There are many types of ghosts, ‘The Woman in White’, is usually seen wearing a white, long flowing white dress, she is also pale of skin, her hair may have some pigment left. This is the description given of many ghosts, so how do you know its a woman in white? What is a woman in white?
She appears selectively, known to be a death omen or warning… It’s best to heed that warning to prevent death. The woman in white is a ghost with a specific mode of operating, born, or rather died in circumstances that create this legend.
The first time I came in contact with the legend of the woman in white was through Supernatural (TV show, Pilot Episode, 2005- current) and the lady had a number of tragic factors in her life that lead directly or indirectly to her death. One of those factors was being cheated on by her husband. The Woman in White is usually seen in rural settings. She is seen by the demograph of people that she targets or tests. These people usually relate in part to her creation. Failure of the test can be fatal or incredibly scary. For example in the Supernatural pilot episode the woman in white tempts men who are in are in relationships and if they’re unfaithful she kills them. These women have been seen all over the world and the core elements are the same. They have lost or been betrayed by their partner.
Tale tells we have some in Gippsland, and that’s not including the story of the white woman.
Have you seen a Woman in White? Would you tell us about her?
Photo gallery of woman in white
Japanese White Woman – Yukionna
Firstly becareful: Whilst most poltergeists appear mischevious it’s best to get professional intervention as soon as possible, priest, church leader, medium, spiritual healer. Some people have successfully negotiated to live peacefully with poltergeists.
The term poltergeist is a German word literally meaning noisy ghost. Not all people who deal with poltergeists consider it a ghost, as it rarely forms an apparition, and may not be a spirit of a loved one who’s passed. A poltergeist is rarely caught on film as though they’re using energy on
affecting the natural environment over being visible. There are shadows or distortions on some that look more authentic.
I’ve been told stories of things going thump while nothing is disturbed through to water running down walls, and other poltergeist symptoms in between. Commonly attributed poltergeist activity is on a still night windows rattle, doors slam or things open or move with no reason.
Levitation is attributed to poltergeists made famous through the “Einfield Poltergeist” , where two police saw an arm chair levitate, the looked for wires, magnets and every other thing they could think of and couldn’t find a reason, however couldn’t proceed with an investigation as no laws were being broken. Many ghost hunters visited the house and the girls sometimes played pranks on them however they also were unable to explain the other symptoms. They saw things moving on their own, like the girls mother who was in the girls room the night the dresser moved across the room blocking the door. The mother ran to it, it rammed into at first and then she pushed it back in place.
Skeptics believed the children were playing pranks, however too many people had consistently inexplicable experiences in the house the house is considered truly haunted.
Here’s a playlist of poltergeist clips from YouTube:
Poltergeists seem to mostly be mischievous, but it is serious and you should seek some form of help. As one of the theories about poltergeists absorb energy, so use less energy, keep calm and seek help. However lately a lot of footage is collecting with pushy ghosts. Literally on CCTV people are falling over and there is no or some distortion and they fall as though pushed.
There has been very few reported symptoms of hauntings in those areas although some are hotels and it may not be good business to accept the signs. Also it would be difficult to know if it is a ghost someone brought in or if it was one that always was there or a haunted object.
Do you have any theories why pushy ghosts are cropping up or are all these fakes and people really good at falling?
How to take legitimate ghost photos:
Need to find a location that is reportedly haunted or a person who experiences a lot of paranormal activity.
Ghosts are drawn to some people and animals so having other subjects in the frame is a good idea.
Try to avoid, windy, dusty or wet conditions as they can cause orbs.
Use the right settings for the conditions, for example if taking photos at night, use night settings. Low light will cause blurry photos and if there is something there it will forever be in question due to the bad camera work.
Putting the camera on something sturdy is a good idea too, to avoid blurry shots from the photographer shaking.
Tie back your hair if you have long hair, it can float in front of the camera and cause pictures to come out differently.
Avoid reflective surfaces.
How to take artistic ghost shots
That look like ghost photos (although let people know, they’re easily debunked)
Here are the photos in chronological order from the ghost tour held in Yallourn North on the 13th of March 2015. There is some description with the photos. Please discuss them, and you can share them, please don’t remove the writing.
If you click on the first picture, you can click through all of them at the size I uploaded them. Instead of scrolling down this page.
Let me know what you think!
See photos from February’s ghost tour
Also the difference between ghost tours and ghost hunts
Step one: Be skeptical. It’s hard but it’s for the best, and it helps build credibility.
Second step – look at the photos on the computer, try not to zoom in your phone as the screen is smaller and you may see something, that you won’t be able to stop seeing it, however, it may just be pixels and light. The phenomenon where we create meaning out of random stimulus is called pareidolia. This doesn’t mean that there isn’t such a thing as ghosts, they can be captured on film, but that’s not always the way they reveal themselves. Scents and sounds can’t be photographed although sounds may appear on a video.
