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Jennifer Janusiak
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« Reply #30 on: September 03, 2009, 05:32:33 pm »



Investigation into world famous Castle ghost
By Richard Wiseman

Hauntings investigation
By Richard Wiseman

The Hauntings event seemed to go very well yesterday, and my thanks to all of the speakers and delegates who made it such an enjoyable experience. As part of the event, we announced the findings of our investigation into the now world-famous Castle ghost image…..

A few days before the event , Christopher Aitchison (the guy who took the original photograph), Caroline Watt (Edinburgh Uni), Alex Pryce (Edinburgh Skeptics Society), and I ventured out to Tantallon Castle to see if we could re-create the image.

Chris brought along the same camera that he had used to take the original picture and, after much experimentation, we managed to find exactly where he had been standing. By chance, the lighting conditions were almost identical to those in May 06, when the ‘ghost’ pic was snapped (as shown by the sunlight in the photos below).

We had wondered whether the ‘face’ might be a strange reflection from the rock wall at the back of the opening. It’s not. There is a large doorway to the left of the opening and at this time of year the sunlight streams in. However, it does not reflect off the back wall and there is no artificial lighting in that part of the Castle.

We also looked at the possibility of the image simply being a tourist who had wandered into the shot. There is a bit of a strange optical effect going on. Although the opening appears dark from the ground, the sunlight reflects off light coloured surfaces located in certain positions, and so gives the impression of them being illuminated in a rather strange way.
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