So there I was...
Trying to photograph the sunset and freezing my ears off... I've got to get a hat or some ear muffs... a high and tight is just too cold for winter,
not that I can grow my hair out due to the nerosies being in the army instilled...
Anyways... there I was... bored by an unspectacular sunset that didn't get that special glow I was hoping for.. so I turned my camera around and
caught this photo...
I took several and I will show some more in a second.
I've been seeing a lot of these "UFO's" on ATS recently... even in some threads that make it to the front page. And as a pro-amature photographer it
kinda makes me sad and upset...
This is a well known photographic effect and NOT a ufo
... let me illustrate with my next photo... which is NOT a ufo swarm, but
it sure helps illustrate what is really going on...
This is lens flare and it is produced by the way the
inner optics of the lens work
All but the simplest cameras contain lenses which are actually comprised of several "lens elements." Lens flare is caused by non-image light which
does not pass (refract) directly along its intended path, but instead reflects internally on lens elements any number of times (back and forth) before
finally reaching the film or digital sensor.
Although flare is technically caused by internal reflections, this often requires very intense light sources in order to become significant (relative
to refracted light). Flare-inducing light sources may include the sun, artificial lighting and even a full moon. Even if the photo itself contains no
intense light sources, stray light may still enter the lens if it hits the front element.
I included the source of my flare in my photo for illustration purposes... but just because you can't see it doesn't mean the source is not there.
I want to see a good photo of a UFO, I really, really would. But we need to be aware of these type of effects so we don't go jumping to UFO every time
we see them.
I really don't understand the psychology of those who try to pose these photos as real.
All it does is muddy the waters for those interested.
ETA for those overly upset by the title:
Did I capture a UFO in the park? No... no I did not. I captured lens flare. And this explains why many people who later "find they captured a UFO"
didn't see it at the time...
edit on 18-12-2011 by pianopraze because: emphasis
edit on 18-12-2011 by pianopraze because: over-clarification
Edited title to clearly represent what the topic is about.
edit on December 19th 2011 by greeneyedleo because: (no reason given)