UFO and Cloud
It was a cloudy and somewhat stormy afternoon in September of '93 and I was in my car at Jacksonville Beach looking at cloud formations through my SLR camera. I happened to look at a hazy, nondescript cloud coming out of the northeast. Its movement and shape was different from the rest. I set my zoom lens to maximum at 300mm to get another view. Then this object came out of it bringing some haze with it. It was less a mile out and about forty degrees above the eastern horizon over the ocean. It hovered momentarily and my automatic focus locked on it. I immediately took the picture. By the time the shutter opened, the trail of haze clinging to and following the craft surrounded it. And, by the time the shutter had returned it was gone from view. I gave up the moment, 1/250 of a second I think, to the film that captured it. The whole sighting lasted about a second or two and was the only time that I had seen a UFO in daylight up until then. A second can make all the difference in the world sometimes. It's always been one second after another. And yes, I am capable of making mistakes. I also have no idea where it went.
Please let me try to clarify. I don't believe that this was any ordinary cloud. The cloud seemed like a grey haze from a distance. But, its movement was incongruous with the other clouds, and its shape much different. It moved in a straight direction, approximately northeast to south-southwest at about 15mph and stopped out over the ocean. And then I saw this classic disc-shaped object, a shiny silvery-grey in color with something like a dome in the center on top. It didn't seem very big. And if I had to guess, I'd say that it was less than fifty feet across. I figure only a few people could fit in it, but I had the impression that it was a single individual in control. It came flying out of the cloud in excess of 70mph, though I'm not sure of its speed, in about the same direction but about thirty degrees downward. It swooped to its right and up while slowing down, and then stopped in front of the cloud. That's when I took the picture. I could see it clearly before it stopped, but it had the effect like heat upon the atmosphere, roiling the air and kicking up mist and haze and distortion of light. I was somewhat dumbfounded. I was expecting to take another picture, but that was the last picture on the roll anyway. The cloud was still there though, moving away slowly. And, in this sighting I didn't hear any noise coming from it, just the sound of the surf.
I was disappointed myself when I saw my photo's results, knowing that
had I been just a little quicker I would have captured on film the clear
view that I had, unobstructed by the haze. The horizontal spotted streak
across the lower half was some dirt across the film from processing, but the more I tried
to clean the surface the more I scratched it. And, I didn't enhance either of
these scans. I only did the opposite, making it a bit more blurry by using
the dust filter in the first instance. It was more like what I saw, and I
doubted anyone would accept the dots and colorful patterns of the image on film. I
even felt a compulsion to destroy it. The first is the full frame of the
photo and was reduced from a much larger file for the image above. The second scan is a
close-up of the center section of the film, after I nearly destroyed it.
The film seems like it may have been irradiated or something. Some specks
of dust clung to it and could not be blown off. When I tried to clean off
that light spotted streak of dirt from processing, all the outer edges and
more disappeared leaving only the circle in the center. And, I made the
brightness of the color slightly more toned down in the second, toning
down the magenta and yellow. The second scan was focused a little
differently and brought out a different color aspect.
FOR A HIGHER RESOLUTION IMAGE:(From the second scan)
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