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Blurred by an angel


“My name is Marcio and I’m sending this photo for you to explain this phenomenon, I assure you this is no hoax. I don’t know when it was taken, I just know it was captured during a religious celebration, and it looks like an angel… what can you tell me about it?”

One of the most interesting photos I have received (click to enlarge), it no doubt looks like an angel, complete with wings and something in its hands… perhaps a harp?

Perhaps, fact is that there are some other white blurs in the photograph that don’t remind of any obvious religious imagery, and perhaps more importantly, there’s a little girl in a white dress in the same pose as the “angel”.

Or the opposite would be more appropriated.

We can explain the image as the result of long exposure of the film, which captured all the bright elements in the image – like those white and shiny – whilst the photographer shook his camera, by accident. Mix some pareidolia, and we have this image.

The illustration below may help to understand the effects in action here:


Highlighted in red are the sources of the blurs: the girl’s white dress, the white shirt of a man sitting at left and the shiny metal microphone stand up in the stage. All these elements were reflecting the ambient light, as well as camera flashes, producing the blurs that we highlighted in green.

The yellow arrows point the movement blurs produced by other sources of light and that are everywhere in the image. They also explain the “wings” of the angel, which are in fact blurs of the same white dress. Note the camera movement could be either going up or down, depending on the fact that the blurs were captured before or after the rest of the image.

Also note that the relative position between the white angel and the blur on its left side exactly matches the relative position between the little girl’s dress and the man in a white shirt. This match gives us reason to think our interpretation is correct, and this angel of light is just a blurred image of the little miss singing.

A real angel, indeed.

[With thanks to Marcio Silva for the image]

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  1. Sam September 6th, 2009 6:29 am

    That’s easy :)
    (I love this blog)

  2. mactonnies (Mac Tonnies) September 7th, 2009 12:34 am

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  3. IQXS (IQXS UFO) September 7th, 2009 12:36 am

    RT @ mactonnies Blurred by an angel: http://tinyurl.com/makj9n ~~~ Wow…awesome.

  4. TransAlchemy (TransAlchemy) September 7th, 2009 12:44 am

    RT @mactonnies: Blurred by an angel: http://tinyurl.com/makj9n

  5. scentart (Gail G Adrian) September 7th, 2009 12:54 am

    RT@mactonnies mactonniesBlurred by an angel: http://tinyurl.com/makj9n

  6. Visolela (Melissa Osborn) September 8th, 2009 7:21 pm

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