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Re: Whittlesea Australia UFO Photograph - Shough

From: Martin Shough <mshough.nul>
Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2004 21:13:10 -0000
Fwd Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2004 08:56:02 -0500
Subject: Re: Whittlesea Australia UFO Photograph - Shough

>From: Larry Hatch <larryhatch.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Sun, 08 Feb 2004 16:29:17 -0800
>Subject: Re: Whittlesea Australia UFO Photograph

>>From: Don Ledger <dledger.nul>
>>To:  ufoupdates.nul
>>Date: Sat, 07 Feb 2004 13:35:02 -0400
>>Subject: Re: Whittlesea Australia UFO Photograph

Whether the photographer's companion saw it _is_ a real issue.
Whether anyone on the passing train saw it is a real issue. The
answer appears to be "no" in both cases. It isn't impossible that
no-one saw a supersonic or hypersonic discoid several times the
angular diameter of the moon hurtling over the landscape. But
neither is it impossible that nobody paid any attention to a
bird, either. Either way it is a material issue.

>To my untrained eye, and allowing for the cautions Dan made
>regarding altered colors, it looks more and more like a flying
>insect (note the wings) and less like the domed saucer shape I
>thought I had made out earlier.

>What it doesn't look like (to me) is a bird.

To me it _still_ does look like a bird. The 'buglike' shape is
possibly due to the motion blur. Birds flap their wings
relatively slowly; insects rapidly.

I would expect the motion blur due to the bulk displacement of
an insect during the exposure to be much smaller than the motion
blur of its wings due to the rapid rate of oscillation. In this
case it appears that the opposite is the case.

Dan Bright's image shows a large blurred bulk which you have to
remember represents the _movement_ of the object during the
1/250 sec exposure, not the physical shape of the object itself.

The wings on the other hand are stopped with very little
vertical oscillation during the exposure. You can see this
clearly on the wing which is pointed more or less straight at
the camera and makes a thin bright highlight.

This suggests that the wing is beating slowly relative to the
lateral bulk motion of the object, which in turn suggests (to
me) the aerodynamic lift of a bird rather than a bug. If you see
the dark area below and to the rear as a motion-blurred image of
the shadow on the underside of the body you can separate this
from the lighter dorsal region of the body immediately behind
the wings, which of course are very foreshortened due to the

Martin Shough

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