09-15-2015 02:10 PM
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  1. Tumultus's Avatar
    Yesterday while out shopping, I took 2 pictures with my S6. I wanted to see how well it handles light with and without HDR in auto mode, so, I pointed it directly towards the sun. The first picture was set to HDR OFF and, as expected, it turned out a bit darker. The second one was with HDR ON and I took it merely 2, 3 seconds after the first; all I did in between was to turn on HDR.

    I didn't think much about the pictures until I came home and took a look at them. I was surprised to see the moon right up there with the sun since we're currently in a NEW MOON cycle. I took a look at the 2nd picture and the moon; ... things got even more weird! The moon had descended quite a bit. Now it really got mysterious and I zoomed in on the moon. To my surprise, I saw bright markings on it and it seemed like it not only descended but also had been rotated a bit to the left.

    I have no clue what that was but upon research in the internet, I came across the same object in a Fox News article.

    What are your thoughts on this?

    Thanks to my S6, I experienced my very first UFO ever. :)-001.jpg

    Thanks to my S6, I experienced my very first UFO ever. :)-002.jpg

    Cropped:

    Thanks to my S6, I experienced my very first UFO ever. :)-003.jpg

    Thanks to my S6, I experienced my very first UFO ever. :)-004.jpg
    09-13-2015 09:28 PM
  2. B. Diddy's Avatar
    That looks more like lens flare. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lens_flare
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    09-13-2015 11:10 PM
  3. Tumultus's Avatar
    So, what you're saying is that I am not crazy and this is just a technical glitch? It doesn't explain why the object moved quite a bit since I didn't move the phone but my thumb for switching off HDR nor does it explain the exact same object in the article mentioned above, however, I take your explanation over green Martians any day.
    09-13-2015 11:16 PM
  4. Tumultus's Avatar
    Larger crop. Is this how lens flare looks like? I am not much of a photographer, so, I really don't know. And what is the round object anyway? It can't be the moon (too small for it and, as I said: new moon cycle).

    Thanks to my S6, I experienced my very first UFO ever. :)-005.jpg
    09-13-2015 11:45 PM
  5. belodion's Avatar
    Let's assume that it is in fact an alien vehicle, which would certainly be interesting. Nevertheless, it would also be depressing, because if there are aliens visiting us, they don't seem to be doing anything to help us with our countless problems and difficulties. Not much point coming here at all.
    But whatever the explanation, your pics are intriguing.
    09-13-2015 11:54 PM
  6. B. Diddy's Avatar
    So, what you're saying is that I am not crazy and this is just a technical glitch? It doesn't explain why the object moved quite a bit since I didn't move the phone but my thumb for switching off HDR nor does it explain the exact same object in the article mentioned above, however, I take your explanation over green Martians any day.
    You don't have to move the camera very much to cause the flare to shift position. See that flare to the right of the sun, towards the right edge of the photo? It's also shifted to the right in the second photo.

    J.J. Abrams (the guy who directed the Star Trek reboot, Mission Impossible III, Super 8, and a little upcoming art-house project called The Force Awakens) is known for his love of lens flare when filming, and he goes as far as simulating it in CGI scenes. Watch some of his movies to see how it looks.
    09-14-2015 12:00 AM
  7. razza1987's Avatar
    Lol what a great thread
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    09-14-2015 12:02 AM
  8. Tumultus's Avatar
    LOL, I don't believe that aliens have found a way to cross the universe yet; instead, it may be a combination of lens flare (as suggested by B. Didy) and something else in the sky. May it be a star where the S6 just got nuts and macroed it due too much light exposure or a balloon or a satellite (except I can't believe they would fly in such a low orbit). I am not qualified to answer this but I am a curious nature and I would like to find a rational (earthy) explanation.

    That's why I posted it. Some of you guys are really smart, so, knock yourselves out.
    09-14-2015 12:03 AM
  9. Tumultus's Avatar
    You don't have to move the camera very much to cause the flare to shift position. See that flare to the right of the sun, towards the right edge of the photo? It's also shifted to the right in the second photo.

