Any chance of seeing the originals, exactly as they were saved onto the memory card, including exif? (I'm happy to supply an email address by pm.)
Sure, but only half of the photo, because if you imply I’ve manipulated my photos, then I’m implying you would like to steal my work.
The resolution in the original post should be more than enough for a professional photographer (or convincing amateur) to tell me what known defect that is, is it (obviously rare) physical phenomenon or equipment malfunction.
Speaking of which, the camera is new Olympus VG-110, had Olympus mjus before and classic Olympuses, never caught anything like that in thousands of photos, classic or digital. I caught various other stuff, more or less common and explained, I know what various common effects and malfunctions look like. This is not that common.
For example, I wouldn't post a photo with an orb in this section, since they are easily explained with droplets or particles in the air or on the lens. I wouldn't post regular breath or smoke effects (note I posted one with smoke to show how much the anomaly is not like it). I wouldn't post red glow photos from classic film, it's just the exposure. And so on. So I'm not an idiot.
Not a hoaxer either, though I'm aware that If anyone doubts the originality of the photo, we can only keep repeating ourselves - you can keep repeating you suspect I’ve manipulated them, I can keep repeating I didn’t. Because even the data from the memory card is fakeable, you know.
So the discussion makes sense only if you can trust me I didn’t change anything. I absolutely do understand some of us would like it to be breath, some of us would like it to be ectoplasm and the only thing I know for sure is that I’m not sure what it is. Except I’m sure no one tampered the photo.
(Whole original would be at disposal to professionals, but I think they already had a lot of such anomalies in hands. Since it wasn’t written about, they probably haven’t explained them. Yet. Like I said before, I’m not an idiot, I’m only not religiously materialist.)
You seriously have to cut on whatever that is that you’re using
Edited by Helen of Annoy, 23 December 2012 - 11:06 AM.