Me and a friend wanted to try and capture some images of the Geminid Meteor shower so we headed out to the hiking trail First Creek at Red Rock Canyon in southern Nevada just 20 miles west outside Las Vegas. Things weren't looking good do to clouds but I was deteremined anyway. I was taking photographs on a Canon 60D with the an efs 18-135mm lense. The lense doesn't have an Infinity setting so I had to take 3 practice shots of the mountains to get the focus I thought I would need for the stars. During these practice shots I captured 3 photos of something I cant explain and would like your help. Photos taken around 1:30am on 12/13/2012.
1st photo; The green circles appear clustered together about halfway from the base of the mountain to me, on the left side of the photo. This was my first attempt at setting up the focus for the stars. It's blurry but yo can see them no doubt.
2nd photo; This is the photo that proves to me the anomaly isn't in the camera or caused by the camera. On my second attempt to focus I moved the camera to the right a little bit on complete accident. IN ORDER TO SEE what i'm talking about you'll want to view the 2nd photo in WindowsLive Photo Gallery or some alternative software. One can see what appears to be just the edge of the green anomaly on the very, VERY edge of the photo on the left side. You MUST zoom in to see this BUT it is clear after comparing all three images that this green spec is the same anomaly in the other two photos. The green is just simply out of place.
3rd photo; This was the attempt I was successful in focusing the image and for some reason I once again move the camera by complete accident to the left. Capturing ALL of the green anomalies IN FOCUS.
I would HIGHLY recommend you save the photos and view them in something other than photobucket. If you would like I can email you these photos.
RAW images @ 30sec exposure, 6400iso, and I forget the aperture(i'm new to photography so I was playing around with it).
The photos are in my photobucket library in the same order I shot them.
what it isn't
These aren't orbs.. in order to capture an orb you must accidently photograph pollen or dust within 4 inches of your lense.
what is it?
REMEMBER it wasn't complete pitch black! but.. it was very, very dark. One could slightly see the clouds overhead even with Las Vegas only 20 miles away to the east and a mountain separating us and the city.
Could it be a fungus of some kind?
Maybe some equipment that ejects an equivalent of x-rays, gamaray or microwaves. Something the human eye can't detect but the camera can. This seems unlikely to me because we were at a hiking trail.
Or i'll just say it.. could I have really photographed something really remarkable.
ANYTHING anyone can offer would help greatly. I plan on going back and trying to recapture this on purpose next time.
Edited by signifthis, 14 December 2012 - 02:13 AM.