Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by J. Allan Danelek, author of The Case for Reincarnation, 2012: Extinction or Utopia, UFOs: The Great Debate, Atlantis: Lessons from the Lost Continent, and The Case for Ghosts.
As author of The Case for Ghosts (Llewellyn, 2006), I frequently receive photos via e-mail of alleged “spirits” for my analysis and opinion. Normally all I get are basic orb shots or filmy mists, but occasionally I receive an interesting photo that appears to show full-bodied manifestations—a few of which I’ve had difficulty explaining away as double exposures, reflections, pareidolia, or hoaxes. Recently, however, I began receiving a number of “too-good-to-be-true” spirit photos showing what appears to be the ghosts of children in the background. Feeling like I’d struck gold, I eagerly sent them off to a photo analysis expert friend of mine (who also happens to be a ghost hunter in his own right) for his assessment, only to find out they are part of an application the people at iPhone recently introduced called Ghost Capture. (It was created to promote some goofy movie called Ghosts Don’t Exist.) Of course, I was crest-fallen and not a little bit annoyed that some idiot at iPhone thought it would be a good idea to make it even easier to fake ghost photos (as though Photoshop wasn’t bad enough). As such, I’m afraid the good folks at Apple have made it even more difficult for us paranormal investigators to determine fact from fiction. Hopefully people will let Apple know what a dumb idea their new ghost capture application is; in the meantime, if anyone sends you a picture of a “ghost” they captured on their iPhone and it looks like a pretty believable ghost photo, you can thank the imaginative software engineers at Apple for muddying the waters even further than they were before. (For examples of the iPhone ghosts, visit my website at www.ourcuriousworld.com and click on my “ghosts” page.) Below is an example of iPhone “ghost” photo, sent to me by a lady in England.
Our thanks to J. Allan Danelek for his guest post! For more, read his articles: