Here is a great lesson for paranormalists: Make sure you exhaust all the avenues of “normal” before you conclude “paranormal”. In almost all cases, you CAN get to a sound explanation.
Fairfax photographer Joe Armao spent an entire night studying the strange, hair-raising blur on one of his pictures before reaching the conclusion it was the result of a highly unusual combination of the Gallipoli dusk, a tiny movement of his camera, the 2.5-second exposure period and a weird dark space on the frame created by a gravestone flower in the close foreground.
Armao was astounded when one frame of a series of pictures he took Tuesday evening at Beach Cemetery beneath the old Anzac battlefields revealed what appeared to be the shape of a figure in a broad-brimmed hat lurking in the gloom.
He had never seen something like this, there was no one standing there at the time but the place had a rich history. Was this a ghost? Or two?
The key here is that the photographer was no believer. He wasn’t going to take a cheap paranormal cop-out explanation for something that could be interesting and important to him. He was able to find out that the technology could be glitchy. The camera DID lie. It created an image where there was none – an image of nothingness. It’s counterintuitive and much harder to get to the real answer, isn’t it?
I found this fascinating and a lesson that paranormalist FAIL TO HEED ALL THE TIME. When their half-baked sham investigations come across an anomaly in audio, photos or video, they immediately jump to a conclusion that this is evidence of the paranormal. Nope, it’s almost certainly evidence of ignorance in what is happening. They just won’t ferret out the most sound answer. Even experts can be stumped. For a little while.
I am thrilled that this was properly investigated and just hope it doesn’t continue to circulate instead as evidence of a ghost soldier in the cemetery.