I was recently emailed this, with the comment ‘ I got this pic from my niece.  The original pic was taken with a camera phone. ‘

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Any ideas?

82 comments

  1. Idea: Use a camera that doesn’t make *everything* blurry has hell. I’m really not sure *what* is supposed to be the ghost here. Is it the boxy “face” on the back wall? The white splotch by the far arm of the couch? The blanket (or whatever that is) near the middle? The blob next to it that *might* be a child?

  2. Someone who moved as the photo was snapped – as Impossibly Stupid says, camera phones’ photos are often blurry and can’t handle motion very well.

    Some sort of blanket/household animal combination. See above re: motion.

    Given how solid this one looks compared to most “ghost” photos, the only way I’d be convinced of anything is if the next shot showed the mother(?) and baby running for their lives. Surely such a solid-looking form would have had a corporeal presence in the space and not *just* have been visible by camera.

  3. Yep, one of those big shaggy dogs like on the cover of the Bush – Glycerine album, but not quite that shaggy… 😉

    And those phones require you to be mega still, especially in poor light.

    Although I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s a little paradolia and is explained by some other object, because it does seem a little wierd.

  4. It’s the mother reaching behind the baby to get the blanket or whatever it is that is lying next to them on the couch. Flash and longish exposure do the rest.

  5. I too do not see why Ricgard keeps posting these images. I’m sure he has much more wonderful stuff to share than this infantile nonsense.

    1. Well said David. Couldn’t agree more. And why declare them to be “Ghost Pictures” in the first place?

    2. I suspect he called it a “ghost picture” because it’s a picture that looks like a ghost. Tricky buggers, these psychologists.

  6. It’s a long exposure, so there’s motion blur, as can be seen at the child’s head. The thing on the left could be a dog that’s shaking or a blanket that’s being thrown on the couch.

  7. I’m just going to go with something on the lens
    I wouldn’t call it a ghost photo though – that doesn’t look at all like a person – more like a transparent blob, somewhat like a stain on the lens in fact. Add to that the blurry image quality and voila.

  8. I don’t think there’s anything there at all. That smudge to the left of the people in the photo looks exactly like the bleary spots I get in my pictures when I take them with a poor camera in bad light.

  9. Low light, slow exposure, poor camera (phone ?) add up to the poor quality of the image. My vote of for some type of fabric – blanket maybe – being thrown onto or up form the couch. The less blurred section draped over the cushion and hanging down to the floor suggest this isn’t a dog shaking itself. The shadow of the person’s knee put the object behind him/her (from the camera’s perspective) and her position would suggest they are looking for something on the couch. Something may have dropped on the couch and the fabric has been thrown up in the air in order to look underneath it.

    There is certainly nothing at all supernatural about it.

  10. You are all WRONG! WRONG!! WRONG!!! It actually is:
    A.Obviously a being from another dimension
    B. Obviously a being from another planet
    C. Obviously a benevolent ghost trying to contact with a message of hope and reconciliation.
    D. Obviously a malevolent spirit who needs to be exorcised
    E. Obviously Jesus
    F. Obviously Carl Sagan warning us about Global Warming
    G. Obviously Gordon Gecko warning us about the GFC ( a bit late Gordon!)
    H. All of the above

  11. I’m going to say it is a motion blur of a dog. Because I can make out it’s tail on nose.

    Also, because of the way the photo is framed, it’s obvious that everyone in the scene knew there was something there. Because they seem so relaxed, I doubt it’s a ghost or something supernatural.

  12. Hi there!

    I’m a (very) amateur photographer, and I have the toughest time taking pictures of dogs. They simply don’t know how to sit still. When taking pictures indoors, like this one, my camera always seems to decide it needs to hold the shutter open for a full minute just to get enough light. Since even the humans in the above photo are a bit blurry, I’m guessing that the dog was actually fairly calm. Under those lighting conditions, if it had been really moving around, it would have looked like The Flash in a Chewbacca costume. 😀

  13. I think it’s clearly a long exposure, parts of the baby and woman are blurry. The “ghost” can be a blanket, caught in mid air after someone threw it on the couch. Definitely not an impressive picture.

  14. It looks vaguely like a duplicate image shifted left and upwards – you can match the baby and the woman’s knees to the ghost image. Bit of a long shot but it seems to be close enough to be possible. IF the photo is genuine then I don’t know how the image could get shifted naturally.

  15. I’m a bit irritated by the title of this post. Why put the assumtion out there that this is a “ghost picture” in the first place?

  16. If you take an oldfashioned polaroid and mess with the emulsion while it is self-developing you can get this effect. All you need do is make sure you’ve got the right spot in the photo where the 3rd person is sitting.

