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26-02-2011, 03:17 PM (This post was last modified: 26-02-2011 03:21 PM by Observer.)
"Ghost" pictures
I like ghost pictures. They are natural optical illusions, and I like optical illusions as well. (Our daughter’s birth announcement featured one)

There was a time I could surf the web for hours searching for ghost pictures.
The bulk of pictures are those "orbs" or "ectoplasm’s" which are mostly just dust, raindrops, gnats or camera-straps. Boring! No, I like the one's where you can clearly see faces or spectres. (I believe there is a scientific word for the mechanism that makes you associate objects with faces, but I forgot what exactly.) This one is my favourite.
[Image: tree1.jpg]


This one puzzled me for a long time. I think it’s is someone with a scarf around his/her neck walking away from the camera but I am not sure why anyone would wear a scarf on such a sunny day.
[Image: solwayfirth.jpg]

Anyway...
The human mind is so receptive for suggestion. I rarely trust my own perception at first glance and I think no one should.

Care to share your favourite ghost picture?

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26-02-2011, 07:51 PM
RE: "Ghost" pictures
Second pic didn't work. (At least not for me)

I too, really like optical illusions. That first one is great. It's amazing how the mind tells us that looks like a person with so little detail. The human brain is fucking cool!

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26-02-2011, 11:55 PM
RE: "Ghost" pictures
(26-02-2011 07:51 PM)Stark Raving Wrote:  Second pic didn't work. (At least not for me)
found a second source but it is B&W
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27-02-2011, 12:01 AM
RE: "Ghost" pictures
The in the picture with the little girl I noticed that the spaceman like object is casting no visible shadow, but the girl has a well defined shadow. I suspect a hoax.

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28-02-2011, 01:59 PM
RE: "Ghost" pictures
The word you're looking for, The Observer, is "pareidolia".

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