As any photographer knows, nightime flash photography can be tricky and often yields some pretty unpredictable results, particularly if there are environmental factors affecting the shoot that the photographer is unaware of. One such factor that has come to light in recent years with the introduction of digital cameras is the appearance of mysterious round spots within the images which have become known as "Orbs".
Orb images in photographs are the subject of much speculation in paranormal research. Since dust particles or any other kinds of small, airborne particles-too close to a camera lens during flash-can create these mysterious, round images, skeptics and debunkers are perfectly content to conclude that this is all orb images can be. After all, a flash is required to even get orb images. Some of the objects that are known to cause orb images in photographs include, dust particles, mold, pollen, precipitation- such as rain, snow and drizzle. But, this totally overlooks the fact that people often report seeing-with their own eyes-actual physical orbs floating around them in locations relatively free of dust and other particles-often during paranormal experiences. These orbs are similar in appearance to the orb images typically caught in photographs. They appear in a variety of colors just like in photographs.
I personally shot two non-flash photos showing three very faint orb images in the air. What adds credibility to these orbs as being authentic is the fact that, on this particular occasion, I shot the same outdoor scene from two slightly different locations showing the three objects being over the same spot of ground and not on the exact same spot of the camera lens in both pictures and, just as important, no flash occurred. Therefore, these could not have been faint spots or smudges on the camera lens. Whatever they were, they were extremely faint to still show up only vaguely after long exposures of approximately thirty seconds. Incidentally, the two shots were made in a cemetery at night.
I know of no conventional explanations for orb images from non-flash photography except in the case of lens flares-created when a strong light is shining into the camera lens from an angle. And, most lens flares do not look similar to orb images, in general.
No one has proven beyond doubt why digital cameras pick up orb images much more readily than old-style film cameras. Many orb researchers theorize that true orbs are generally invisible because they radiate energies more in the infrared part of the spectrum and not in the visible light regions that humans can see. Many claim that digital cameras see not only visible light but pick up images into the Near Infrared frequencies, as well-just outside the human range. When orbs are briefly visible, it could be because something is getting them excited enough to radiate energy at higher wavelengths causing them to show up as round forms of light in various colors-depending on their exact frequencies.
In many ET encounter reports, individuals claim that they see actual orbs floating in front of them that suddenly turn into alien beings. Sometimes, the beings turn into orbs just before departing the scene, according to some experiencers.
In cases of supernatural encounters, haunted locations sometimes will produce an orb rather than a full-bodied ghost apparition. Some think that orbs are spirits of deceased human beings. Others feel that real orbs could be actual beings of a kind very foreign to us humans.
I feel that orbs could also be not only portals but portholes from which other beings could observe life on Earth, undetected, without generating any undue influence due to their presence being known. Orbs could be many things-for all we know.
Orbs could very well be made of plasma-a fourth state of matter entirely recognized by the science community. The sun, itself, is made of plasma. A flame from a matchstick is made of plasma. Interestingly, plasma does not necessarily have to be hot in temperature. Plasma reacts to magnetic fields and has very weird characteristics for matter and is-not surprisingly-the subject of ongoing research.
Sometimes orb images appear streaked. This is apparently from movement during the picture taking process. However, this does not mean that the image is that of an authentic orb. It simply indicates that, whatever the object might be, it was moving across the camera view fairly rapidly. This would be "apparent movement" to the camera.
Photographic orb images are not always simple, round forms. Sometimes, they are seen with parts missing. Sometimes, they appear to be multisided-possibly having to do with the particular camera lens being used. Often, they contain a pattern of lines.
One of the most interesting observations I have been able to make, photographically, is the disproportionately higher number of orb images around power lines than any other locations. It is as if real orbs are attracted to power sources. Perhaps they feed on the energy to become stronger. Often, the brightest orbs in a multi-orb photograph occur only at or near power lines. It is difficult to overlook this observation.
It is easy to create orb photos. Simply take a flash camera, preferably digital, and make dust in front of the camera lens. Or take pictures in the rain where the drops can fall within inches of the camera flash source. Or, take a spray bottle and spray a fine mist in front of the camera while shooting the picture. If using manual settings, you will find that orb images do not show up with short exposure
times. I found that shooting at a relatively long 1/30th second works best with my cameras. A 1/60th second exposure can work but not as often.
Orb images are not restricted to still photos. They have been seen on video tape, as well. In most cases, the camera's infrared night-vision feature must be used to detect these elusive objects.
Regardless of circumstances, any photographic orb image could simply be a particle too close to the camera flash. But just because small particles are present does not mean a real orb could not be in the photograph. Coming up with a plausible explanation is circumstantial evidence, at best, and does not constitute proof of anything. Maybe orbs are present but invisible everywhere we look. Perhaps, the presence of raindrops, for example, agitate them enough to sometimes show up among raindrops or dust particles and such. Perhaps some of the images are real orbs and the rest just ordinary airborne particles.
So, what are orbs? Nobody really knows. But they are quite interesting.