  17. Mother is reaching behind the baby, picking up a blanket. Motion blur.
    Or it’s the ghost of the woman’s dead grandmother warning her about impending doom. Either one.

  18. I fooled around with the brightness, contrast and gamma to get a better look. Some of the “ghost” (like the part hanging over the couch) is solid and looks like fabric.
    That and the fact that the lady seems to be looking and reaching in that direction makes me think it’s some sort of garment or blanket that she’s shaking.

  19. the arms of the ‘ghost’ seem to consist of some kind of light stick on top of a pink round thing moving from right to left while the photo was taken. Not sure about the rest. I guess there is a blanket involved too.

  20. Judging by the blur in the photo, I’d say it’s a show shutter speed, maybe it was a blanket thrown through the air towards the two on the sofa.

  21. My goodness those KNEES are enormous, its all i saw at first but then again i was looking at the screen with out my glasses… blankie or shaggy dog for the golden blur at the left thou

  22. I’ve seen this type of smokey cloud once (other shape) .. outside in my garden .. whereas it was not really there (no explanation). Too bad these type of what most likely are tricks of the brain can not be placed on all viewers of this pic here huh?! Or did you hide a subliminal instruction here on this site in order to put this trick of the brain inside of our brains … ehehehe …

  23. Hate to sound like a concern troll, but the “blurry dog”, “blurry blanket” and “smoke” explanations all sound like clutching at straws, and I think this comment thread makes sceptics look pretty silly.

    There’s no way a baby stayed that still during an exposure long enough to make those things so completely unrecognisable. Plus the fact there is a solid shadow of the baby + womans knee on the object. So I’d say it was a deliberate hoax, involving a heap of insulation foam, or some other kind of creepy looking fabric.

    1. It’s always amusing when people call out one bit of speculation as silly, and then offer up one that is equally silly, if not more so. That goes for both your “insulation foam hoax” and the initial “ghost” presentation.

      Evidence against your explanation is that the baby *didn’t* stay still, because the child’s face is extra blurry. The low quality of the camera explains the grainy stationary objects and possibly the bad focus, but there is plenty to indicate that significant motion blur was captured as well.

      From there, it doesn’t take much guesswork to see that the blurry lines behind the child’s head could *easily* be the woman’s arm moving rapidly. Looking at the blurry blob it’s attached to, there are repeating swirly patterns that hint at a good possibility that it is a blanket of some kind.

      So, really, it comes down to what you think happens more: ghostly visitation, hoaxes involving foam construction, or a mother holding her child while searching for some lost toy. In my world, I’d bank on the last.

  24. I don’t think it is an intentional fake but I don’t think it is a ghost either. With regard to the shadow falling on it I believe the shadow is on a cushion or other object behind the blurry item.

  25. I think Gert got it right, (she’s reaching for a blanket and lifting it up/fluffing it) but I must say that I was actually very impressed with how difficult this was for me to explain. I’m very experienced with photography and work in a scientific imaging platform. Even after taking this photo through a gamut of transformations, I only became more perplexed. Part of the problem here is how anthropomorphic the “specter” actually is. I found it very easy to see a female figure sitting with her legs tucked in, and leaning on her left arm. Turns out, the reason the arm is so convincing is because it _probably_ is the arm of the woman on the right.

    1. Maybe this is interesting, I can’t for the love of goodness see a human silouette in this shapeless blur, and this happens to me quite often with “pareidolia” pictures.

      Am I anthropomorphically challenged?

  26. It has the same color of the wall on the left. Maybe quick movement of the camera caught that and put it in the picture. I don’t really have an idea other than that. Not a ghost in my opinion.

  27. the room was darker than it appears here, and the shot was taken at a slow shutter speed (note the woman and child are blurry too – just not as much). the person on the left was moving fast, hence the big blur. it may not even be a person because of the strange shape – maybe a cat or puppy or something

  28. It’s a brown blanket thrown in the air, probably by the person in the front. The lower part of the brown shape clearly shows a kind of wool-like fabric. The motion blur causes the nebulous, transparent look of the brown blanket in motion. The shadow in the background probably is caused by the blanket. If there was something out of the ordinary, why is the baby looking straight past it?

  29. i think it is from a orb(a ball of energy that already turned into mist and starting to tack form of what is last look like in its memory

  30. My guess it was someones relative.
    By the looks of the shading.
    It seems to be on one knee sitting directly behind the baby and next to the mom.
    The mom looking away from the picture,
    Is having the feeling of the apperition
    Pressed on her foot, causing her to look back at her foot for she might of felt a itchy feeling or a stiff muscle.
    Happens.

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