I will verify I am not the OP, nor do I personally know the OP.
If anything it seems that the OP's story is off a bit. The "he" that took the picture is actually a "she".
The "she" I am referring to doesn't know what the "thing" in the picture is, but actually gave it a nickname, and joked that it was "her" demon.
The reason I visited, and ultimately posted in this forum in the first place is because I knew of the original images and happened to think about them the other night. I honestly wondered if anyone had ever come across, or posted about these specific pictures on any forums like this one. I wondered if the original photographer may have, and if not I considered pulling the images from their facebook page and posting them. I read OP's story and created an account to see if these were the photos, and thy were.
First up, why are you here? Are these your images - if so, why didn't you say so? Or did the OP invite you for backup? Usually when this sort of 'cavalry' arrives, let's just say they are almost always .. er .. closely related..
These are not my images, nor did I ever claim they were. I do not know the OP, and as I said the OP's story is off just a bit.
And why, given the ridiculously-simple-to-add details in these tiny images, would anyone need a ghost app or an IPhone?
Third, these images, even the first, are indeed 'tampered with' - they have been re-sized and re-compressed, for a start. So the comments about the OP not knowing much about image manipulation, come from someone who has the same (or less) knowledge.
Fourth, the image is clearly NOT the original and contain no exif data, so why tell us to look at it?
Fifth, 'pulling the image up in photoshop and manipulating', even assuming the readers here all have Photoshop (I do, and it's a legal copy - is yours?) will tell us nothing whatsoever about such a small and low quality image.
I am unaware of the specific date the photos were taken, I believe they were taken sometime around the early fall of 2007. I'm not sure why the OP didn't post any info associated with the date. Like I said, seems a bit off.
The reason I referred to the "ghost app" is because of Moonie's comment:
The first image to my knowledge has not been re sized. The other 3 photos were manipulated to increase the visibility of the anomaly. All 4 photos seem to be taken from the original photographers facebook page.
The more I respond to your reply, the more I'm starting to notice that it seems you really didn't read my original posting. I stated that I know the source of the image, not the OP. The OP clearly stated that they did not take the photo, nor did I claim so. Yes, as I said before, the original photographer has hardly any knowledge of photo manipulation. Here, I'll clarify my statement. The original photographer does not possess the skill or knowledge to manipulate an image to the point of fakery or hoaxing. The original photographer can apply a few filters, re size and crop images in Photoshop (Please note that I did not state that I own a legal, or illegal copy of Photoshop. Also,please forgive me, I haven't taken the time to validate the original photographer's copy of Photoshop therefore completely invalidating any aspect of my statement). That is the extent of their knowledge. The original photographer is not the OP. I stated that, the OP stated that.
Yes the exif data is tough to pull, and I assumed that anyone that would thoroughly criticize these images would have pulled in data. I'll post the image which is still on the original photographers facebook page.
'Gah', indeed. Sounds an awful lot like a troll/hoax to me. So, post the original image inc. exif, also post the images immediately before and after it, give details of dates, times and also tell us about how your friend gave permission to post the image, and what reasoning was behind the methods used to manipulate it.. Then I'll happily apologise for the implication.
I'm really surprised by the tone in which you responded to my initial post. I posted as much detail as I could. Feel free to ask me relevant questions about the image, source ect and I'll answer as best I can.