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Sighting Reports 2008

Interesting Photo of Airborne Object Taken in N. New Mexico

Photo of Object. Object is Circled in Photo.
Photo of Object. Object is Circled in Photo.

Sharpened, Enhanced Photo of Object.
Sharpened, Enhanced Photo of Object.

Map Showing Location of Sighting.
Angel Fire is About 100 MI NE of Santa FE

Date of Sighting: October 7, 2008
Time of Sighting: Noon MDT
Date Sighting Reported: October 12, 2008
Duration of Sighting: Object Discovered in Photo
Location of Sighting: Angel Fire, New Mexico (See Map)
Latitude: 36.39 Degrees North
Longitude: 105.29 Degrees West
Number of Witnesses: Object Discovered in Photo
Weather: Photo Shows That Skies Were Clear.

Description: I was near the end of shooting about 300 photos of local autumn scenery and stopped at a friend's house to shoot a panoramic view of the Moreno Valley I knew could be seen from his main deck. As I was returning to my car, I noticed a flower pot on another small deck which juts out from the living room of his house about 12-15 feet above the driveway. The flowers hanging over the pot looked pretty against the bright blue cloudless sky, so I shot four pictures in a row of them, from about 20 feet away, using a telephoto lens. (The first shot was a "single;" the next three were a "burst.") The shots were aimed up toward the sky, slightly north, but mostly to the west. There were no clouds in the sky and there was no wind.

I noticed a "spot" in photo one (of the four I shot of that scene) when quickly scanning through the photos as I transferred them from my camera to my computer. Since I hadn't noticed anything in the sky when I shot the photo, I thought maybe the "spot" resulted from a "glitch" in the camera. I made a copy of the photo at full size and enlarged it in Photoshop, then enlarged the section with the "spot" in it again and "enhanced" it using the Photoshop Unsharp Mask filter at the following settings: Amount-500; Radius-25; Threshold-15. In the enlarged enhanced view, the "spot" appeared to be a solid object, and not the result of a camera malfunction. The object appears appears golden/golden-red in color and to have sled-type runners or pontoons attached to its underside. It I checked and rechecked the other three photos of the same scene and found no trace of the object in any of them.

I mentally retraced my activities to determine the time when I shot the photo and then did test shots with the same camera to determine the amount of time which elapsed between the first and last photos in the scene (five seconds).

Comments: It is evident that the witness is a competent photographer given the report and analysis that she performed on the "anomalous" photo. Given her report and analysis I have no explanation for the object in the photo. (Per report above the witness did not see the object.) The photos were taken with a Fujifilm Finepix S100FS digital camera with a maximum resolution of 11.1 mega-pixels. This is a high-end camera with many advanced features.