ITC experiments using Light Reflected from Water
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As Margaret Downey explains her experimental set-up, "I have a Canon PowerShot A75 Digital camera. It allows me to do thirty seconds of video at a time. I leave it on the highest resolution (640 x 480 pixels). For effects, I use the function button to set the camera to shoot in sepia (a brownish tone), tungsten (which makes it blue), and black and white. I also do a session using just normal settings.
"The experiments are done on my stove and the setup is very basic. The light in the stove hood is used as the light source. Then depending on my whim, I will use a black pot filled about half way with water or a translucent, amber colored Vision CorningWare pot half filled with water which I set either directly on the stove top or I suspend in the empty black pot. (editor: Margaret has joked that her Vision CorningWare pot really should be called Visionware!)
"I hold the video camera in my right hand and wiggle my left fingers in the water while I record the ripples. I get better results if I use my fingers rather than using a spoon or other object to stir the water. I first look through the viewfinder screen, to make sure Iím holding the camera at an angle where it catches the light reflection in the water. This position is not quite directly over it, but from above and at a slight angle. At the same time, I respectfully request for any people or animals in spirit who would like to show themselves, to please do so.
"Once in a while, Iíll place a crystal or a crystal ball in the water. And sometimes I ask my hubby to shine red and blue lights in the water.
"After filming, I remove the compact memory card from the camera and place it into my computer. The file is transferred into a software program on my Mac called iMovie, which allows me to look at the video one frame at a time. When I see something in a frame, Iím able to save that single frame as a jpg file. And from that jpg, I crop out the image(s) I wish to keep. I keep both the unedited full frame along with my edited/cropped version. Once in a while, I keep the entire video, but most of the time I dump it in order to help save hard drive space."
In one experiment, Margaret asked for her grandparents and received this ITC picture of a bearded man she feels is her Great Great Grandfather, Benjamin Franklin Main Sr. He was a physician and Baptist minister who crossed in 1913. Today, he and his grandson, Lewis (Margaretís grandfather who crossed in 1993), help her in making connections to other people.
Steve is a friend of Margaretís friend, Linda, who likes to "pop in" to Margaretís EVP sessions to call Lindaís name. Linda had asked her to call on him and this is the image that showed up. Linda said that there is enough of a resemblance that she feels he was doing what he could to show himself to her.
Margaret also has captured a picture of a face that she feels is her Indian guide, Walking Sun, who she had asked to come through during an experiment. Margaret had a reading from a Shaman who told her, "Margaretís heart hears the drum beat of Mother Earth and her spirit finds the stairway to Father Sky." She told Margaret that if she asked for her guide, Walking Sun, he would come. Margaret says, "One of the Shamanís comments in my reading was that people with "dove medicine" can see between the worlds and the veil between earth and the spirit world is thin for them. She talked about being clairaudient and hearing spirit/sensing vibrations. It was so fun to be able to tell her after the reading about EVP/ITC!"
Margaret feels that she has gotten some excellent readings from people on the Internet and through eBay.
Update from the Spring 2007 NewsJournal
ITC Face Closely Matches Original
In the last NewsJournal, we reported about how Margaret Downey conducts visual ITC experiments using moving water for optical energy. The article can be read in the Techniques section of ATransC.org
Daniele Gullŗ, with the Italian ITC lab, Il Laboratorio (biopsicocibernetica.org), read the article and decided to see if his forensic-quality face recognition software would help compare Margaretís ITC image with a photograph of her great great grandfather while he was in the physical.
Gullŗ wrote: "I have processed the human face as a 3D model and rotated it to superimpose over the ITC face. I have compared the repere [reference] points (only 5: eyes, lips, nasal and subnasal) in the human face and ITC face. The final result is that the difference in the two images is inferior to [less than] 5%. They are very similar!"
Moving water reflects light that has similar characteristics as video-loop light. As a low-tech way of producing visual phenomena, you can use a still camera, webcam, video camera or your cell phone. The trick is in learning to find the faces in the resulting picture--don't forget to rotate the frame.
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