UnScene Extra: Scientist answers questions & examines ghost hunting equipment.

In this UnScene Extra, Martin, a scientist and infrared photographer, answers some basic questions about Paranormal Investigation.

Questions include:
1. How can an orb form
2. How does a recorder pick up an EVP
3. Is it best to film in infrared or ultraviolet

In this UnScene Extra, Martin, a scientist and infrared photographer, examines the equipment used in paranormal investigations.

He takes a look and gives his opinion on the Ovilus 3 and the Spirit Box. The day we filmed this was the first day he has ever seen these devices. In this video he shares his thoughts on them.

After you watch the video, tell us what you think! We would love to hear your opinions.
(Be kind, this is for exploration and entertainment.)

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Antiquity Echoes and Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital – NEW BOOK RELEASED!

I’d like to start off by stating that you can purchased a signed copy of the book at the following link: antiquityechoes.blogspot.com/p/greystone-park.html

Our friends, Rusty Tagliareni and Christina Mathews, over at Antiquity Echoes, had a touching message about Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital. Antiquity Echoes preserves vintage and decaying architecture and it’s surroundings through photography and videography (with wonderful melodic overtures on each video). You can view their youtube channel at the link below. Their aim is to “preserve, educate, and share. Consider the things found herein as small epitaphs to the often overlooked bits of history that lie rotting all around us.”

Recently, Rusty, had written a well thought and beautiful comment about Greystone that I wanted to share with our viewers.

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If EVPs are real, it is defying physics. A sound would have to be created from nothing and travel through the air loud enough to be recorded by a digital or analog device.

I asked MB how a sound could be generated from a ghost. His response is below:

MB: “Sound is also a form of energy – Sound needs a medium to travel through. If a ghost makes noise, it means that it has enough energy to form a sound wave which interacts with the molecules in the air to make a noise. What would generate it? No clue – same unknown thing as why ghosts would show in a form of light. We simply don’t know anything about it.”

What are your theories on how sound forms from nothing?


THE ORB: Properties an entity would need to be seen as light.


I asked MB a few questions pertaining to ORBS, which are commonly seen and often mistaken for dust. Though I have noticed some ORBS captured on infrared camcorders behave differently from fast, straight lined dust, I wanted to distinguish a difference between the two. MB has been answering all of my questions with very precise scientific explanations.


My questions were as followed:

  • If ghosts “appear” in UV or Infrared light, what properties would a spirit/entity have to possess (no pun intended) in order to form and be seen as light?
  •  Would an “orb”  be considered a photon? 
  • Would a ghost be creating a photon if it’s visible in let’s say Infrared?
  • What would a apparition be considered and how would that form through the laws of physics?

He had replied with the following answers:

“A photon is a particle which has no mass (also called a packet of energy) – light is both a wave and a particle. An orb can’t be a [*single] photon since the photon is unrecognizable small and only exists as model to explain the behavior of light the way we currently understand it. In physics some experiments prove light to be a wave and others that it behaves like a particle. That’s why the photon was created.

An orb is not defined in science, this goes into the area of pseudoscience. The orb to me is more a ball of light (you could say an accumulation of many, many photons) but unclear where it gets the energy from.

There is a natural phenomena of seeing lighting during a thunderstorm as round balls/orbs. It doesn’t occur often and it is not understood well why they form. Some suspect a mix of temperature/humidity/static conditions in the air could cause this.

Everything what your eye and/or the digital camera sensor sees relies on some sort of light and therefore photons. Remember when I told you the different wave lengths of light and differences in the energy of light what we define as UV, visible, and infrared light? So no matter in which kind of wavelength area a ghost would manifest, it would always be some sort of light (photons). It is just not clear where the energy comes from to make it visible. This is the tricky part to figure out!

Very hard to tell how an apparition would be fitting into the scientific patterns science serious science currently ignores that they exist in the first place. So I can’t explain how a ghost forms through the laws of physics and also not why and when. But I suspect – without having any proof for it! – that there is more than we are aware about.”

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MY NEXT QUESTIONS TO THE READERS….If I assume that the spirit orbs I see through infrared camcorders were made of many photons, would there be a device capable of powering the ability for photons to form? I know some have tried Tesla coils.

If you have any theories, please feel free to leave a comment.


*Words in italic have been added to clarify a statement.

Full Spectrum Cameras Cancel Out Wavelengths – Infrared Vs UltaViolet used in Ghost Hunting


I’ve met a lot of amazing people during my previous career as an event organizer in the camera and film industry. While creating workshops a few years back, I ran into a new instructor who was going to be teaching infrared photography. He was a scientist for a large company and infrared photography was his hobby.

This immediately gained my interest because at the time I had been watching “ghost hunting shows” for quite a bit. I had asked the instructor if he has ever found anything suspicious relating to the paranormal that he picked up on his infrared images.

We then began to discuss using “full spectrum” cameras. His response was very interesting because I remember him saying that Infrared and Ultraviolet “cancel” each other out. But this was a few years ago and I had forgotten much of the conversation.  I decided to write him recently to clarify. He has allowed me to present his explanation but would prefer to remain anonymous at this time.

Italic indicates that the text has been edited by me for clarification/definitions. 

TAZ: “I was wondering if I could interview you about infrared vs ultraviolet on the color spectrum. I remember you saying they cancel each other out and I would like to discuss further.”

MB: “Your question relates to a full spectrum converted camera. In this case the IR-blocking filter in front of the sensor is removed and only replaced by a glass plate.

Now the sensor is receptive to all wavelengths from 200-1500 nanometers (nm) wave length. 200-400 nm in UV, 400-700 nm is regular light (what our eyes can see), and above 700 nm is infrared.

Ghost hunters often claim to see ghosts best with a full spectrum converted camera. The issue here is that you get a mix of all kind of wavelengths in one photo or video stream – you might see everything but nothing!

It is much better to preselect the wavelength range which you consider most important to capture paranormal activity/ghosts. I read that those might be best seen in the UV, some claim in the infrared.

In any case you need to add filters in front of the lens to filter out the wavelengths which you don’t want to get on your sensor. So if you want to focus on the UV spectrum, you need to block everything above 400 nm. If you want infrared, you need a filter which blocks everything below 700 nm.

Full spectrum cameras might work, but as I pointed out earlier you get a big mix of wavelengths all at one which might not support clarity and interpretation of the image later.

What do you think? Leave a comment to discuss!