Hair in Front of the Camera Lens

Kathy Owen from Bodfish, California and founder of Lake Isabella Paranormal Society sent us the following experiments of hair getting in the way of the picture. Kathy purposely created these photos to show how a person's hair can appear like a ghostly vortex (portal) or a moving orb in ghost pictures.

As you will see, the flash reflecting off of human hair can make a nice, white or orange effect in the picture; but it can also appear to have small "orbs" within it, too. The strand can appear thin or wide. We suggest that if you are going to go ghost hunting, it is best to tie longer hair back so it doesn't fall in front of the camera lens.

Kathy's Notes:
"Just by taking a piece of hair and placing it in front of the lens, one can easily create a vapor trail or even super-charged energy. Even my fingers holding the strand of hair can look like a shadow ghost. This is why it's so important to make sure your hair is tied back and away from the lens when taking pictures. My digital camera was set on auto mode with the use of flash."

The last two photographs in our photo gallery show examples of thinner looking streaks of light caused by the hair. Notice how the camera flash produces small balls of light within the strand. Hair can often be mistaken for moving orbs in some pictures.