For this entry of The FauX-Files, parapsychology researcher Sarah Harmon sent us an image making the rounds on the interwebs, along with one sent to psychic Ericka Boussarhane as "evidence."
Take a look:
|A "ghost photo" circulating on the Internet|
|A photo sent to Boussarhane as "evidence"|
Says Harmon, "The doctored photo [featuring Boussarhane herself] is literally two images layered in Photoshop and then the edges of the 'ghost' are blurred away by the 'erase' tool set on blur 37%. You adjust the opacity of the layer to a ghostly film and then merge the two, do some burning of the details of the ghost and voila!"
|Sarah Harmon's admittedly doctored photo of Boussarhane|
|Carla "MonkeyGirl" submission from a Droid app|
Well that reminded me of two recent "ghost photo" news stories that were covered, seriously, by news outlets that ended up being the result of the Ghosts Don't Exist movie tie-in "Ghost Capture" iPhone apps. The first was from last February when a construction worker who pranked The Sun newspaper in Great Britain with a picture of a "ghost boy" at a work site. The other is from The Lufkin Daily News in Texas that reported on an image which appeared to be a woman's mother-in-law in her bathroom.
Both of these images are just some of the ghost options available on the app. They include:
There you have it, you too can fake a ghost pic for all occasions with relative ease. So, for instance, you're hanging out in Gettysburg with a friend and Abraham Lincoln, and need a gentleman or Civil War ghost ...