"Light" Phenomena

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Alterations in Ambient Light

Ambient light in room has become orangey & sections
of photo appear doubled.

Over the years we have noticed a few fairly consistent alterations in overall ambient light in Robbert's photographs (and sometimes in mine also) when an episode of photo anomalies begins. At first we noticed that the overall color in photos taken inside his home would appear markedly yellow or orangey in tone, although the walls are mostly white throughout the house. Also a soft "fuzzed" or out-of-focus effect regularly occurs, sometimes associated with what looks like a double-exposure in only some sections of the photograph.

Ambient light color has taken on a yellowish hue (not actually present).
A whole series of photo anomalies occurred immediately following this shot.

Multiple distortions, including yellow light and fuzzing or doubling of most of image,
except for arm of chair closest to the camera. (Photo: N. Talbott)

We sometimes see this alteration in ambient-light color in association with either the "smoke" material or light-balls—or both—and these photo abnormalities always precede a whole series of abnormal images, often evolving into much more dramatic aberrations.

"Smoke," light-balls, poor focus & yellowing along left side of photo.
(Photo: N. Talbott)

Light stripes (from ceiling chandelier apparently), BOLs and yellowing of light
in kitchen—and strange figure in doorway.

In the last 2 years we have begun to see another sort of ambient light alteration occurring regularly, again always preceding and/or interspersed with other anomalies. In these instances there is a darkening of the real ambient light -- and it occurs in photos taken both inside Robbert's home and in the fields.

Following are a few photos from a long series taken in Robbert's living room one night in March, 2008. Instead of becoming more yellow or amber, the ambient light appears much darker than it really was.

First photo in series shows light in room to be only slightly darker
than actual lighting. Flash went off on all photos in this series.

A few shots later (in spite of chandelier being on & light from camera's
flash) ambient room light now appears much darker than it really is.

In next photo ambient light is very dark; Nancy is sitting on sofa & a
light tube has appeared directly in front of her.

A light tube now appears to be aimed directly at Nancy, who is still sitting
on the sofa. Camera's flash, again, did fire.

Very next shot shows room with actual lighting, accented by camera flash --
but many light balls now present.

This & several more shots still very dark but contain bright light tubes crossed
directly in front of Nancy (light tubes not visible to Robbert or Nancy).

There are also numerous instances of these light balls/light tubes occuring when there are no lights on in the room at all….photos in which the only possible light source is the camera flash.

Multiple light balls/light tubes—with no lights on in room. Ambient light, however,
is darker than it should be with flash activated.

Light tubes are sometimes colored, usually in pink tones; note corner of
sofa & other room details highlighted by light tube.

Double-Exposure Effect

A photograph taken in 1991 in a field in England was the first example I had seen of what looked like a partial double exposure at a crop circle site. John Holman, using a 35 mm film camera, had taken a photo of a group of people standing inside a crop formation at West Woods in which the top center section of the print—that containing the crop circle itself and the people inside it—appeared to be a double exposure.

West Woods, Wiltshire (UK) 1991, with an apparent double-exposure of
top-center portion of photo only. (Photo: John Holman, 35mm film)

The tree-line behind the field in this section is clearly printed twice, one line of trees above the other. The extreme left and right sides of the field and tree-line, and the lower section closest to the camera, however, are in focus and appear normal.

Upon closer examination it was clear that not only was this center section of the print (that containing the crop circle itself) duplicated, it was also evident that the group of people standing inside the formation was also replicated—but the people seem to have moved. An analysis of the photo by J. Marshall Dudley revealed what he determined to be both a "time and space" anomaly, clearly affecting only this center section of the photograph—that containing the crop circle and the people inside it. For details of Dudley's analysis see:

In the photos below, taken by Robbert with my Pentax digital camera during my 2004 visit to Holland, a whole series of shots show a similar "doubling" effect in parts of the image--although nothing I can see to indicate a "time" anomaly. In the 2nd and 3rd photos (below) it almost looks as if the pink-striped comforter and pillow cover are "reflected" somehow in the air above the couch.

I had the "flu" for the first several days of this visit and remember that, night after night, Robbert repeatedly took whole series of anomalous photos which were interspersed with other groups of perfectly normal shots. During this time-period the bizarre photographs always contained a yellowish or orangey overall ambient color, but the normal shots (all taken with the same Pentax) did not.

Natural room light has become yellowish & everything but the lower right corner
of photo appears to be doubled.

Pink striped comforter seems to be "reflected" above the couch.

Striped comforter is duplicated in upper left corner & white "tube" has appeared.

Light Streaks

Sometimes, particularly several years ago when we first noticed the yellowish or orangey ambient light coloration beginning to occur, subsequent photos would contain light streaks. Sometimes there were only a few fairly delicate streaks, in others there were many, both delicate and bold—but in the majority of these photos there was no light source in the room which seems to be able to account for the streaks.

Room is totally dark—what is the light source for the streaks?
And why are they orange?

"Smoke" and streaks, again with no apparent light source.

Table lamp behind Robbert (beyond left of photo) is on—
but not included in frame.

Yellowing of ambient light & parts of photo out-of-focus;
ceiling chandelier is on, but considerably out of frame on right.

Table lamp behind Robbert is on, the wall sconce is not.
Chandelier over coffee table is on, but is considerably
out of the frame, to the right.

Chandelier is on, but why is entire image fuzzed & yellowed, & what is source of
white light-tube which is in front of chandelier streaks?

Attempts to Replicate Light Streak Photos

A BLT consultant who holds advanced degrees from MIT in electrical engineering and solid-state physics and who has considerable experience with both film and digital photographic analysis has examined some of Robbert's strange photos for BLT. His efforts have been geared toward demonstrating how some of these photos could be reproduced.

Using a digital camera in "slow synchro" mode (which keeps the lens open for at least one to two seconds) he aimed it in the direction of a street light outside his home. The slow synchro mode causes unlit objects in front of the camera to be "frozen" when the flash eventually goes off but--because the street light is bright enough to cause internal reflections in the camera's optics--the single street light produces multiple "ghost" images in the photos.

Light streak replication attempt using camera's "slow synchro" mode.
And why are they orange?
(Photo: BLT Analyst)

In these examples our analyst has deliberately moved the camera around in the air during the second or so that the shutter has remained open prior to the flash going off, thus producing the apparent movement of the light. And because the filament in the simulated gas street lamp is flashing about 120 times per second, the light streaks produced by the movement of the camera appear to be segmented.

Replication of light streaks created by bright light source and deliberate camera
movement while in "Slow Syncho" mode.
(Photo: BLT Analyst)

Our photographic consultant was also able to create marked yellowing of the ambient light color and much fatter light rings in another trial. Again using the "slow synchro" mode on his digital camera, he focused on the ceiling light in his kitchen and then rapidly moved the camera around in the air to create the images. The second photo, below, looks a lot like some taken by Robbert out in a crop circle field at night (shown farther on in this report)—but, again, the conditions necessary to create our consultant's images were not present when Robbert, using my Pentax, produced similar photos.

Fat light rings & yellowing of ambient room light occur when our photographic analyst aims at ceiling light and rotates digital camera in "slow synchro" mode.
(Photo: BLT Analyst)

It is helpful to understand how some of Robbert's photo anomalies could be approximated (so far, our analyst's duplication attempts have not actually reproduced Robbert's anomalies). Knowing how similar effects might be created has allowed me to compare the conditions required by the analyst to Robbert's actual behavior--what I have seen Robbert do, and not do.

It is a simple fact that the conditions outlined by our photo analyst as being required to create his photographs are not the conditons which existed while Robbert took the majority of images presented in this report:

    1. Robbert is using my Pentax & it is always in the "auto" mode;
    2. Pentax has a "night portrait" mode, but it must be set manually;
    3. Robbert does not aim (in most cases) at any light source;
    4. Robbert does not move the camera around in the air.

The "night portrait" function on the Pentax will, if acvitated, cause the lens to stay open for a second or two prior to the flash going off. But in order to activate this function the "mode" button on the back of the camera must be pushed and then "night portrait" chosen from several options. And, once chosen, a half-moon symbol appears on the LED screen--which will stay there until the option is manually reversed. It takes several seconds to make this change and it also requires good light in which to do it, because the buttons are very small and the display of the various options hard to see.

There are several other facts that must be taken into consideration. Robbert cannot read English—the settings on my Pentax are in English. The only times he has had access to my camera have been when I have handed it to him and have then stood right with him while he used it. During the time periods when he has been taking most of the photos presented here I have been quite close to him, and watching.

Also, l have viewed each batch of photos taken by Robbert immediately after he stops shooting and have never seen the "night portrait" symbol on the screen as we scroll back through however many images he has just taken.

I realize that, other than Robbert, I am the only person in the world who can attest to these facts regarding these particular photographs—since in most instances only he and I were present. But there are many other people now who have been present on other occasions and witnessed the same or similar events and, in time, their testimony will also surface.

One of the more interesting results of these photographic trials is that they may provide a real clue as to both the type, and actual presence, of this "energy" Robbert regularly says is present. As the Pentax "Operating Manual" clearly states, the camera "may not function correctly" in situations where strong "magnetic fields" or "electromagnetic radiation" is present. Perhaps it's time to seriously consider Robbert's consistent reports in this regard—and begin asking whether this unknown force could be affecting the operation of, or the settings on, the camera?

Perhaps Robbert is also accurately reporting the fact that this "energy" is directed through him from an external presence? If his intuition is correct in this regard, it would make sense that the anomalous images occur primarily when the camera is in Robbert's hands. And if such an unknown energy is present, is it possible that the camera settings can revert back to "auto" mode or that the LED display is itself affected?

As we continue with more of Robbert's photos these questions seem more and more reasonable….and assaults upon his character or purpose more and more as irrational and emotional responses, combined quite possibly with an inability or unwillingness to see, much less ask, relevant questions.

Segmented White Anomalies

More angular white anomaly in conjunction
with orange streak.

Another series of strange images include the presence of a more angular, sometimes racheted, often fairly dense white-colored anomaly which usually occurs in conjunction with the yellow-to-orange ambient light change and light streaks. Often there is what looks to be partial double-exposure and/or superimposition of other parts of the hou se in these photos.

One night a whole series of close-up photos of Nancy showed these dense
white swaths in front of or near her head.

On another visit some of the white areas appear segmented & one section of
photo appears to be super-imposed.

As is often the case, the light anomalies become very
complex when Robbert aims the camera at himself.


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