UFO : [UFO Photographed Over Mammoth Mountain Area In CA]
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UFO Photographed Over Mammoth Mountain Area In CA
From Michael Horn <mhorn@...>
Enclosed please find three photos (one photo and two enlargements) of an
unidentified (flying?) object. These were taken recently in Mammoth, CA,
by Mr. Ron Reznick, a computer tech and professional photographer. To date
the object has not been identified. As certain questions as to the
authenticity of the photo(s) is sure to come into question, I am including
a statement from Ron that he emailed to me as well as the web address
where he displays his various photos. Unlike me, he has no particular
interest in UFO's and such. So, while I'm happy that he got the
picture...I'm also just a little bit jealous!
Sincerely, Michael Horn
Ron's letter in response to questions regarding the possibility of
defects or hoax:
The camera is a Nikon D1... a very professional $5000 digital SLR. The
lens is a new Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D AF-S EDIF in perfect condition. This
is without doubt one of the world's finest wide-angle lenses and is a very
expensive lens (I paid $1500 for it a few days before the trip) -- it is
most certainly the best wide angle zoom lens available, and I have tested
it against a 24mm f/2.8D Nikkor, which is also recognized as one of the
few very exceptional wide angle prime lenses.
The quality is nearly as good as the prime. There are most certainly no
defects in either the camera or the lens. The original image was shot RAW
(.nef format). The unique characteristic of this format is that it is a
12-bit raw data dump from the CCD, and is only capable of being written by
the D1's CCD (charge-coupled device) imager -- it cannot be written or
edited by external software. The RAW format is accepted as evidence by
courts, whereas any other format can be altered.
The object is in the original image, and can be easily seen when the .nef
file is opened in a decoder. The only editing I did on that image was to
remove some spots in the clouds caused by dust specks on the CCD that were
acquired during lens changes -- this is an unavoidable problem with any
interchangeable-lens camera. I was on top of that mountain to shoot
scenics, and I shot a number of images from that general area.
The object shows up in none of the other images, but I did not shoot
exactly that area more than that one time. I did not notice the object
until I got home and started processing the images. I had no reason to add
it or invent the object, and even if I did I could not alter the RAW image
file if I wanted to. The original RAW .nef file is available for testing
by anyone as long as my image copyright is respected.
Believe me when I say that I know enough about cameras and most certainly
enough about lenses that if something like this showed up in my images I
would notice right away.
I have shot well in excess of 30,000 pictures in the last 9 months. I am a
fairly experienced photographer...