Wednesday, May 26, 2010

May 24 - Yarnbury Castle, nr Winterbourne Stoke, Wiltshire. Reported 16th May‏

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simple filter inversion test for applied pressure (line quality and depth of shading) in three crop pictures made from oilseed rape during May of 2010

The 2010 crop circle season has already been marked with controversy, over whether three new crop pictures which appeared at Old Sarum on May 5, Stonehenge on May 9 and Yarnbury Castle on May 15 might be paranormally real or human-made fakes? Experienced field investigators such as Andrew Pyrka, Paul Jones and Janet Ossebaard have not yet reached any clear consensus on this issue. Some people have commented that the third formation at Yarnbury Castle, which appeared close to a car park and a newly cut fence, looked “messier on the ground” than the other two, but no definitive conclusions have yet been reached.

In order to examine the photographic evidence with more rigour, we downloaded high-quality aerial images of all three formations, then used Adobe Photoshop to “invert” their bright yellow colours into purple, so that details of line quality and depth of shading could be seen more clearly. Some of our preliminary results are shown below:

On the left above, we can see uniformly tidy lines, and uniformly even depth of shading, across the entire Stonehenge formation of May 9, 2010. Whereas on the right above, we can see many untidy lines, and quite uneven depth of shading, at many places within the Yarnbury formation of May 15, 2010. Some of those variable features have been marked with small yellow arrows. Such details will depend to some extent on ambient lighting, and quality of the original photograph, but by studying a series of independently taken photographs, a quantitative judgment can possibly be made.

Two further examples are shown in the next slide below:

There we can see quite tidy lines, and fairly even shading, throughout both crop pictures at Old Sarum of May 5 or Stonehenge on May 9. Please note that the Stonehenge photograph studied here is entirely different from the one studied in a previous slide above.

The clear implications of this preliminary analysis would be that “laying down of the crop” was performed in a highly tidy fashion at both Old Sarum and Stonehenge, by applied uniform pressure from above. Yet at Yarnbury Castle, the applied pressure was seemingly far less uniform, consistent perhaps with a mechanical means of construction. Further inspection of Yarnbury with this analysis in mind may perhaps reveal the precise reasons for its variable and/or mottled appearance.

CMM Research

P.S. We would like to thank Lucy Pringle, Chris Bird and Steve Alexander for use of the photographs studied here.

P.S.S. There may also be certain mathematical criteria to distinguish paranormally-real crop pictures from human-made fakes, but those will be kept in reserve for future controversies. Also, it remains unclear whether this new filter inversion test will be of any value for green or brown crops such as barley or wheat.

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How to Digitally Record/Video a UFO sighting:

Como registar digitalmente ou gravar um vídeo de um avistamento de um UFO:

Stabilize the camera on a tripod. If there is no tripod, then set it on top of a stable, flat surface. If that is not possible lean against a wall to stabilize your body and prevent the camera from filming in a shaky, unsteady manner.

Estabilize a camera com um tripé. Se não tiver um tripé, então coloque-a em cima de uma superfície estável. Se não for possível, então encoste-se a uma parede para estabilizar o corpo e evitar que a camera registe de maneira tremida e instável.

Provide visual reference points for comparison. This includes the horizon, treetops, lampposts, houses, and geographical landmarks (i.e., Horsetooth Reservoir, Mt. Adams, etc.) Provide this in the video whenever is appropriate and doesn’t detract from what your focus is, the UFO.

Forneça pontos visuais de referência para comparação. Isso inclui o horizonte, cimo das árvores, postes de iluminação, pontos de referência geográficos (como o Reservatório de Horsetooth, Mone Adams, etc) Forneça esses pontos no vídeo sempre que for apropriado e não se distraia do que é o seu foco, o UFO/a Nave.

Narrate your videotape. Provide details of the date, time, location, and direction (N,S,E,W) you are looking in. Provide your observations on the weather, including approximate temperature, windspeed, any visible cloud cover or noticeable weather anomalies or events. Narrate on the shape, size, color, movements, approximate altitude of the UFO, etc and what it appears to be doing. Also include any unusual physical, psychological or emotional sensations you might have. Narrate any visual reference points on camera so they correlate with what the viewer will see, and thereby will be better able to understand.

Faça a narração do vídeo. Forneça pormenores sobre a data, hora, local e direcção (Norte, Sul, Este, Oeste) que está a observar. Faça observações sobre as condições atmosféricas, incluindo a temperatura aproximada, velocidade do vento, quantidade de nuvens, anomalias ou acontecimentos meteorológicos evidentes. Descreva a forma, o tamanho, a cor, os movimentos, a altitude aproximada onde se encontra o UFO/nave, etc e o que aparenta estar a fazer. Inclua também quaisquer aspectos pouco habituais de sensações físicas, psicológicas ou emocionais que possa ter. Faça a narração de todos os pontos de referência visual que o espectador irá ver e que, deste modo, será capaz de compreender melhor.

Be persistent and consistent. Return to the scene to videotape and record at this same location. If you have been successful once, the UFO sightings may be occurring in this region regularly, perhaps for specific reasons unknown, and you may be successful again. You may also wish to return to the same location at a different time of day (daylight hours) for better orientation and reference. Film just a minute or two under “normal” circumstances for comparison. Write down what you remember immediately after. As soon as you are done recording the experience/event, immediately write down your impressions, memories, thoughts, emotions, etc. so it is on the record in writing. If there were other witnesses, have them independently record their own impressions, thoughts, etc. Include in this exercise any drawings, sketches, or diagrams. Make sure you date and sign your documentation.

Seja persistente e não contraditório. Volte ao local da cena e registe o mesmo local. Se foi bem sucedido uma vez, pode ser que nessa região ocorram avistamentos de UFOs/naves com regularidade, talvez por razões específicas desconhecidas, e talvez possa ser novamente bem sucedido. Pode também desejar voltar ao mesmo lugar a horas diferentes do dia (durante as horas de luz)para ter uma orientação e referência melhor. Filme apenas um ,inuto ou dois em circunstâncias “normais” para ter um termo de comparação. Escreva tudo o que viu imediatamente após o acontecimento. Logo após ter feito o registo da experiência/acontecimento, escreva imediatamente as impressões, memórias, pensamentos, emoções, etc para que fiquem registadas por escrito. Se houver outras testemunhas, peça-lhes para registar independentemente as suas próprias impressões, pensamentos, etc. Inclua quaisquer desenhos, esbolos, diagramas. Certifique-se que data e assina o seu documento/testemunho.

Always be prepared. Have a digital camera or better yet a video camera with you, charged and ready to go, at all times. Make sure you know how to use your camera (and your cell phone video/photo camera) quickly and properly. These events can occur suddenly, unexpectedly, and often quite randomly, so you will need to be prepared.

Esteja sempre preparado, Tenha sempre uma camera digital, melhor ainda, uma camera vídeo consigo, carregada e pronta a usar sempre que necessário. Certifique-se que sabe como lidar com a sua camera (ou com o seu celular/camera fotográfica) rápida e adequadamente. Esses acontecimentos podem acontecer súbita e inesperadamente e, por vezes, acidentalmente, por isso, necessita estar preparado.

Look up. Be prepared. Report. Share.

Olhe para cima, Esteja preparado, Relate, Partilhe.



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