Crete UFO Image
We were contacted via email a few weeks ago by a photographer in Germany who was recently in Greece on holiday. While that does sound pretty mundane,
the image file she attached to her email was anything but, at least to my "not professionally trained in digital imaging" eyes, it was the best "UFO"
image I've had emailed to me in years.
As I'm sure you can imagine, we get lots of UFO images sent to us here at AboveTopSecret.com via email. I always give those a bit more credence
because the person sending them is obviously not trying to get massive attention for their image like they would if they simply posted it here in the
ATS "Aliens and UFOs" Forum for the world to see.That typically means we're not dealing with a hoaxer looking to crank up awareness in the hope of a
That said, these images usually end up being fairly obvious birds, bugs, planes, etc.. upon basic examination by our crew, that, or, they're lonely
lights in a dark sky that could be anything.
Not this one.
When I first looked at it I was intrigued by it's strange "VW Beetle Spaceship" appearance and couldn't easily say what it was. After several email
exchanges with photographer, I felt like this was not someone trying to hoax us, as a matter of fact she has been totally forthright and cooperative
as you'll see in the ensuing posts that contain the analysis of the image.
We decided to send it to Jeff Ritzmann for further analysis and expert's opinion on what it might be, and possibly more importantly, what he believes
it is not.
That's all we can do with images, ask the professionals in the field of digital imagery to give us their best opinion. If they can't say with
confidence what it then is we bring to you, the AboveTopSecret.com membership. One of you may have seen something they/we missed, you may have seen or
photographed something similar, and, best of all, we get your
theories as to what it may be.
What follows is Jeff's report, it his professional opinion
of what the object is not
. He plainly states that he can't say what the
object is, and he doesn't try to fill in the blanks with conjecture, he offers a theory as to why he thinks
these objects appear in some
photographs but that's about it.
Finally, I can tell you that I had a friend who is pretty high up in the law enforcement computer forensics field State Bureau of Investigations
level) run the "UFO" shot through a very specialized piece of software not available to the public. This software determines, to the level accepted in
a court of law for a criminal trial, whether an image has been tampered with, this one has not
, according to that software.
So, please read Jeff's exhaustive analysis and let us know what you think of this image, this is what the AboveTopSecret "Aliens and UFOs" Forum is
To get you started, here's the report of the circumstances surrounding the shot straight from the photographer:
"On August 19 of this year (2012) my husband and I were driving towards a very beautiful beach called Balos beach, Gramvousa in Crete where we were on
a holiday break. We were driving on a long dirt road to get to the beach and because of all the holes and humps in the road we're driving really slow.
At some point during this half hour drive a hurt of goats were on the road, sort of walking with us so I started taking pictures of the situation. I
took some shots leaning out of my opened window and shot the pictures with my reflection in the mirror, the goats walking with us and the spectacular
view. At some point I got out of the car and took some more shots.
One and a half hour later, when we finally arrived on the beach after a long climb down hill it was very, very windy, almost stormy so we decided to
hide in one of the beach-cafeteria's and we scrolled through the shots on our camera to see what I photographed. This is when we first noticed there
was something in the sky on just one of the shots I took. We zoomed in on our camera screen and could not believe what we saw, such a strange shape.
We immediately started discussing possibilities to define what it could be, but had no idea.
We didn't notice anything was in the sky when I took the shot. We didn't experience anything strange. It was a warm, sunny day, but there was a strong
wind out of the Northeast. There was no sound."
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