This site was set up to show and discuss the Topic of ORBS and other anomalous things captured on film.

Most of the photos where shot by Bret Walters of Cedar Rapids, Iowa throughout the United States and his Orb hunting friend Dave Kelsey has also taken some of the photos. Other photos come from Randy & Hope Mead and James Gilliland both from Washington State.

While other photos come from other orb photographers.

All photos copyrighted by the photographer who took them and all credit giving.

What are ORBs

Orbs have many names including globes, globules, balls of light, and hovering round balls. They appear in all ranges of brightness from bright-&-glowing to faded-&-barely-visible and come in all colors. They are usually quite fast and follow an erratic pattern of flight. So what are these balls or other shapes of transparent light we find in photos being taken? No one has the true answer to this question yet.


One of the leading theories concerning what orbs are is that orbs are energy beings. Simply they are the light or soul bodies of inter-dimensional beings traveling around us at all times but just slightly out of our time perspective. Or they are multidimensional beings, some Orbs are currently being used by Interplanetary life forms to view life on Earth and on other planets. Similar to looking through a window. And a new theory is that they could be thoughts. Some say the reason for the increase in orb sightings is because of the lifting of the veils or the coming of the higher dimensions.

Orbs are not usually visible to the naked eye but can be seen through infrared monitors and can be recorded on photographic film. When they show up, they appear to be luminosity's that are round or diffuse, and even rectangular in shape. Many other shapes have also been reported i.e... Diamonds, pyramids, and hearts. Detection and study of orbs has developed with the advent of high technology. Orbs appear to be a form of energy of unknown origin. They are not stray light sources, insects or dust particles. They are not sufficiently strong enough to set off any type of detection meters, nor do they have sufficient mass to set off infrared motion detectors. They seem to defy gravity and change directions, sometimes quickly. They twinkle. They react to the presence of people: they increase in number when people are present and in a positive mode. Orbs are not the same as GHOST LIGHTS, which are similar in shape and behavior, but which are much brighter and are visible to the naked eye.

Some Say Orbs are dust, water or a bad camera

Digital cameras can't have film-processing errors. I am aware that some people feel that the orbs on a digital camera are an error in the digital processing of the image. When that error does occur in digital photos, the objects tend to be square in nature, not round and they cannot be semitransparent, the pixel behind would have to be corrupted also. I will not even address the precipitation theory, no legitimate researchers takes photos in any form of precipitation. What about dust and dirt being stirred up? Can that be the cause of the orbs? If that were the case, I would think that there would not be normal photos in a sequence of photos from the same camera and location. All of the shots in a sequence should have the dust or dirt in it. We find that most orb photos do not appear in consecutive photos. All photographers present should get orbs if it is dust being stirred up as well. Also not everyone can take orb photos. I have given my camera to others with no orbs showing.

For the skeptics

These are just a few things for the skeptics to think of when they are condemning an orb photo as a fake or fraud and some things for to consider when checking their photos for positives.

It is true that raindrops and moisture droplets may cause patterns similar, but not exactly like those associated with the orbs. How valid is the raindrop theory if the weather conditions was warm and dry when the photo was snapped?

So, how do you tell a real "orb" photo from a false one?

There is no official way to determine authenticity of an orb within a photo but here are a few key elements to keep in mine.

1. A bright orb is more likely to be real than a faded one.

2. Orbs that are bright and show a vibrating effect within the photo are likely to be real.

3. A slight trail is also something to look for in determining true orbs.

Now, this information is by no means foolproof. As there exist no experts on orb photography.

How to capture ORB photos

Another way to capture orbs is with still cameras. This can be just about any picture taking camera but we find the best ones to use are the 35mm cameras with a bright flash, or a digital camera. With a digital if nothing shows up, then its just a simple delete process and no waste of film.

Other anomalous things captured on film

So far since I started capturing orb photos I have taken photos of many other different things. Strange mists, Angels, Nymphs, Rainbow ovals and many other strange things.

All photos by Bret (or when Dave is with me and he uses one of mine) where taken with a Sony Cyber Shot DSC-S30 and DSC-S75

All are original pictures unless noted.

Some photos where enhanced in Photoshop adjusting contrast or brightness levels only. Nothing else has been done to them.

All photos copyrighted ©2002-2013 by Bret Walters

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