I started ghost hunting about 10 years ago, long before it became a fad and long before I ever saw any TV shows on the subject. I guess I’m what you would call a skeptical believer. I believe in the paranormal, but I am also skeptical of what the camera may catch. Working with groups in paranormal teams can be difficult when people disagree on whether or not something can be explained by the physical world. I have an open mind to orbs and their possibilities of being spirit forms, but as a photographer, I also know that dust and water molecules can be the cause of what some consider paranormal orbs.
Here are some examples of photos of orbs that I’ve taken over the years.
Orbs from old battle area
Native American battle zone orbs
I should explain that I initially started doing photography in cemeteries, not to ghost hunt, but to do a theme on death. But when I got this photo – my very first apparition in a cemetery – I didn’t want to stop. And yes, this freaked me out.
This was a photo I took when I first started using digital cameras and didn’t know what I was doing. I’d go home, quickly look through the photos, and resize everything. Bad idea! Keeping the original size would have solved a lot of issues with some of these weird pictures. In this photo I saw what I thought to be a family. I definitely see a little girl wearing a pink dress and holding a doll. I saw some other faces, too. I lost a lot of sleep when I saw this, because I was pretty freaked out.
Zoomed, outlined - to the far right is the little girl with doll
This has to be one of the strangest shots of whatever this is I’ve ever taken. No one can explain it. As usual, I was taking random photos in an old graveyard. I spotted something odd when I was going through the photos. I really have no explanation for it.
Zoomed & outlined
Again, I am open minded to skepticism. I took this photo on another ghost tour in Daytona Beach years ago. Upon zooming in, I noticed what appeared to be a man wearing a white jacket standing in front of a shop. I considered the fact that it could have been a reflection of someone, but there wasn’t anyone there when I looked back at other photos taken at the same time. He also appears to be standing in the grass. I am also open to the possibility that the store had a jacket on display and the rest is made up by the eye. What do you think?
Where to look...
This is a perfect example of why I’m open minded to orbs. I shot the first photo and immediately after in the same spot, a friend shot the second. Note the difference between the two. These are the things that cannot be explained. There was no smoke, no wind, no sudden visible mist. The camera caught everything.
These photos were taken at a location that is supposedly haunted by a mistress of Al Capone.
Paranormal Mist & Orbs
This is something I highly suggest to avoid doing. This took place about 10 years ago. At first I thought it was a spot on my lens, but as you can see the black spot actually moved around the board and changed shape. I’ve never seen anything like it before, and I haven’t seen anything like it since.And I don’t care to.
Black Mass on Ouija Board
Black Mass on Ouija
Black Mass on Oiuja
Either before or after this “session”, this photo was taken. Look in the upper right where I put a red circle. There’s a huge white orb on the person’s shoulder.
I took this photo on a ghost tour in Daytona Beach in 2002. I was using a Sony Cybershot point and shoot camera, which was my first digital, so I didn’t know what I was doing. I was just randomly pointing and shooting, and when I got home I made the stupid mistake of resizing my photos. It wasn’t until about a week later that I started adjusting the contrast of the photos that I noticed there was a man standing on a hill by a fence. I was a little freaked out at first, but a certified paranormal investigator had verified that it was definitely an apparition. The last photo is zoomed and very pixelated, but it’s obvious to me what it is.
Daytona Ghost - brightened, circled
Daytona Ghost - zoomed
First, I have to say that I did not take this photo. I acquired it when I was in the army and things were being thrown away. This photo was taken by a staff photographer on a film camera, and I was told that it’s for real, that it was not manipulated. There were a lot of ghost stories about Fort Sheridan, but this photo is proof that some of them may have had some truth behind them.
Fort Sheridan Ghost