1. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    Metabunk 2018-08-21 09-29-46.

    The above photo (on the left) is being shared as evidence of "Directed Energy Weapons" starting forest fires. Of course it's just a streak of light caused by the sun (which you can see is just off the top of the image). But it's not really, as some people have said a "lens flare". It's caused by streaks of grease on the lens cover. These form little ridges which refract and reflect the light perpendicular to them and create a streak of light perpendicular to the streaks of grease. I've duplicated it, above on the right. And here's a video explaining how I did that (basically wipe the lens on your iPhone with your finger, especially just after rubbing your nose)

    Source: https://youtu.be/it1s7gFRgDE

    Here's a close-up of the streaks on the lens cover that made the best streak I got:
    Metabunk 2018-08-21 10-02-23.

    In a wider context you can see the streaks are horizontal. This makes the streak/beam vertical
    Metabunk 2018-08-21 10-04-17.

    Here's the camera that took those close-ups
    Metabunk 2018-08-21 10-05-25.

    The phenomenon is similar to streaks you see sometimes on a dirty car windshield.
    Metabunk 2018-08-21 10-00-22.

    The original photo came from the official Twitter site for the Klamath National Forest on May 24, 2018

    Source: https://twitter.com/Klamath_NF/status/999703352748355585
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2018
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  2. Trailblazer

    Trailblazer Moderator Staff Member

    Dane Wigington of Geoengineering Watch (who believes many conspiracy theories but not the DEW theory), claimed that the photo in question had been manipulated:


    However it is pretty clear that the version without the "beam" is lower resolution, and also appears to have some suspiciously blurred areas where the beam has been removed.

    Dane seems to have removed this claim from his site at although it is still present on a mirrored version at http://www.opensourcetruth.com/geoengineering-is-fueling-firestorm-catastrophes-2/.
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  3. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    That's an interesting change - conspiracy theorists editing photos to make them LESS suspicious.

    Although I see that Dane's theory was that the Forest service was putting out the image to promote the DEW theories to distract from the Geoengineering Theories?
    Interesting article by Dane, as it illustrates his demarcation line. He spends some times debunking a variety of conspiracy theories because he feels they are disinformation designed to discredit his own theories. He actually gives some great explanations for things like houses burning instead of trees, and trees burning from the inside out.
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  4. vooke

    vooke Active Member

  5. Trailblazer

    Trailblazer Moderator Staff Member

    That looks more like a CCD overloading artifact than a lens effect: when the sun is in the frame, it is too bright for the camera sensor and so the charge spills over into the rest of the row of charge receptors.

    Wikpedia explains:

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  6. deirdre

    deirdre Moderator Staff Member

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  7. Trailblazer

    Trailblazer Moderator Staff Member

  8. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    That rolling shutter effect only occurs with short flashes of light, it's very well defined, and is usually in the long direction.

    You'd just need a similar old camera and point it at the sun. The purple (magenta) usually comes from the sensor's distribution of Red, Green, and Blue sensors. Light turns magenta when you have less green. The iPhone 5 was notorious for it. Here's the color showing up in ordinary light streaks/flare.

    Metabunk 2018-08-23 09-34-18.
    Source: https://www.dpreview.com/news/2060855099/apple-acknowledges-iphone-5-lens-flare

    The tractor footage looks like it's from a camera older than the iPhone 5, and the beam is coming from sensor overloading, not an optical (lens) effect).
  9. deirdre

    deirdre Moderator Staff Member

    it is very well defined and in the long direction in those few frames. I was thinking when the sun hit the excavator blade just right it did produce a short flash of light.
  10. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    "Short" here is like 1/1000th of a second for a beam like that. Plus it's in the wrong direction.

    I think theoretically it could be possible though. Like if you were to video the sun through a fan or propellor. Hmm....
  11. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    Waving my hand in front of the sun as fast as I could gives an occasional rolling shutter artifact

    Metabunk 2018-08-23 10-31-45.
    It's only a split though, to get a line you would have to had a very short flash on/off. Possibly under some circumstances with a very fast moving large object in front of the sun with a small gap.
  12. deirdre

    deirdre Moderator Staff Member

    Mick just explained to me that "long direction" means the long edge of the photo.. so landscape shots would have horizontal beams, not vertical. so yea, rolling shutter doesn't seem to play into that video.
  13. vooke

    vooke Active Member

    Sorry for derailing the thread @Mick West , there’s a sect that caught this purplish beam in another clip and are now claiming that it is ‘fire of Elijah’. So an old camera with messed up primary colors sensors does the trick. Here’s the clip

    Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewPkvI5lttY
    Last edited: Aug 23, 2018
  14. derrick06

    derrick06 Active Member

    Im super late on reading this but it came in handy in a recent discussion. Thanks for posting Mick!