The story behind the picture is a little important, however it is noted most full apparitions (that look like a person) aren’t experienced by the person taking the photograph or other subjects until later. It takes a lot of energy for the apparition to appear there is little else it can do, as we’ll explore when we look at the ‘pushy-ghost’ phenomenon or poltergeists they only appear as a blur on the footage, as though the energy is directed into affecting the natural world.
There are ways to check that photos haven’t been edited through programs such as http://www.symantec.com/business/support/index?page=content&id=TECH106828 and image edit software, that can breakdown the metadata of a photo.
Check shutter speed, and aperture. This is especially important as with a long exposure, and the subject not staying in the frame can cause them to appear opaque, it’s important to check the settings through the metadata (which is also available through image editing software).
Natural elements can cause ghost/spirit/orb phenomenon make sure you eliminate these reasons first:
– shiny or reflective surfaces (this is because this is kind of how lenses work, through mirrors and reflective surfaces)
– Hair wafting into the lense
– Smoke from off the camera
A little knowledge of some photographic principles:
Lens Flare is caused by light from outside the photo bouncing around the internal mechanism (including lenses) captured by the film or digital sensor.
Light from an outside light source, the angle and pinpointing light sources can help determine if it’s a lens flare, along with the angle.
Examples of lens flare:
Blurry photos are a result of low light, either increase the shutter speed or add flash or external light source. Be careful if you have a blurry photo saying there is something supernatural in it as it can be easily dismissed. This can also result from the photographer shaking. A lot of ghost photos are in clear photos with the only distortion as the apparition.
Low resolution results in pixelation or noise which looks like static over the picture.
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If you missed it, I’ve been looking for feedback on some ‘ghost or not’ photos. This was a competition and Tabfoundry was charged with randomly selecting a winner. Congratulations to the winner Teagan C.
There was a mixed range of responses from my readers. I, thank-you all so much for your respectful responses, and of-course the pictures are still open to interpretation, but let me go through what I’ve analysed in relation to a whole range of information and research into ghost photos, are you ready to begin this journey with me? Well keep reading.
Firstly, what are the characteristics that determine a ghost captured on film vs a spirit, orb or other entity.
Ghosts are generally a carbon copy of the person as they were when they were alive. So, this includes things like height, build all being evident in some way, even if it’s a shadowy figure, there is at least height if no features. Ghosts can appear as solidly as a real person, on camera and in person.
This is one of the best examples of a ghost capture I’ve seen:
One thing I was told early on that water is purifier and it’s harder for ghosts to come through. So, while it might be a dark and stormy night outside, its not generally where the ghosts are. I’m still interested in learning more about water wraiths and other paranormal events that people have experienced in the water.
There doesn’t seem to be a distinction of dimension on the photos I have like there is in the photograph on the left. If you compare these photos to others, you can see a clear distinction between the background and the ghost, even from the photos that have shadow people.
I also spoke to Karl Pfeiffer, it was on the day that darn dress trended and his comment made me think he could decipher a photo or two. Checking his profile after our conversation, I really had hit the trifecta. He is a photographer, ghost hunter and loves all things eerie. The conversation can be seen below. Karl, explained it’s where humans see patterns that are familiar to them out of random stimulus, it’s easier to find patterns on photos when you zoom in on them. I remember the photo was highly zoomed in, when I first saw the face. It was easy to see the face when I viewed on the laptop as I had seen it before, however other friends I sent it too couldn’t see the face.
Below are pictures of orbs, captured by Roy Pullin.
When I asked him about the picture, he said he wanted to see the area, which I’ve done but appears at the moment he’s on holidays but I’d love for him to comment back about potential entities, spirits and orbs in our photos.
Some more spirit/orb photos
In conclusion, I have to say the photos from ghost or not, aren’t trophy ghost photos. While these may be spirits trying to communicate it’s more likely they’re patterns in the rock,light and raindrops that form the pattern of a face, in the light of the camera. We’ll keep trying, ghosts are everywhere. I’ll post a blog with some tips on how to get a good capture.
More ghost pictures:
I also think locations, such as the “road to nowhere” may have more success, Halls Bay (Fernlea Road), try North Road still, the lights dimmed as we walked past that could just be the globes going on the street lights but without a lantern (it’s hard when it’s a toss up between light or dry) that night leading the way I sure noticed. Without intruding on private land I’d also recommend trying Quarry Road. Other options I was told was Haunted Hills Road, near the cemetery and the corner of Haunted Hills and Bill Shultz road. Again a lot of spirits and ghosts aren’t stuck in a particular area.
I’d love to hear from local photographers – do you keep your “ruined” photos?
As always thanks so much for all your feedback and conversations, its heaps of fun. You can keep the conversation going on Facebook or here, I read all the comments. (I do verify and approve all comments that aren’t spam – the website is just over 3 months old and I’ve been inundated with spam).
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