Jeff Ritzmann's Report pg.1:
Submitted to me (Jeff Ritzmann) by Mark Allin of www.abovetopsecret.com on August 29th at 4:37pmET, via email. I was sent low resolution
photos of the Unidentified Object (UO) in question, in enlargements and cropped, and a low resolution shot of the entire frame in question
"IMG_3137" from the camera of witness "SHOOTER".
I asked for direct from camera shots, both of the UO shot and the previous and preceding photos. "SHOOTER" was completely open and forthcoming with
the full gambit of her camera's files, and never once delayed nor made excuses for not providing every requirement I asked for. Mark Allin put me in
direct contact with "SHOOTER" through email on August 31st at 5pmET.
"SHOOTER" related that she was on a vacation trip with her husband, and they were driving in a remote area of Greece. While slowing down to
photograph some goats, in one photo only out of multiples, she captured a single image of an unknown object in the sky. "SHOOTER" did not see the
object at the time of photographing the scene, and has related to me she noticed nothing whatsoever unusual during this time. The weather was quite
windy, spotted with clouds, yet relatively clear, with a temperature of approximately 86 degrees. The object appears in no other photo, including the
one preceding it which was taken 5 seconds earlier than the UO shot. The next frame shot after the UO photo was some minutes later and obviously at
another vantage point from the "goat series".
See fig. EXIF_UO.jpg
which indicates that the image is un-tampered with by way of image editing programs. I see no obvious evidence that the
EXIF data has been altered.
Object and Characteristics
The object at cursory glance with no processing appears to be a lopsided disc. A partially domed left side which quickly slopes convexly to the right,
terminating in a relatively sharp point. Once the object is taken into a LAB color mode, (separating the image into a "lightness", and "A channel"
and a "B channel") channel A was run through an auto levels filter in Photoshop CS3. This greatly sharpens contrast and gives the viewer deeper
information into the makeup of the photo through channel specific data.
See: fig. LAB.jpg
which shows the object cropped with these procedures executed. Of note is that the UO is not lopsided, but is comprised of an even dome top.
Overlaying a symmetrical arc on the object shows the object does indeed have symmetry.
Also of note is the underside "edge" of the domed object, which appears to have a definitive edge and a seemingly flat or convex underside (with
some sort of structural protuberances which will be addressed later in this report)
Overall, the object does exhibit atmospheric haze one would expect to see in a solid object of some distance away - note the existing weather and
atmospheric effects in the rest of the photo. The UO appears for all intent and purposes to this examiner as highly reflective, and "chrome-like",
as it appears to be reflecting it's surrounding environment. However, the darkest areas are effected by atmospheric haze which soften this
"chromic" effect. While the reflective quality seems quite prominent, it would be even more so without the hazing environmental effects of
Shows the common symmetry of the UO itself. Each outer edge shows a flat area, angled on each side. Each side's angle holds symmetry with it's
opposite edge. In other words, the angular elements are mirror images of each other. I cannot ascribe this to coincidence or "happy accident", and
it does seem to be structure rather than some asperous random blob. The "dome" top also shows symmetry and evenness equal to it's angular
counterparts on the outer left and right edges.
The angle of reflection and highlight on the UO match sun location at the time of shooting. This is not only evidenced by the light and shadow of
stationary objects, but in this case it's extremely helpful to have shadows cast by goats in the foreground. The object shows all the appropriate
hallmarks of an object reflecting light off a domed surface in the correct places. It also exhibits the correct shadows and lowlight reflections for
an object of high reflectivity.
Without the ability to travel to the location and do specific measurements of stationary objects to compare with focal lengths and other triangulation
points, I cannot determine the distance of the object. However, it's level of atmospheric haze indicates to me it is of some distance away and of
substantial size (perhaps even the legendary 40ft diameter is not out of the question).