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The Trent UFO Photos - McMinnville, Oregon USA, taken on 11-May-1950 by a couple of farmers, are considered classic in the history of UFOs.
Note: The object depicted in these photos may appear mundane at first glance ("a hubcap thrown in the air"), however the Trent case has withstood the tests of expert photo-analysts. You can get magnified versions: photo 1, photo 2 or high-resolution scans of first-generation prints of the two photographs (BIG files): photo1 (2.6MB), photo2 (3.7MB) (courtesy B.Maccabee / Anomalia.org's FOTOCAT)
Story: On 11-May-1950 around 7:00PM, Mrs. Trent was outside checking on her hens and rabbits, when she saw a metallic-looking, disk-shaped UFO. She called her husband, they located their camera, and he took 2 photographs of the object before it disappeared in the distance.
"The object was coming in toward us and seemed to be tipped up a little bit. It was very bright-almost silvery-and there was no noise or smoke".
The 2 photographs by the Trents have been analyzed again and again since the 1950s.
Note: Again, this is one of the classics, taken in a time when 1/ no computer-aided image-editing was possible, 2/ in retrospect 60 years later, we can be reasonably sure no Earth government had such a craft and 3/ investigated in the officially-sanctioned Condon study.
Extract from "Best Evidence: Top-10 UFO sightings" 2007 documentary with re-creation and analysis of the two photos by the Trents, featuring Dr.Bruce Maccabee and Brad Sparks:
There are many Websites where people can send UFO reports, but if the cases are not investigated, what value are they? We encourage UFO witnesses to report their sightings to whomever they wish, as long as the reports end up being available and used in scientific analysis, and investigated in detail, which means in-person investigations when possible. Unfortunately, it is estimated -if we believe the polls which show 8%-9% of all people think they have seen a UFO- that the overwhelming majority of UFO sightings goes completely unreported to anyone except close friends and loved ones, and most of the few sightings which do get reported go uninvestigated.
If You Have A Sighting: Observe carefully; try and see as much detail as you can about the object(s). If you have a camera, take pictures. If you don't have a camera, try and estimate the size of the shape (in comparison, for example, to a coin or pea held at arms length.) Make note of the time of day, the direction and (apparent) speed of flight. If others are with you, enquire if they see the object, and their observations of it. Write down your observations while they are still fresh in your mind.
Where to report: You can file a UFO sighting report with MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) and/or NUFORC Hotline (USA National UFO Reporting Center, but accepts international reports too). Additional regional or country-specific UFO reporting centers are listed in our UFO organizations, UFO portals and UFO blogs pages.
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How to take videos of UFOs: Disable auto-focus (or the object will constantly be in and out of focus, as the camera tries to get a lock), set it to infinity and hold the camera STEADY (if you don't have tripod, lean to a tree / wall etc). Try not to "pan with the action", so the moves and apparent speed of the objects can be evaluated. More on how to video a UFO.
Use a camcorder or camera to record the event. Try to keep reference points in the field of view, as this will aid researchers in analyzing the film. Practice filming UFOs on your computer (shockwave app). If you do not have a camera or camcorder then draw pictures of what you saw and the area around it.
If the sighting is from a distance, at an arms length, what would it take to cover up the object? A Quarter? A Penny? A Dime? An Aspirin? Or would it take something bigger? A Golf ball? A baseball? Or a Tennis ball?
Try to judge the distance from you to the object, the object's altitude, and its speed. Was it across the street or was it over the next field? Was it tree top level or was it a few hundred feet up? Did it cross the sky in 5 seconds or 5 minutes? -- 10 Things you should remember if you see a UFO
Astronomer Dr.Hynek (for 20 years the scientific consultant to USAF's official UFO study project "Blue Book") has given the following criteria, suggesting that a purported photograph of a UFO (particularly a Daylight Disc, because they are quite simple to fake) should not be taken seriously unless the following conditions are satisfied:
If you took photo(s) with a digital camera, upload the images straight off the memory card to a file on your computer (DON'T use a graphics program to resize / process the image in ANY way, because that might remove the valuable EXIF data). Then you can upload to one of the free file-sharing sites and just post the URL. Since computer-generated fake UFO images are so easy to produce nowadays, nobody can pronounce any digital UFO image as 100% authentic.
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