Now, before I start this let me make it clear that I am talking about the most common photographic anomalies captured on ghost hunts. I do realize that there is natural "energy orbs, a phenomena that exists and has scientific explanations. True energy orbs would be a whole other article in itself. But I am going to discuss the most common “orb” seen in most photos.
- Orb - a sphere or spherical object.
- Orbs were basically non-existent or (very rare at best) before the 1990’s, however the first photographs were taken in the early 1800’s, so why the lack of orb photography for nearly 200 years?
- Digital cameras became available in the mid 1990’s.
- In the 1990’s, the Gallup Poll News Service statistics state that there was a significant increase in the belief of ghosts and other paranormal related ideas. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghost)
- Depth of field. (Photography feature: the total focused area in front of and behind an object held in the focus of a camera or lens - Encarta® World English Dictionary) The digital camera has a larger depth of field than a standard 35mm as well as a sharper lens. At this point you are a few ingredients short of an orb photograph.