It's every single paranormal investigators dream to capture, every homeowners unwanted visitor, and every child's nightmare. The FBA. The full bodied apparition.
|Overlooking the area in question.|
That is, until you're taking a photo leisurely, just to show family and friends, by blindly flashing your camera into the dark. You're not serious about the photo, just clicking in the dark, waiting to set up for an investigation. No intentions of capturing anything paranormal, and BOOM! It happens.
|This shot also shows the area in question, moments before|
the photo in question was taken. Nothing dark hanging on any bunks.
When Jim sent me this photo, I admit. I stared at it, turned my head a little and tried to make sense of what was happening in the photo. Of course, the first thing I asked was who was in the room with him. Jim explains the situation as, "Everyone had moved on to the surgery wing of the Infirmary and I turned back once everyone was in the surgery room to take a photo of Sick Bay so I could show Shannon (Shannon is his wife) what it looks like" Jim assures me that he scans the room and no one else is present at the time except for 1 person who is sitting to his left on a bunk. I can vouch for the people in attendance on our team, which are in the Surgery room. Everyone is accounted for.
Jim is my teammate, I trust him. I know he is honest. Trust and honesty are something that keeps teams like ours afloat (no pun intended), but I also know the general public doesn't know Jim from Adam. To ask the general public to TRUST us based on our "word", just isn't good enough.
As a team, we understand that when we make a claim about something that is allegedly paranormal, the burden of proof falls in our hands. This is one of those cases where we are not able to do this. It's a PAINFUL lesson of swallowing our pride, and pointing out what when wrong with this scenario.
A couple things happened here:
We are in the underbelly of the ship, no one has seriously started investigating the Infirmary section of the ship just yet, but we have all moved into the Surgery wing. While this photo in question is being taken, we are taking personal photos of the ship with cellphones, which is exactly what Jim was doing. There is absolutely 0 cell phone reception in this area of the ship, as most areas are down there. There has been no notable EMF spikes from cellphone reception, because there is none. Jim IS taking a photo with his cell phone for this photo. At a $150 per ticket there's no doubt we are photographing everything.
We have examined the EXIF data to ensure nothing has been modified in this photo. We can provide that data to anyone in question of the integrity of digital photo data. (available upon request)
|Image Exif Data||Value|
|Date||02/23/2014 01:24 AM|
|Exposure Time||1/15 sec.|
|Aperture Value||2.76 EV|
|Focal Length||3.7.0 mm|
|Exposure Program||aperture priority|
|Metering Mode||center weighted average|
|Flash Status||flash fired|
|Shutter Speed Value||998/256|
Here is where we really lose ground on determining whats happening in our photo here.
- Cellphone photography- This is generally not used for evidence simply because of the ability of faking things can happen so easily. In the day in age of ghost apps, we know how easily photos can be maipulated. Having been a Paracon we were admittedly relaxed in our photo taking, in between EVP sessions and such. While in investigation mode, we were however very strict in tagging as we would in any investigation. Photography on the other hand is just too "iffy" and its not something we generally rely on heavily while investigating, at least not with cellphones nor flash photography.
- Scene control- On standard investigations, we are in control of our "scene". We know where everyone is and it is thoroughly documented. Paracons are difficult for this. We are touring with people who don't normally investigate, or don't follow our protocol. In this case all we have is a personal experience and 1 persons detailed account of events. While the rest of our team can vouch that what Jim is saying is true, due to the nature of the situation and moving in between areas of the ship, and lack of DVR footage, we have no way to prove this to the general public. This poses a huge problem. If we can't prove our claim, we have nothing.
- Angles- We have no other angle in this moment of time. The following photos that come after are not at quite the same angle unfortunately. This one detail, even if we had every other detail in line (whether it be a professional photography camera, infrared, or cellphone, and even our DVR system), we have nothing to compare this photograph to in that exact moment. Protocol while on scene is 3 photos per space that are identical for comparison. This makes this a closed case. We cannot use this photo as evidence.
- NEVER GO ALONE- In this case our member had moved on without us. Grant it this is one of those situations that he was not in danger, it was only a few doors down. But this left him alone to experience this on his own without any eye witness. At least with groups of two, there are extra eyes and ears to observe. A personal experience is easier to validate with two experiencers, rather than just 1.
- Supporting Evidence- No emf spikes. No Evp. The only thing we can vouch for, is this area of the ship for us sensitives is very heavy. How do you put a hunch or feeling into tangible form? We can't in this case.
I'm proud to say that given the situation of the event, our team did an excellent job of keeping up with our surroundings. This is a hiccup that no doubt made us all facepalm alittle. It seems in the exact moment of us being off guard, the inevitable happened. I've had many seasoned investigators tell me this is exactly when my moment will happen; right when I'm not looking for it.
- BE ON TASK AT ALL TIMES.
- FOLLOW PROTOCOL DESPITE: WHO, WHEN, HOW AND WHERE. THINGS WILL HAPPEN NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE WITH, WHETHER YOU ARE READY OR NOT, AND IT WILL HAPPEN BETWEEN TRAVELING TO LOCATIONS OF INVESTIGATION.
- USE EQUIPMENT THAT YOU CAN VOUCH AT ALL TIMES, WHETHER IN BETWEEN LOCATIONS OR NOT.
- TAKE MINIMUM OF 3 SHOTS. THE SLIGHTEST MOVEMENT CAN EFFECT THE DYNAMIC OF A PHOTO DRAMATICALLY.
- KEEP VIDEO ROLLING TO PROVE YOUR SURROUNDINGS AND PEOPLE IN ATTENDANCE.
- MANUALLY VERBALIZE WHERE ALL MEMBERS OF YOU GROUP ARE. *NO ONE GOES ALONE*
And here it is for you to scrutinzed or awe over....our own personal, Holy Fail of paranormal photography: The Unidentified Sick Bay Buddy.
WE DO NOT CLAIM THIS PHOTO TO BE PARANORMAL IN NATURE, IT IS SIMPLY UNEXPLAINED AND INTENDED FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES.
|Without prompting what do you see on the right hand side of this frame? The left hand side shows an obstruction of the camera lens, a finger. This is not what it is in question.|
|The second angle, slightly off. Once again the brightness on the left is an obstruction of the lens.|
This is NOT paranormal.