I recently received this photo, from amateur ghost hunter Marie (pictured in the center of the photo, holding an EMF reader), which was taken on tour this was taken at the Moon River Brewing Company). There are several so-called orbs present in the photo, both between Marie and myself (yep, that's me, with my ever-trusty Savannah Fest beer) and down the hallway.
Marie and I had a long conversation via email regarding orbs. I get a lot of questions regarding this phenomenon, so I thought I'd address it here.
I cannot say for certain what an orb is, definitively. But for a novel approach let's focus on what an orb is NOT, for a change. Many people claim that they are electromagnetic spirit energy manifesting or being captured by the camera. I for one discount this theory for a number of reasons. Please notice Marie's EMF reader. It isn't going off. If this was some sort of energy source, her EMF reader would be going crazy, but it isn't.
I also don't believe that these are some sort of electromagnetic phenomena because there isn't a substantiated method for proving that ANY electromagnetic field can be captured on traditional or digital film that way. If that were true , any photo of a human being would be covered in orbs, not even mentioning every electrical outlet, refrigerator or fuse box captured on film.
Conversely, many skeptics say that these are reflections on the lens, moisture or something airborne (pollen, dust, etc.). I don't believe this to be true in every case, because orbs show up in both conventional and digital photos, and in all conceivable lighting condition, flash or no flash. There are also photos of orbs which appear *behind* solid objects. That'd be one big piece of dust!
So what do we know about orbs? We know that *something* strange is going on, but we don't know exactly what. Some of these orb photos are explainable, but not all.
And it is VERY interesting that many seem to be showing up in areas reputed to be haunted.