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.


Daylight Orbs

In this post I’m going to be showing several shots of this scene, just because the light orbs are so beautiful.

I posted a similar picture taken with my iPhone 4s camera in last week’s silhouette photo challenge.

These and most of the photographs in my blog posts are taken with a Canon G12.

Whether or not these are orbs of the same kind as we have seen in the night flash photos, or simply sun reflections, or a combination of both, they certainly brighten up a photograph.

Dr. Miceal Ledwith, co-author of the Orb Project, thinks that the hexagonal shaped orbs are a result of their light reflecting back at the camera lens just as the shutter is closing, thus the hexagonal aperture shape.

Looks like the orbs are approvingly interested in the renovation work.

I’ve inserted a larger image so that you can see the fainter orb on the upper left and the smaller orb on the right.

Daylight orbs? Scientists Dr. Ledwith and Klaus Heinemann, Ph.D. think it possible.

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, What are They?

During the past week I have been posting photographs of orbs without addressing the question, what are orbs? Sceptics claim that they are dust motes, water molecules, etc. Scientists such as Dr. Klaus Heinemann and Dr. Miceal Ledwith, who wrote The Orb Project, consider them to be emanations of spiritual beings which are revealed through digital flash photography.

To illustrate this essay I walked along my street and photographed my neighbors rooftops. Not every photo had orbs and some were too pale to really be seen. Sometimes there were clouds of orbs and sometimes just a few.

Dr. Miceal Ledwith thinks that orbs are revealed when “the flash’s photons stimulate the orbs to absorb the photons, convert them into electrons, and then expel them again in photons of a lower frequency when the stimulus of the flash ceases.” If you want to continue with this explanation please refer to The Orb Project, page 36.

Dr. Klaus Heinemann points out in his book Orbs Their Mission and Messages of Hope, that they have been able to photograph orbs in laboratory clean rooms which are free of airborne particles.

There is nothing wrong with simply enjoying orbs for their visual effect. Orbs don’t have to be explained to imagine that they do possess charm, mystery and even a sentience attracted to our moments of enthusiasm and heartfelt activities.

And sometimes we can imagine that they enjoy the street we live on as much as we do.

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: