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Sighting Reports 2008

Strange Object Shows Up in Background of Photo

Object & Enlargement.
Object & Enlargement.
(Enlargement Has Been Sharpened by Photo Editing Software.)

Chilcoot is Near The Nevada Border About 20 Miles Northwest of Reno.
Chilcoot is Near The Nevada Border About 20 Miles Northwest of Reno.

Date of Sighting: September 7, 2008
Time of Sighting: 2:37 PM PDT
Date Sighting Reported: December 24, 2008
Duration of Sighting: Object Not Seen. Only Discovered in Photo.
Location of Sighting: Near Chilcoot, California (See Map)
Latitude: 39.8 Degrees North
Longitude: 120.14 Degrees West
Number of Witnesses: One
Weather: Photo Shows That Skies Were Clear.

Description: I did not see or hear anything. The object just showed up on my photo while taking pictures of this old school house. I wanted to know what it is. Do you have any information on what this is? The object is located in the upper right hand corner. The photo was taken with a Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi Camera. (This is a high end camera. It is a SLR (Single Lens Reflex) camera and has a maximum resolution of 10.1 megapixels.)

Additional Information Provided by Witness: Yes the time is 2:37 PM and I was facing in a westerly direction. The Sun would have been southwest of me. I took several pictures of the school. This is the only one that the object appeared in. Thank you and let me know if I can give you any other information

Comments: Upon first glance at the photo I thought that the object could have been an "out-of-focus" insect. However, enlargement and enhancement (increasing sharpness) does not reveal that this is a likely explanation. The photo was taken towards the west and the Sun is visible in the upper center of the photo (by the wires). At my request the witness sent three other photos taken of the school in the same session within about one minute of the above photo. The object does not show up in any of these other photos. The shutter speed of the camera was 1/160 seconds in all of the photos. The fact that the object was not visible could be explained by the fact that it was moving very fast and could only be detected by the camera with the "quick shutter speed." Also the fact that the object was not visible in the other photos eliminates camera anomalies and reflections.

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