A Calgary UFO? Um, maybe.

August 14, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

I read an article a while ago about a someone who was shooting pictures of the Milky Way in the middle of the city and getting these amazing looking shots.  I thought I might quickly give this a try before heading off to sleep for the night.  I didn't get any good pictures of the stars, but I did see something a little more...."odd."

This is the original shot.  There's not a whole lot to see here other than a somewhat overexposed time exposure.  This was taken with a Canon 5DMkIII using a 24-70mm F2.8 lens, 15 seconds exposure, f2.8, 1250 ISO and  spot metering.

 

Like any other picture that I shoot, this was opened in Adobe Camera Raw.  The sliders on the right are manipulated until the shot looks fairly decent. 

 

The picture then gets opened in Photoshop for final editing.  While I was out on the deck with the camera, I didn't see anything in the sky that was unusual.   I didn't see this triangular shaped object in the frame until after I downloaded these shots to the computer and opened them up to have a look.  So what is this?

 

This is another shot, same setting but about 1 second exposure.  The Triangle isn't as bright, but it is still visible.

 

I opened up the first (15 second exposure) shot in Silver Efex Pro to see if looking at this in black and white would make any difference.

 

Now the Triangle really stands out.  What I find interesting is that you can see that it is brighter on the bottom as if it were reflecting the city lights.  That is, if this really was something that was floating in the air.

  Other than adjusting the original photo exposure in Adobe Camera Raw and converting it to black and white, there were no other manipulations done.

 

A close, cropped view of the Triangle.  I've shot a lot of pictures off my deck, never have I seen anything like this.  It doesn't look like a typical lens flare or other artifact that I've seen before.  Ok, so it may not be E.T., but it is strange.

And just for comparison, this is the same view off the deck, shot in daylight hours.  This is probably more of my normal view, no E.T., just the cityscape. 

 

So what was it?  I'm open to any suggestions?

 


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