Ghost Photographs & Pictures
Ghost photography is the capture of unexplainable anomalies by a camera to produce
ghost pictures or video. Photographing ghosts can be difficult and sometimes, frustrating; especially when one is trying to capture a paranormal experience for the first
time in picture.
The sheer volume of ghost pictures being photographed around the world may be the best evidence
yet of ghosts. Ghost pictures are often verification of personal experiences with ghosts for many people. Yet,
some ghost pictures are easily explained away through non-paranormal phenomena. On this page, we have provided some
links to false ghost pictures as an example of what to look for. Also be sure and read: Ghost Pictures & Exif Data to understand how a digital camera may sometimes produce false results and how we can learn what is happening with
Let’s investigate what real ghost pictures are versus spirit pictures.
Even though ghost photography is often referred to as
“spirit photography” or “spiritography,”
true ghost photography should not be readily confused with thought photography, psychic photography, or the spirit photographs of spiritualists from around
100 hundred years ago. Many were tricksters who would hold séances for money, and fake various spiritual
experiences for their paying customers. Often times, they would create double-exposure photographs of ghosts posing with them,
etc., to “prove” their own spiritual abilities. Investigators unmasked these so-called “spirit mediums,”
revealing many of their "manifestations" and “spirit pictures” to be nothing more than parlor tricks
and good sleight-of-hand.
A camera at any given time may capture a ghost in picture. Ghosts have been captured
on instant, Polaroid film, 35mm film, infrared film and by digital memory.
Today, most ghost pictures are being
captured by digital camera, as it gives the picture taker instant results and can be uploaded to a computer for more detailed
viewing of the ghost pictures taken. Some traditional ghost hunters still prefer the 35mm camera, as the digital versions
seem to pick up more dust orbs than their forerunner. If you choose to use 35mm cameras, it may be nice to use two cameras
for comparison: one with infrared, high speed film, and the other with ordinary ASA 400 high speed film (both in black &
white). Paranormal phenomena that is invisible to the naked eye will appear on the infra red film only; and the image
will not be on the regular ASA 400 film. Of course, infrared film is tricky to handle and store. This requires
an experienced photographer, and is the primary reason most ghost hunters will use digital cameras over their 35mm predecessors.
Anomalies In Ghost Pictures
Orbs – round spheres of light in ghost pictures that can be caused by flash reflection off of reflective surfaces,
dust,glass, insects, pollen, moisture, snow, rain, hair, and lens flare. Of course, many believe
that some orbs are “spirit…maybe
even the souls of people. They have also been captured in movement with a vapor trail; and have also been photographed
with super-bright (often orange) energy – called “super-charged orbs.” Orbs caused by flash reflection will
often have a “halo” or spokes radiating out from the center of it; which is usually just dust orbs. You can eliminate some, though. Read: Get Rid Of Dust Orbs in Ghost Pictures
Ectoplasm – smoke-like, fog in ghost pictures
that is not usually visible to the naked eye, but appears in the ghost picture. Many believe this to be “spirit”
captured in picture. Of course, it is possible for cigarette smoke, fog or even breath from the photographer to create
false ectoplasm pictures. So, one must be aware
of this when taking ghost pictures - especially in cold weather.
Vortexes (vortices) – “funnel-shaped” energy in
ghost pictures, usually encompassed or comprised of ectoplasm (mist). Some believe this to perhaps be a portal or opening
between the spiritual and physical worlds. Others believe these to be nothing more than the camera strap having been
accidentally photographed. Many times a camera strap gets into the photograph by
accident and looks similar.
Dark Shadows - Black ectoplasm mist in ghost pictures also called shadow people by some. These have been
witnessed moving and even dancing around rooms and could indicate the condition of the person's soul as darkness (lack of
understanding - lost). We have found through Kathy Owen, that a finger accidentally placed across the flash unit will
also create false shadow ghost pictures.
Apparitions – the Holy Grail of ghost pictures;
capturing a full-bodied spirit in a “see-through” human form. These are rare, and some ghost hunters maintain
they are not possible to capture, but just a Hollywood movie version of what a ghost looks like. Indeed, it is possible
to create false apparition ghost pictures by lengthening the time the
shutter remains open or shooting into glass and creating a glass apparition false ghost
photograph. Be sure and read Slow Shutter Speed Apparitions!
Super-Charged Energy - streaks of "lightning-looking" anomalies in ghost pictures. Some super-charged energy
is mistakenly created by the digital camera flash settings; others by hair in front of the lens. View: False Supercharged Energy
Anthropomorphizing - also known as " matrixing." To give human attributes to inanimate things. Some faces in ghost photos are ghostly, while others
are not. View and read about: Anthropomorphizing
|Antietam 145th Anniversay Reenactment
|Loudin Heights, VA
THis picture was takeN at the 145th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam Reenactment.
On the left is Charley Slagel, rebel and friend of the unit. On the right is Don Aston. IN April of
2008 we lost Don, a dear friend and mentor, and our commander. He was a great man in an age of few, he made
all our lives richer by being part of them. He was the 45th PA and made the unit what it is today. Birney's division
has lost a true soldier and leader.
