reply to post by gort51
>To be honest, I dont think Polaroid cameras were even available in Australia in 1966, especially not colour ones I would think.
I got my B&W Polariod camera in 1971/72 and it was a big deal then. Colour ones were expensive and rare, at that time....so 1966???
Regular colour film was expensive in Oz, particularly the developing, most people used B&W for point and shoot.<
I was having the same problem as you, researching it at the time didn't help much either, however our memories of an era are influenced by our
financial perspective at the time, the witness was a businessman (engineering from memory) was he able to travel overseas or buy from overseas?
The Polacolor pack film came out in 1963 not quite as easy to use as the filmpack for your camera and how soon was it here in Australia I don't
For you and I it depended on how much you really wanted something, how much you were willing to go after it, work extra for to sacrifice even, but if
money wasn't a problem you bought the latest of whatever because you could.
The carpenter states he stood shoulder to shoulder watching the photo develope straight after it was taken, (because so much of what the witness and
carpenter states doesn't tally.) I looked else where.
However Bill Chalker confirmed it was a Polariod, Vufors checked the colour polariod and an enlarged copy for tampering.
That's where I've left it.
>Like the Weber barbeque Kettle, the US had them in the late 50s early 60s, Australia really didnt get them until around the early 70s...we liked the
traditional oven or hotplate bbq. We didnt get Colour TV until 1974/5.<
That's right when I went overseas in the early 70s I was surprised at far behind we were in technology we were so isolated back then.
>This photo looks to me like a regular Instamatic turned on its side, for a long shot.<
The photo is a copy, I made a stand mounted a camera with macro you zoom right down "into the photo" focus on the detail you wanted, making sure you
don't have any boarders in the frame, if you wanted to you could take the photo at right angle to the original and having it developed you could
achieve an image like that. (just stating there are other ways of achieving the same outcome)
>Who knows if its real?<
I know it's not, I have spent a couple of posts explaining just that, what I can't understand apart from the fact that you can't have an image of
the house/roof line or any image on the side of an object unless the object is down at ground level and only feet from the house and camera/observer
it seems folk just don't grasp what I'm saying or don't really want to know .
Okay, forget the image on the object for a moment just looking at the photo it's proportionally wrong you can easily find out the dimensions of the
chimney and use that to gauge how far away the object is, GOING ON WHAT THE WITNESS HAS STATED that it was about 30 to 35 ft in diameter.(which its
not) if that was the case I can tell you folks it would be no where near his property somebody else way down the road would be reporting it.
>Only the photographer....is he/she still alive?<
I've never met the man there's some one with the same name in a suburb next to Balwyn.
>Around the Westall time and location is an interesting conundrum tho.<
Only that some witnesses blended the two together in their memory of the Westall event and Ufologist/Researchers love using it to give Westall some
sort of credibility even though they think its bit sus.
Westall IMO should stand or fall by itself.
Just a few incidentals.
It is not exactly a clear sky as claimed, the object is not emitting any light of it's own and the daylight is diffused due to a high altitude
overcast sky as to not be able to cause the object to even glint in the sunlight, as to lighting up the yard I think not.
The carpenter and the witness claim they heard a sound like a sonic boom, folks you can't have a personal "Sonic Boom," as the witness claims a 30
to 35 ft object punching it way through the atmosphere at a high velocity would rattle windows from suburb to suburb those folk in its wake would have
been ringing the authorities and the media, no mention of it anywhere.
Vufors/Ufologist don't mention any other witness reporting seeing the same object on the day over Balwyn (and that height the witness claims you've
got to be kidding me) and believe me they would have dearly love to be able too.
This is my only assumption, I think April fools day inspired a practical joke be it a belated joke it got out of hand there was no going back.
Cheers gort51 got to get lunch.