    J.J. Abrams (the guy who directed the Star Trek reboot, Mission Impossible III, Super 8, and a little upcoming art-house project called The Force Awakens) is known for his love of lens flare when filming, and he goes as far as simulating it in CGI scenes. Watch some of his movies to see how it looks.
    Time to rewatch Star Trek. And tomorrow, I'll try to replicate the flares at the exact same spot and time. Didn't know UFO faking is that easy, LOL
    09-14-2015 12:08 AM
  10. razza1987's Avatar
    Lmao "earthy explanation". I like you xd
    09-14-2015 12:11 AM
  11. Tumultus's Avatar
    If those are lens flares, why does the tree branch in the Fox article cover it? (Serious question! I really don't know anything about photography.)

    Fox article image:
    Thanks to my S6, I experienced my very first UFO ever. :)-6735900_g.jpg

    *** EDIT:
    Upon closer inspection, it very well may be that the flare is actually in front of the tree and the tree just "shines through". Hard to tell without having access to the original image. This cropped version is simply too blurry.

    Dammit, guys! I've never seen a UFO in my life, so, please ... don't take this from me!
    09-14-2015 12:22 AM
  12. Tumultus's Avatar
    I just recreated some flare with a led flashlight. Granted, it looks nothing like the pictures in my initial post but, as you may see in the image below, it created a clear reflection of each individual led in the flash light. If a flash light can produce this then I am sure an object as powerful as the sun can create a reflection of itself in a miniature form.

    And here you have it: an earthy explanation!

    Thanks to my S6, I experienced my very first UFO ever. :)-006.jpg
    09-14-2015 01:22 AM
  13. razza1987's Avatar
    Lol this is adorable. Thank you for the "earthy" explanation mr/miss geologist xd
    09-14-2015 01:58 AM
  14. Tumultus's Avatar
    You're welcome! I feel much smarter (and safer) now!
    09-14-2015 02:00 AM
  15. razza1987's Avatar
    You're welcome! I feel much smarter (and safer) now!
    I'm glad. I enjoyed reading your tale lmao
    09-14-2015 02:08 AM
  16. Gator352's Avatar
    You're welcome! I feel much smarter (and safer) now!
    For a minute there, i was scared. Really. I thought maybe my mother in law was coming back to visit. .....

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    09-14-2015 11:23 AM
  17. aokusman1's Avatar
    The crazy part is pointing the camera directly at the sun.

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    09-14-2015 11:44 AM
  18. Tumultus's Avatar
    The crazy part is pointing the camera directly at the sun.

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    LOL, I know right? Just wanted to see how well the S6 would handle it. It was either that or taking a shot of Best Buy.
    I just created another UFO in my front yard. It actually works every time as long as you point your camera directly at the full sun. Look out for a tiny white spot on the screen while gently tilting the phone in slight angles. Here is today's UFO (Sorry for my finger in the pic.!):

    Thanks to my S6, I experienced my very first UFO ever. :)-007.jpg

    Here I moved the UFO to the left side of the sun:

    Thanks to my S6, I experienced my very first UFO ever. :)-008.jpg
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    09-14-2015 11:48 AM
  19. B. Diddy's Avatar
    For a minute there, i was scared. Really. I thought maybe my mother in law was coming back to visit. .....
    I LOL'd at this.
    09-14-2015 11:53 AM
  20. razza1987's Avatar
    I don't know if I'm disappointed or not that it wasn't a ufo lol
    09-14-2015 12:27 PM
  21. Tumultus's Avatar
    Don't worry! As dumb as I am when it comes to photography, I'll probably have the next encounter with the 4th kind soon.
    09-14-2015 12:36 PM
  22. Gator352's Avatar
    Don't worry! As dumb as I am when it comes to photography, I'll probably have the next encounter with the 4th kind soon.
    And if it's my mother in law, offer some cheese cake and tell her she's got. To. Go.

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    09-14-2015 02:42 PM
  23. belodion's Avatar
    Very enjoyable thread. 👍
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    09-14-2015 05:16 PM
  24. the tall guy's Avatar
    Have we totally ruled out the fact that this might be aliens? I don't want to alarm anyone, but I also took a few shots a while back of the sun on my S6, one pic I took was of my Wife, we wanted to catch her baby bump - turns out the baby bump is harvesting this same orb as quoted above. Should I be scared and how does a soon to be Dad prepare for an alien child?

    Thanks to my S6, I experienced my very first UFO ever. :)-20150725_204836.jpg
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    09-15-2015 08:43 AM
  25. Javier P's Avatar
    But yours is a different one Tall guy.
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    09-15-2015 08:56 AM
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