He will be missed.
|GHOST SOLDIERS OF ANTIETAM
THIS PICTURE WAS TAKEN AT ANTIETAM
AND SHOWS A COMPANY OF MEN IN WAIT BY THE ROAD. THE MONUMENT YOU SEE IS MODERN. THE MEN ARE NOT. USED BY
PERMISSION OF WILMER MUMMA, WHOSE FAMILY'S FARM WAS BURNED DURING THE BATTLE. I MET WILMER IN 2000 AND I ENJOYED VISITNG
HIM OFTEN. HE TOLD ME STORIES OF REBELS WHO CAME BACK FOR AN ANNIVERSARY WHEN HE WAS A CHILD AND HOW HE WOULD SPEND
HOURS TAKING TO THEM. HE PASSED A FEW YEARS LATER AND WAS ONE OF THE LAST LIVING LINKS TO THE CIVIL WAR THAT I KNEW.
I STIL VISIT HIM AT HIS FAMILY HOME ON THE ANTIETAM BATTLEFIELD.
|LITTLE DRUMMER BOY AT BURNSIDES BRIDGE
THIS PHOTO SHOWS WHAT APPEARS TO BE A LITTLE DRUMMER BOY. IT WAS TAKEN NEAR
BURNSIDES BRIDGE AND WILMER USED IT IN HIS BOOK; "GHOSTS OF ANTIETAM", WHICH IS OUT OF PRINT AND A RARE FIND!
|MR. LINCOLN VISITS THE TROOPS
| BEDFORD VILLAGE 2009
CIVIL WAR SOLDIERS HAD IT TOUGH. BUT A VISIT FROM THEIR
PRESIDENT WAS A REAL TREAT. MR. LINCOLN VISITS COMPANY K OF THE 45TH PENNSYLVANIA VOLUNTEER INFANTRY, BIRNEY'S
DIVISON,9TH CORPS, ARMY OF THE POTMAC AT BEDFORD VILLAGE.
|GIANT ORB- LACKAWANNA COAL MINE
DEEP UNDERGROUND WHERE THERE ARE NO INSECTS, I TOOK THIS WITH A OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA.
I WASN'T EXPECTING ANYTHING BUT GOT THIS AND ANOTHER SHOT OF 2 ORBS NEAR A COAL CAR. WHEN WE DID EVPS, WE FOUND THAT
INDEED A MINER HAD BEEN KILLED AND TRAPPED THERE 50 YEARS AGO!
|courtesy of realghostpictues.net
GHOSTS CAN LOOK DIFFERENT IN PICTURES. HERE IS A CLASSIC WHITE GHOST WHO LOOKS
LIKE A PERSON. THE GUY IN THE CAR WEARING A HAT IS SITTING IN THE PASSENGER SEAT AND WAS NOT THERE WHEN TAKEN.
THERE IS A REASON CEMETERYS ARE
NOT HAUNTED. GHOSTS NEED ENERGY
TO SURVIVE. THEY GO FOR BOTH PHYSICAL AND EMOTINAL ENERGY. THEY CAN
TAKE IT FROM PEOPLE AND VERY POSSIBLY ELECTRICAL DEVICES LIKE BATTERIES! SOME THEORIES SAY THAT THEY CAN ONLY INTERRUPT THE
BATTERY, BUT I DO NOT AGREE. I HAVE HAD BATTERIES GO FROM FULL TO EMPTY IN A MATTER OF MOMENTS. WHEN I LEAVE THE
AREA, THE BATTERY COMES BACK, BUT NOT QUITE AT FULL STRENGHT. IN THE UNIVERSE, ENERGY HAS TO GO SOMEWHERE, SO I BELIEVE
THAT GHOSTS CAN USE ELECTRICAL ENERGY. WE HAVE ACTUALLY HAD A SPIRIT TELL US THAT WE FED HIM WITH OUT ENERGY. SO REMEMBER,
ALTHOUGH IT IS POSSIBLE FOR GHOSTS TO EXIST IN A CEMETERY, IT IS NOT LIKELY THAT YOU WILL FIND ONE THERE!
|ORBS IN A CHAPEL
|PHOTO BY PAT MCCORMACK
ORBS ARE ONE WAY TO MANIFEST. THE CIRCLE
BEING A PERFECT FORM TO HOLD ENERGY AND
IS THE ONLY THING THAT CAN TRAVEL
THRU OBLJECTS AND TIME.
HERE AT A SMALL
CHAPEL YOU CAN SEE WHAT LOOKS LIKE ONE
ORB, BUT IF YOU ENLARGE THE PICTURE, YOU
WILL SEE MANY ORBS SITTING IN THE PEWS!
THE GHOST PICTURE ABOVE WAS TAKEN
IN 1929 AND SO IT HAS BEEN AROUND
FOR YEARS AND
IS NOT A FAKE. TO SEE MORE PICTURES GO TO:
ECTOPLASM CAN LOOK LIKE SMOKE