“Ghost” photo inspires believer, makes the rest of us say *pfffffbth*

This is another claim that is chock full of holes and should not be taken at face value.

Ghostly Figure In Photo A Sign From God? Pastor Thinks So « CBS Los Angeles.

A pastor and his wife believe a ghostly figure that appeared in the background of a photograph is a sign from a higher power.

A new church member was responsible for this picture taken of a fellow work colleague. It just HAPPENS to have a white Marion-type figure in it. Pastor Goia thinks “God is trying to reveal to the people before something major will happen.”

The new member, Radu, seems to have made an impression on the Pastor and his wife. He does not want to talk on camera. In addition, we have no examination of the photo – which goes to the media, bypassing all scrutiny for publicity instead. There are no details of the photo. The pastor, a believer, wants to accept that this is a sign, an angel, supernatural.

cloaked ghost angel

It’s more likely a ghost app done with a cell phone or photoshop. This is EASY PEASY to reproduce. I sent this story to a crack team of skeptical paranormal investigators who know what the heck they are doing and they are pretty convinced that it could very well be two ghost app photos superimposed, a ghost app over a natural reflection, or a photo manipulation. All are simple and such manipulations have been used uncountable times in the past to dupe gullible people. Gullible people or angel? I know which one is real!

Let’s get a close up.

Credit: Larry DP from Facebook

Credit: Larry DP from Facebook

The face part is offset from the “shroud”. Could it be an app like this one with the transparency adjusted? Yes, could very well be that.

The pastor used it to inspire his congregation. Skeptics will use it as an example of how downright simple it is to impress people and how much they WANT to believe.

Bottom line — photos are great at inspiring people who are so willing to buy into it but are zero proof of an afterlife or the supernatural.

Here is the news report – no shred of skepticism.

Tip: Skeptical Inquirer

  9 comments for ““Ghost” photo inspires believer, makes the rest of us say *pfffffbth*

  1. Torkel Ødegård
    February 7, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    Looks like dirt (or somewhat unclean part of the window) being reflected by the light to me.

  2. February 7, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    P.T. Barnum said it best, “There is a sucker born every minute.”

  3. Angela
    February 8, 2014 at 6:31 AM
  4. Chris Howard
    February 8, 2014 at 7:10 AM

    Yep. When asked to clarify he said something to the effect that everyone’s a sucker for something, you just have to find out what each individual is a sucker for.

  5. Chris Howard
    February 8, 2014 at 7:12 AM

    Someone needs to make a ghost app image database. We need a reference guide that’s quick and easy to use.

  6. Larry DP
    February 8, 2014 at 7:20 AM

    There are a few on facebook but sadly there are so many apps and new ones added all the time. This one is from a new updated version of the android ghost cam. Here is one of the sites with many app pictures

  7. Chris Howard
    February 8, 2014 at 8:41 AM

    I wonder if you could get the manufacturers to submit the images, in exchange for advertising space?

    It would be a showcase for their wares, while also exposing the public/media to the ease of hoaxing a photo.

  8. idoubtit
    February 8, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Larry: You guys rock.

  9. Cathy
    February 9, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    I’m a sucker for chocolate covered cherry bars and those other ones that are peppermint filled with bubbles. Sucker born every minute!

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