Black Triangle UFO - (March 2010) Greenville, South Carolina [Original Report]
PLEASE NOTE: This is the first of two Blog posts with the second part to follow shortly, this is due to several factors with the main one being the space constraints when posting information such as this to a Blog, however I am alsocurrently waiting for replies to emails I sent out a couple of days ago, and whilst the replies are not really essential to posting further research they would be a great help in being able to state definitively the correlations between these recent images and much, much earlier ones which were alleged to be of a suspect nature.
A little over a week ago back on the 18th March (2010) UFOCasebook (as well as apparently a couple of other websites) published two images of a black triangle captured with an unusually high quality and claimed to have been photographed two days earlier on the 16th March.
It would seem that the ‘witness' emailed several UFO-related websites (I am still awaiting a definite confirmation for this) but it first came to my attention when UFOCasebook published the witness account & images in their entirety:
Compelling Photographs of Triangle Taken over Greenville, South Carolina
Published: 8:55 AM 3/18/2010
Greenville, SC - 03-16-10
On March 16, 2010... I saw a bright red light coming from a distance. I thought that maybe an airline plane was on fire, and grabbed my camera. Instead, it was a large triangle plane with a very bright, red strobe in the center of it, (almost like it was on fire). It seemed to be climbing in altitude. By the time I went to the backyard, it already entered the clouds and was gone!
This happened in Greenville, South Carolina at 8:03 PM.
Here are the two images greatly reduced in size so click on the respective mage to see the original size photographs as posted by UFOCasebook.com:
Image/s source: UFOCasebook.com
Upon request the images were quickly supplied as received by B.J. Booth at UFOCasebook complete with metadata intact, and as you can see from the EXIF data there was a time lapse of 13 seconds in between capturing them:
In the following images I've left the pole just in shot so you can differentiate between the two images (i.e. one on the right and one on the left side of the pole/support which is centred in the image) and I tried to clean them up a little and here they are lightly filtered and enlarged:
And a couple of quick animations to give an idea of the distance the object travelled (as stated by the witness) which are unfortunately too large to post so:
- Click here for the first animation created using the pole/support as a fixed point.
- Click here for the second animation but this time using the trees on the far left of the image as the fixed point.
And finally after a cursory check with a more powerful EXIF tool (snoop) it would appear that the image if tampered with (post-processing) was then subsequently edited to remove any trace of this as there doesn't seem to be any (obvious) digital remnants which would indeed suggest the image had been modified:
ASSESSMENT: Class 3 - Image has high probability of being original
However and for all there was no conflicting evidence contained within the embedded data when I looked at the original images they screamed fake to me, but I fear I am not really proficient enough when it comes to CG to say definitively or specifically if or why that's what they are. This is partly why I resorted to analysing the data that accompanied the image (although this is usually first on my ‘to do' list anyway) a task which I pursued to see if there were any discrepancies between this image and other known images from the same camera/settings, be that in the actual image or the hidden data that accompanies it. I do appreciate and understand that it is possible (although more difficult than people may realise) to manually edit the EXIF and then remove all traces of the process. By this I mean edit the image in such a fashion that when finished the jpeg compression tables as well as chrominance and several other tables all of which are embedded in the image by default (when first digitized) appear exactly as they do in images known not to have been altered.
I have come across the data being removed to further a deception prior to this but not in the same way as those images were suspected of being hoaxes because the embedded was stripped of a couple of fields that would have betrayed any manipulation, but to date and after having checked several images from the same camera model there have been no discrepancies at all contained within the embedded metadata.
So, back to the images and when I looked at them the circular flame section just looks unreal, artificial, almost as if superimposed onto the triangular objects:
Actually it instantly reminded me of the devil/hell scenes in SouthPark where they (intentionally!!) have a similar kind of cheap-looking computer generated flame effect:
So in short while the actual photographs while decent are not really exceptional and don't have *that* much realism about them, a prime example of which being the synthetic-looking flame effect, but also just how the object/s appear against the sky or more specifically it doesn't appear to sit right in neither the sky or the photograph.
So this is what really got me interested in the first place, i.e. that there seems to be an inconsistency between what the evidence shows and what the embedded data in the image tells us and it piqued my interest enough to research the background of the images a little further.
And after researching the images/witness account or more importantly contrasting and comparing with several earlier reports (from a couple of years ago) some interesting and arguably quite damning similarities regarding certain aspects of this report (& witness) turned up.
However, as explained at the top of this post due to waiting for more information (via email) and because of the inevitable space constraints when posting information such as this to a Blog, I will post the second part of any relevant research and/or information within the next couple of days…..