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Spirit images in light reflected by moving water


Andres Ramos

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1. Basic principles of used technique

This was the first experiment I did with NTC 2 years ago. I noticed that the light of the sun, reflected by the tiny waves on the surface of a lake gave some kind of "light pumping" process. I focused the digital camera in my smartphone on this sport of light that was permanently oscillating between bright light and darkness due to the motion of the waves. After taking a short movie of some seconds I disassembled the movie into single frames by using the app  Grabi. Then I analyzed every frame. After a while I noticed that every time the light went from brightness to darkness something showed up that appeared to be faces or face-like structures.

 

2. Some examples

To give you an impression of what the effect looks like I put some simple examples here.

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I used moderate post processing with a standard image editor (irfanview), enhanced the contrast, regulated the brightness down and did some sharpening.

 

3. Faces in water

In these experiments I could catch some fairly good images that showed more face-like properties and some even had a personal characteristic.

This face looks a bit like the head of a robot.

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A distorted face of someone looking at you.

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This man immediately reminded me of Lenin! 

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One of the best images I could get. It shares some similarities with Friedrich Jurgenson. However this might be wishful thinking.

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Basically this is the same "setup" used when you are taking shots from agitated water in a bowl, the bowl is just bigger and the agitation is done by wind.

 

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