any ideas what would cause this sphere in these photos?

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Simon, Nov 27, 2003.

  1. Simon

    Simon Guest

    Hi folks,

    Sorry if this is in the wrong place but I want some help with 2 photos
    to see what might cause this affect.

    On each of these photos there is a blue and white sphere and I'd like to
    know if anyone knows what might cause it. This person took loads of
    photos but it's only on these 2 photos that this sphere has appeared.

    In a section of my site people send me photos of strange things and I'm
    not sure what caused it. Both photos sent to me are poor quality so
    apologies in advance.
    Simon, Nov 27, 2003
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    Birk Binnard Guest

    It looks like the sphere is in the same place on both images, but is a
    different size in each picture. This suggests to me it was a water drop on
    the outside of a zoom lens.
    Birk Binnard, Nov 27, 2003
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  3. They're aliens, Simon. See the thread on hail to read all about it.
    Phil Stripling, Nov 27, 2003
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    Mark Herring Guest

    Nope---NOT in the same place

    But I agree that they look like water drops. dust on the CCD would
    not look like that
    Mark Herring, Pasadena, Calif.
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    Mark Herring, Nov 27, 2003
  5. I remember being as dumbfounded about a year ago when I got my first digital
    camera. The spheres are caused by particles in the air (smoke, fog, water,
    dust, pollen) reflecting the flash.

    Juan R. Pollo, Nov 27, 2003
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    Crownfield Guest

    they are not in exactly the same position in each shot.

    there seem to be other blurred out of focus spots.
    Crownfield, Nov 27, 2003
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    Crownfield Guest

    why would digital do it and not film?
    Crownfield, Nov 27, 2003
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    Mister Max Guest

    Because the flash is closer to the lens on a small digital camera.
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    Mister Max, Nov 27, 2003
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    K2 Guest

    Send that first one to right away! The
    ghostlike form in the lower right is scary. Actually, it looks to have
    been taken with a film camera and heat or something damaged the print
    or negative. Or they added digital junk after scanning it?
    Looking at that second shot, which required a lot of brightening on my
    monitor, it's in roughly the same spot as the anomaly in pic1.jpg.
    Something might be defective in the camera-back, marring the film.

    K2, Nov 29, 2003
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    K2 Guest

    I don't think those were taken with a digital camera. They have the
    hallmarks of corrupted film negatives or prints. The non-uniform
    specks are a giveaway. Hot pixels aren't that ragged and dust on a
    digital sensor makes for dark spots, not light. There is some evidence
    of film grain, too.

    K2, Nov 29, 2003
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    K2 Guest

    If you want to get Rorschachian, it looks to me like the ghostly shape
    of a skirted pellet fired at medium velocity against a hard steel

    K2, Nov 29, 2003
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    Larry Lynch Guest

    I have several DOZEN photos with the same kind of "spheres".. They all
    were taken during/after a thunderstorm.

    Seems a few droplets had hit the lens and dried, leaving behind a
    Larry Lynch, Nov 29, 2003
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    K2 Guest

    You mean on the lens filter glass? If it was right on the lens surface
    it wouldn't have that much detail, and would probably just appear as a
    hazy area.

    K2, Nov 29, 2003
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    Donald Gray Guest

    In that, why have I never experienced this with my Canon EOS5 film
    camera using the built in speed flash? It is at a very similar offset
    to a digicam (or at least ny Nikon 5700)
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    Donald Gray, Nov 29, 2003
  15. OK, you guys wanna get technical, this is what they really are

    "Ever since crop circles have appeared, anomalous light effects, allegedly
    related to the crop circle phenomenon, have been reported by many eye
    witnesses. The vast number of accounts, plus an abundant amount of
    photographic and in particular video material seem to prove the existence of
    crop-circle related ‘Balls of Light’, known as BOLs, sometimes simply
    referred to as light orbs, or - for reasons unclear to the author - plasma

    Read the whole story at

    Juan R. Pollo, Dec 2, 2003
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