1. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

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  2. deirdre

    deirdre Moderator Staff Member

    it seems vaguely familiar. was it construction?

    reminds me of the kangaroo hunters in Crocodile Dundee (but since its the panhandle they are probably jack-a-lope hunting :) … is that politically incorrect to say?)
  3. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

  4. deirdre

    deirdre Moderator Staff Member

    is there a reason i'm missing to think the lights are up highish in the sky?. just first place I landed... there's a road at red line there behind the tree line.
  5. deirdre

    deirdre Moderator Staff Member

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  6. deirdre

    deirdre Moderator Staff Member

    oh.. after they show the uncanny similarities of atv type lights or lights on a boat, they decide to watch all night since it is a "ufo hot spot". and eventually they all ooh and aaahh over some light in the trees like yours. so maybe that's what you were showing.
  7. Z.W. Wolf

    Z.W. Wolf Senior Member

    It looks to me that this show is trying to get two Demos on board. They do some debunking, then hoax something "mysterious." So you've got just enough to intrigue skeptics, then tickle the true believers.
  8. Leifer

    Leifer Senior Member

    Looks like a few military flares, where their brightness is lighting-up their own smoke trails...
    ...and if you filmed it on a crappy camera (or good camera with the wrong settings).....
    (Mick, don't try this at home, to test it...;) )

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  9. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    I don't think so. It seems pretty clearly to be the lights of some vehicle (or maybe fixed lights with parallax)

    via GIPHY

    Source: https://giphy.com/gifs/kF05TG5rFpzRFv9vrT/html5

    It's bugging me, as I know this was discussed before, somewhere.
  10. Leifer

    Leifer Senior Member

    I suppose so.
    If you start watching from the beginning, it looks like a vehicle and is obvious.
    That should be the "teller" clue.
    But farther into the vid, it eventually looks like a fireball.
    This could be a combination of "bad camera" and wet tree foliage.

    Floridians are known for their trucks that can make it across mud and swamp brush.
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  11. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    So I went outside in the dark to try to duplicate it. Here's a bright light maybe 100 feet behind a pine tree, viewed from maybe 200 feet in front of it.
    Metabunk 2019-11-07 06-24-46.

    You get a fairly distinctive circular pattern of reflected lights.
    Metabunk 2019-11-07 06-27-32.

    Metabunk 2019-11-07 06-29-30.

    Metabunk 2019-11-07 06-30-05.

    Panorama from the back (makes the tree look closer)
    Metabunk 2019-11-07 06-32-01.
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  12. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    I think what would be needed to duplicate it better would be an out-of-focus camera and a wet tree.
  13. deirdre

    deirdre Moderator Staff Member

    and maybe a bit of fog.
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  14. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

  15. Leifer

    Leifer Senior Member

    Sums-up a lotta UFO stuff. :rolleyes:
    But for this one, you might need an assistant to run/walk the light(s) through the woods, and yes a substandard camera..
  16. div

    div New Member

    isn't it filmed by pointing camera at water?

    like this

    +shaky hands & not so calm water
  17. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    I don't think it's rippling enough. The movement of the sorrounding glares seems to just correlate with the movement of the light.

    I think I'll go chop a branch off a pine tree and stick it in my garage for some controlled experiments.
  18. Joe_the_Joe

    Joe_the_Joe New Member

    I can't tell how high off the ground or far away those lights are, but the arrangement makes me think farm equipment, likely a tractor or possibly a combine. Some older/"well-used" tractors (having driven a few like this) only have lights mounted on the cab and/or rear fender(s) and not on the nose. Also, I note that one of the light sources in the video (far right) seems to actually be a pair of lights and that the video does not seem to have audio which would likely be necessary to pass a tractor as a UFO at a closer range. A lot of the light effects seem to be scintillation from pine needles in the foreground.
  19. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    Metabunk 2019-11-07 11-07-13. Metabunk 2019-11-07 11-07-44.

    Metabunk 2019-11-07 11-13-51.

    The actual image is very dependant on the relative sizes of things. So it's hard to duplicate an exact version. But we do get the kind of swirling lights around the single larger lights. The scale here is probably way off though.
  20. deirdre

    deirdre Moderator Staff Member

    hang some plastic and fire up the humidifier, if you have one.

    add: you also might need to use a house plant. a pine needle is pretty opaque, I think the "smoke" is the light coming through leaves, not just between leaves. this is the direction the TV show is facing to do their filming.
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  21. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

  22. Leifer

    Leifer Senior Member

    In my urban area, I might be able to find an open-air parking garage with tree structure in the foreground....cars pull in and out at night, with lights on.
    I see palms in the orig video.
    I'm in So Cal near the coast.... with fog the last few days.
    I'll arm my cellphone arm.....try to get video.

    ....somewhere I have a point&shoot from 2009 or so.
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  23. Always like this one from an aesthetic point, I remember seeing it years ago. It started doing the rounds again recently, so I decided to stabilized it.

    After putting a bit of work into it I came across the same link that’s posted here. Since this video is double the resolution I would’ve had to redo all the work, so I put it on hold until now.

    Nothing too interesting to note.

    Although, as it was uploading I did notice some, previously still, branches start whipping around at about the 52 second mark.

  24. deirdre

    deirdre Moderator Staff Member

    I only see one frond bit that may be moving a bit. although it could also just be how the light play is changing the scene.

    I actually thought the photographer was moving to his right, but when i freeze frame a bunch of snips and look at them side by side, i think that too is just the light play mimicking movement of the photographer.
  25. Both to the left and right of your highlight:

    via GIPHY

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  26. Matt33

    Matt33 New Member

    Yes, I think it was about night harvest. Those glares might be dust lit by the spotlights.
  27. jarlrmai

    jarlrmai Member

    Here's Youtube video showing farm equipment at night moving behind trees, the pace seems similar.

    Source: https://youtu.be/O8cXuQBYD6E?t=18

    Could it be raining a bit in the original video? That along with the trees would create some interesting glare.
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  28. scombrid

    scombrid Senior Member

    Makes me think of a scene from a 2001 episode of Midsomer Murders. People were getting electrocuted and the UFO crop circle crowd was all abuzz. Round about the 25:30 mark in the show the detectives are driving a road at night and happen upon scary lights. DCI Barnaby was unfazed. :)

    Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tYoT-9BaWU
  29. deirdre

    deirdre Moderator Staff Member

    drive with more consideration!? DCI Barnaby obviously hasn't seen Children of the Corn or Scarecrow.
  30. Not quite sure what I was after here, but maybe sometimes I just need to take a longer walk around.

    Probably should have taken more time to tighten things up, but in any case, the swirling effect does seem most apparent and prevalent when the lights go behind the most obviously dense foliage.

  31. Fin

    Fin Member

    I'm sticking with my first guess on this one: Its a train.

    A - the linear direction of movement
    B - the light configuration
    C - the speed
    D - the fact the videographer removed the audio

    So I studied footage of trains at night, and also found the same flaring, rippling light glare effect (no need for branches, suggests its a lens thing)...

    Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rftl6XoDq0
  32. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    I think a combination. If you boost the levels on the Florida video you can see the weird surrounding glares correspond with branches. But the way it kind of swirls is similar to your train video.

    Knowing the camera used in either case would be useful.
  33. deirdre

    deirdre Moderator Staff Member

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