Photographing Orbs

This is going to be my link for future posts so that the people new to this blog, and those of you who want to refresh your memory, can see what scientists Klaus Heinemann, Ph.D., and Dr. Miceal Ledwith (a theologian with a scientific interest), who co-authored the book, The Orb Project, say about orbs.

Dr. Heinemann, who received his Ph.D. in experimental physics and worked as a materials science researcher at NASA and UCLA, and as a research professor at Stanford University, thinks that orbs are the “emanations of spiritual beings” and he also says that to call them orbs is disrespectful, like calling royalty by their first names. Never mind the titles of his two books, The Orb Project, and Orbs, Their Mission and Messages of Hope (co-written with his wife Gundi Heinemann). His theory that they are emanations is likened to our seeing car lights in the dark, but the lights are not the driver.

In his books Dr. Heinemann presents data that dismisses sceptical views that orbs are simply dust particles or water molecules. He also shows a photo of an orb taken in a “clean room” a lab that is dust free. There is an interesting photo of faked orbs that is very similar to photos I’ve seen on the web where someone sprayed water into the air and called the round drops “orbs”. They make for very pretty pictures, but are too uniform compared to the clouds of orbs you can find just outside your door without all the bother of faking them. Below is a cluster of orbs that I found hovering over a bush this summer, you can see that some are round, some are colored, some are teardrop:

Dr. Miceal Ledwith has a theory that the light we see coming from orbs is due to the camera’s flash stimulating something inside the orb that makes it fluoresce back to the camera. Brilliant sunlight can sometimes have the same effect so that occasionally you’ll get orbs in your non-flash daylight photos.

Dr. Ledwith also speculated that the occasional hexagonal shape is caused by the orb’s fluorescence reaching the camera just as the shutter is beginning to close.

I have noticed that orbs respond to strong stimuli such as a singer who can really belt out a song. They also manifest around performers who are playing with great passion and enthusiasm.

Above is the Andy T Band featuring Nick Nixon who used to be an opera singer.

I encourage everyone to go on a quest for orbs. As Dr. Miceal Ledwith says, you don’t have to suffer the discomfort of looking for them on a cold night in a graveyard, they aren’t ghosts. You can just step outside and start taking flash photographs. If you live in a densely populated city like New York, you might want to go to a park, but you could also very well find them soaring over the streets like I do in downtown Bisbee, Arizona.

Flash photography extends our narrow visual range so that we can now perceive orbs, who were always there, we just needed finer tuned instrumentation to see them.

Thank you to Klaus Heinemann, Ph.D., who took the time to look at this blog, enjoyed the photos and encouraged me to continue my quest for orbs.


Halo Orbs

One of my viewers, Alika, has asked about halo orbs, so let’s take a look.

This is Sergio Mendoza whose band, Sergio Mendoza y la Orkestra, was playing at the opening of the Bisbee Royale in July 2012.  Not only did he provide a very dynamic performance, it was also the first time I found orbs in my photos.

With an image like this, one wonders if the medieval painters were merely being imaginative when it came to painting halos, or were they seeing something that we’ve missed?

The very vibrant singer in Sergio’s band.

One of the trumpet players in the Orkestra.

Here is the bass player from the band, Pick and Holler.

The bass player in Buzz and the Soul Senders.

The bass player for the Andy T Band is also attracting orb attention.

The drummer for the LA band, Incendio, looks monumental in her orbs.

A woman of intensity, Amy Goodman, of Democracy Now.

Halos, what are they? Some have thought they’re a metaphor for spiritual enlightenment, or a means to portray our auras. And, why do orbs like to halo?

For those of you who are new to this blog or would like to revisit the explanation as to what orbs are, this might be of help:

Orbs Glide Room Waiting

What happens when there is no band to excite the orbs? Just like us they continue to exist.

This stage has served many purposes. It was once the focal point for a church congregation.

The inside of the Bisbee Royale building was completely remodeled in 2011-12, but years of good vibes remain.

Long after the church sold the building it was the place for Bisbee to create theater.

You have probably been wondering about all those orbs. Are they just a result of theater lighting? This is what the stage looks like when my flash doesn’t go off. The colors are richer, the image isn’t as grainy and low contrast. If I wasn’t questing for orbs, I certainly wouldn’t be taking flash photographs.

Here is the same angle with flash. As I’ve mentioned before, Dr. Miceal Ledwith, co-author of The Orb Project, thinks that the orbs are revealed by a florescence by which the flash excites something in the orbs which makes them flash back at the camera. Brilliant sunlight can sometimes have the same effect.

But it’s night-time, and I was taking way too many flash photographs of the Andy T Band featuring Nick Nixon. Just couldn’t help myself. So, I stepped outside to break the grip of attraction and see if any orbs were on the loose in town.

I’ve shown a picture of the Bisbee Royale’s box office before, can’t remember if it was painted the last time I photographed the building. The white globe on the side really is a light bulb. However, that isn’t the moon or a star or a street lamp high up on the left.

For those of you who are new to this blog or would like to revisit the explanation as to what orbs are, this might be of help:

Orbs Gather for Andy T Band featuring Nick Nixon

I wandered into the sound check of the Andy T Band of Nashville, Tennessee this evening while questing for orbs.

Markey, the female backup singer, is already an orb enthusiast.

Friends and family of the band amused themselves playing “catch the orb” while we waited for the show to start.

Sound check had the orbs interested, but when Nick Nixon, formerly of the New Imperials, took center stage, the orbs turned up their wattage.

The band has been crisscrossing Arizona for a few weeks and are homeward bound for a day in Nashville.

They obviously enjoy working together. And their music brought out the best in orbs.

I must admit that every time I got an extra-large luminous orb in my camera I showed it off to friends in the audience. Can’t help but share the joy of orbs with each and everyone!

I gave up my rule about only one flash per song. There are too many choice moments to see how the orbs are reacting to the music.

Nick Nixon trained to sing opera when he left high school, which he had to unlearn when he took up rhythm and blues. But, man, he can really light up an orb when he lets loose with his full-bodied vocals.

To learn more about this Chicago, Texas, New Orleans, Blues, and R&B band whose hometown is in Nashville, Tennessee you can find them on Facebook listed under Andy T – Nick Nixon Band. The Andy T Band also has a website:  This will direct you to their Facebook page where you’ll get to hear some soul-stirring, wish you were there, music.

Thanks to the Andy T Band: Andy T – guitar, Nick Nixon – vocals and guitar, Larry Van Loon – keys, Bill Blois – bass, Jim Klinger – drums, Markey – backup vocals.

And, thanks to Shawnee Hicks, sound engineer for the Bisbee Royale.

For those of you who are new to this blog or would like to revisit the explanation as to what orbs are, this might be of help: