Spooky surprise in Dunedin skies

A Dunedin student received a "spooky'' surprise when he took a closer look at a pair of photos he took of the Otago Harbour.

Terence Huang (25), originally from China, and two friends took the photos from the jetty at Glenfalloch late on Monday.
Mr Huang said he sat his camera on a chair to steady the shot, but paid little attention to the sky while the camera snapped about 20 photos.

It was not until yesterday morning, when he uploaded the images to his laptop, that he spotted two mysterious objects in two of the shots.

"I had a brief look at the photos last night, but it was late and cold so we went home.''

Rebecca Peng, who was with Mr Huang, said she had taken photos at the same spot before, but had "never seen anything like that''.

Mr Huang was unsure whether the objects were UFOs, but the shapes looked very similar to what he thought a UFO would look like, he said.

New Zealand Skeptics media spokesperson Vicki Hyde said that some people don't tend to bother with UFOs these days.

"Not only is it far too easy to fake something, but it is also very common for digital artefacts to be misconstrued.''

In this case she said it was most likely the latter.

"Certainly it doesn't look very solid at all, which I think supports the reflection theory.''

Mr Huang had always believed that UFOs existed, but this sighting had reassured him even more.

"Maybe in the future we will take more photos there to see if there is anything in them.''

- by Bridget Rutherford

That Greymouth Lady

sclf2005, quite right. In recent years, we've had visits from The Grey Lady, formerly Matron, who glides from DPH to Lindo Ferguson, a presence in The Halls, made peaceful by Greg Hughson, the knockabout spirit at the Castle, and Globe Theatre's stone tape replays (oi, that fella's here every night, even Monday, when there's no show). Yes, it's the light.

It's Antoine de St Exuperay

Oh, Riley, lenses? Come on now, join the metaphysicians.


They are reflections from using cheap low quailty filters (most likely a UV or "Protective filter") on your lens. You will soon learn that these are a waste of money.

Here is a link to the same thing but a lot worse: https://flic.kr/p/dQ3m1R 

The monolith of 2001 is back

This is a job for Dave Bowman and HAL 2000. It's worth a crack, Dave. Dave?


Where's Mulder and Scully when you need 'em?

Dunedin a special place

On 17/1/2011, I was walking from Unipol Gym (behind Hocken Library) towards Commerce Building at Clyde Street. I was with another friend then. We walked across Anzac Avenue and through  the lane behind College of Education. It was around 9pm on a summer day. I captured some photos along the Leith River because the day after rain was very peaceful. On the next day, I discovered strange beings in my photos as well. I have shown it to some of my colleagues. They all rejected my opinion that those objects were supernatural... Well, I still believe Dunedin is a very special place. [Abridged]

More likely

More likely they are simple  reflections in the lens (from some local light), distorted by a long exposure on a wobbly hand held camera (shaped like the same distortion in every other light in the same image).

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