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Re: Are These UFOs?

From: Nick Balaskas <nikolaos.nul>
Date: Sat, 26 Feb 2011 13:52:13 -0500
Archived: Sun, 27 Feb 2011 08:21:48 -0500
Subject: Re: Are These UFOs?

>From: Roy Hale <roy.nul>
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul>
>Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2011 12:39:21 -0000
>Subject: Are These UFOs?

>The photographer who took this picture has contacted one of my
>colleagues in the hope that some light can be shed on this
>mystery photograph that has been taken by himself.

>You can find the photograph here:


>The photograph displays some unexplained lights on the picture
>both from left to right, there are around two or three objects
>in this picture that look odd.

>Bill is a professional photographer so please bare that in mind
>when arriving at your decision! Please check out his work via
>the same site link.


Greetings Roy, Everyone,

As an experienced "UFO specialist" and amateur photographer, I
would like to share my thoughts on the suspected UFOs in Bill's

Lens flare artifacts in photographic still images and even
motion pictures that were taken at night or under very low light
conditions are not uncommon and unavoidable with the particular
camera used, even in photos taken by professional photographers.

The bright elongated round spot or UFO on the left side of the
picture has two curved trails forming a closed ellipse while
while the two other bright but much more elongated spots or UFOs
on the right side of the picture have similar but much more open
trails. From their appearance and symmetrical considerations
alone and the fact that these three spots or UFOs line up in a
straight line with two faint star-like spots or UFOs near the
center of the picture, we can reasonable conclude that this is
where the optical axis would be in the cropped picture.

The other faint short parallel streaks of light in the night sky
are stars as they would appear in long exposed photo.

Lens flares artifacts in pictures are produced by bright light
sources within or just outside the frame of the actual photo.
Although there were no lights from cars or any other moving
light sources when the long exposure photo was taken, there were
nearby bright lights present near the photographer when the
photo was taken. From the brightness of the walls of the two
buildings and the sharp and distinct shadows on them, we can see
that there was a very bright light source to the left and
slightly above of the photographer (possibly a street light) and
another less bright light source (another more distant street
light?) behind and to the right of the photographer.

The actual locations of the fixed bright light sources relative
to the direction the camera was pointing when the photo was taken
is critical. These suspected lens flares would look different in
appearance in other pictures taken at this place but more likely
they would be absent altogether. This would explain why Bill did
not see diffused spots or UFOs on his other pictures.

Nick Balaskas

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