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Sighting Reports 2009

Photos of Two Flying Saucers Taken by Woman From Apartment

Photo and Blowup of Two Flying Saucers With Rainbow in Background.
Photo and Blowup of Two Flying Saucers With Rainbow in Background.
(Photos Taken Eastward From Apartment Balcony)

Photo Taken of Rainbow About Two Minutes Before Above Photo.
Photo Taken of Rainbow About Two Minutes Before Above Photo.
(This is Indicative That Flying Saucers Are Not Camera Anomaly.)

Issaquah is About 20 Miles East-Southeast of Downtown Seattle.
Issaquah is About 20 Miles East-Southeast of Downtown Seattle.

Date of Sighting: April or May, 2006 (Exact Date Unknown)
Time of Sighting: 3 to 4 PM PDT
Location of Sighting: Issaquah, Washington (See Map)

Description: The witness was taking photos of rain showers towards the Cascade Mountains to the East. She was captivated by the rainbow and wanted to take a photo. She took a total of four photos. The first photo shows the rainbow. The second (taken about 2 minutes later) shows the two flying saucer objects. (The other two photos are not shown, but only show the rainbow.) She did not notice the flying saucers until downloading the photos to her computer. She only recently discovered the saucers in her photos when she downloaded old photos taken from the past 2 to 3 years.

Note: I interviewed the witness in person and have no reason to suspect that the photos were hoaxed. (The witness did not have the knowledge to email the photos from her computer so she presented them to me in person via hard copies from her printer.) Subsequently the witness obtained some technical assistance from a friend and emailed the digital copies of the photos to me. Four photos were taken within a five minute period. Only one photo shows the saucers. If these photos are authentic, they are some of the best that I have ever seen of unknown flying objects. The photos were taken with a Nikon Coolpix 775 digital camera. The maximum resolution of this camera is 2 mega-pixels. So how do we explain these photos? The photos are not reflections from window glass because all photos were taken outside. (The witness remarked that it was quite cool.) Also why did the objects only show up in one photo? There is no discernable change in lighting in any of the four photos. (Only two photos are shown in this report.) Could the saucers be a reflection of the sun off of the wet pavement? I don't think so! Perhaps the saucers could have not been visible to the naked eye, but were detected by the digital camera in the "near infrared." What the heck these just might be photos of flying saucers!

Update - February 1, 2009: Further discussion with the witness has led to some "doubt" that the witness was outside when all of the photos were taken. However, the witness said that the curtains were normally drawn on the glass door mounted in the entry way to the deck where she took the pictures. (This is suggestive that she was outside when the photos were taken.) She also said that she has no light fixtures or lamps that resemble the saucers and she would not have had the lights on at that time of the day. Plans are underway to take some photos from the same location and see if a "reflection effect" can be replicated. Updates will be posted.

Update - Comments Received Regarding Photos:

Here are my thoughts on this photo series:
1. There is "siding" on the right side of the photo with the objects. If you can get inside the apartment and look at the window configuration, you should be able to tell if it is inside or not.  The apartment manager might be able to help by looking at the photo, while some apartments have virtual tours or other pictures posted on their website. Rentals would maintain a certain standard that would not be modified including ceiling and hanging dining lamps, that might give clues?
2. I see no dirt or other reflective objects that would give away a window shot. These objects would be seen in all of the photos.
3. Did the picture taker use a flash? If she still has the camera, she might consider going outside on a similar day and shooting a couple of photos to see if the flash goes off, for any automatic settings.  
  • A 2 megapixel camera is very low tech, finding the user guide might also give us this information, as this is a point and shoot digital camera.  
  • Note: I started taking photos with a 2 megapixel camera, these objects have much more definition than any objects I pictured with that technology.
4. Observations:
  • The photo with the objects is closer to the rainbow than the first photo. 
  • The objects are not mirror images of each other.
  • The objects are not close to the picture taker.
Note: I have taken hundreds of pictures of sun spots. However, in this case the sun was not directly shining on the camera/picture taker.  I do not believe these are sun spots, they would show up as a repetitious pattern in the photo series.   I have never taken a picture of sun spot that looked like these objects. Sun spots are not multi toned in compartment style layers like these objects.
5.  Most unknown