site, so he can't just go get more data all that easily when requested. It would be nice to know more, but OP does not have custody of the camera,
so it cannot be done.
I suspect what has happened is that the camera was set on the floor "live" and it took a couple of pictures. It was in a stationary position, which
explains the equal backgrounds. I do not think the pictures were taken intentionally. Think about the angle. It makes no sense at all. If you WERE
tracking game (human or otherwise) you wouldn't point the lens at such an odd angle. You would instead set up so the camera had a broad sweep. In the
examples we've seen, the camera was pointed at a salt lick. If you were tracking coyotes, you'd point the camera at their most likely location,
focusing on the ground and about two feet of altitude.
If the camera were handheld with someone actually tripping the shutter, the two pictures would not be exact. That's impossible. Also, they would be
horizontal or tilted vertical, but still squared away instead of this odd angle. I find it difficult to believe this camera was being used to document
the estate, but it's not impossible.
My conclusion is that this was an honest effort, but there is no ghost, nor does there have to be.