Mystery as Scots couple capture spooky green figure on camera

By | October 26, 2012

Gary and Amanda Linney said the strange figure was spotted running away from their cottage as they
experimented with a new camera.

Little green man photo by Amanda Linney

The bizarre snaps emerged just days after another family claimed to have filmed a UFO floating above their house about 25 miles away.

Former policeman Gary, 52, said there was no explanation for the figure.

He said: "It looks like a little green man running. It just disperses into the surface of the road.

"If you look closely, you can see a head. It's very surreal. I was a policeman and a pilot for 20 years and have never seen anything like this before." ….

Dad-of-three Gary said: "This wasn't a reflection. We live in two old cottages and my children have seen orbs floating around and heard footsteps. It's usually around the staircase."Amanda Linney picked up an unusual light with her camera

Amanda, 45, said staff at their hotel — which is also thought to be haunted — suggested the ghostly figure may have come from there.

She said: "I have no idea what it was. We have used the same setting, taken photos in the same location and in different locations and nothing has appeared again.

"We have experienced a lot of strange things since we took over the place two years ago so the staff think something spooky had followed me home that night."

Last week, Morag Ritchie, of Fraserburgh, told how she was woken in the night by flashing lights outside her house.

The 50-year-old claimed several members of her family saw a UFO. Her daughter Cara's fiance, Scott Bower filmed footage on his phone.

A Ministry of Defence spokeswoman could not explain the sighting and Grampian Police said there had been no reports of lights in the sky.

via Mystery as Scots couple capture spooky green figure on camera – Daily Record.

The green is a lens flare from the strong white light (partially cut off in this photo) nearer to the camera. You can imagine a head if that’s more fun for you, however. 😉

I believe Amanda Linney is holding a Sony Alpha SLT-A65 DSLR Digital Camera with a different zoom lens attachment, but the body looks like this:

Here is a similar green lens flare from a white light source (in this case the sun):

Update: Most strong light sources are round, so most lens flares are round, but the flare will be the same shape as the light. In this photo the light in the foreground is a vertical bar. Here is an example of a horizontal bar light making a horizontal lens flare:


Another thing to note is that zoom lenses cause more flares because they have more parts to cause reflections within the camera.

The sentence “Gary and Amanda Linney said the strange figure was spotted running away from their cottage as they experimented with a new camera,” is misleading.

They didn’t claim to spot a strange figure with their eyes, only when looking at photos they took, the way I read it.

7 thoughts on “Mystery as Scots couple capture spooky green figure on camera

  1. Fred Killer

    Lens flares are usually radial but it’s a possible circumferential, if that’s possible.

    I would ask why the couple describe the figure as running away?

    A static image discovered after the event would not lead to such language unless they saw ‘it’ actually running away, surely?

  2. Nathaniel

    Sad that such silly and pointless stuff like this makes news. (I know it’s not your news, Xeno, I mean in general).

    1. Xeno Post author

      It’s a trivial story, but an example that is useful to help people think critically.

      Which is more likely, a green glowing being or a lens flare? Where is the photo with the exact same camera and lens from the exact same location at the same time at night showing a lack of lens flare ? What was the point (subject) of the photograph in the first place?

      Perhaps if we learn, in general, to ask the right questions we won’t hold as many unfounded superstitious beliefs, and we won’t be as often ruled by tyrants, tricked into wars or poisoned by industry profiteers.

  3. Michael

    Fog or dust appears in the photo at that spot (have a look).
    (Fog OR Dust) + Green Astronomy Laser = Floating Green Spot

    1. Xeno Post author

      Thanks, yes, a green laser pointer is another reasonable explanation that would need to be ruled out before glowing green beings.

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