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#1 xiaoecho

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Posted 09 November 2008 - 03:14 PM

On the vast majority of paranormal investigation shows, psychics and investigators always do their thing in the dark. The viewer usually sees the investigation via night vision camera. Why? If there are fluctuations in the magnetic field or changes in temperature, won't they still be there in the light? Same goes for all the equipment used. Is there a paranormal investigator out there who can explain the value of darkness :dontgetit: ....or it just better television?

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 10:47 PM

On the vast majority of paranormal investigation shows, psychics and investigators always do their thing in the dark. The viewer usually sees the investigation via night vision camera. Why? If there are fluctuations in the magnetic field or changes in temperature, won't they still be there in the light? Same goes for all the equipment used. Is there a paranormal investigator out there who can explain the value of darkness :) ....or it just better television?

.I think its more to do with a> it gives the show more atmosphere and mainly b> it heightens the senses by doing this, it makes your sense of smell, and hearing (and to a degree, your sight) work harder. Granted they could do it in the day (who said ghosts only come out at night?) but it probably wouldn't be as exciting, right?..Nice avatar, btw :P glow in the dark cats are cool loL!
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Posted 13 November 2008 - 10:22 AM

I just think that you get freaked out more! Who want's to be in a dark room all. by yourself with a spirit?? ME! lol Happy Ghost Hunting
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Posted 15 November 2008 - 03:31 PM

Ha!! what I cant see cant scare me!!! Those daytime events freak me out more!!! :wub:

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Posted 22 November 2008 - 03:41 PM

Thank Guys.....just as I thought :D

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Posted 23 November 2008 - 03:17 AM

I agree on some things they said but not all. . . As a ghost hunter, I've done it in the day and night. You are correct, during the day you will get the same fluctuations as you would at night. I've heard things during the day same as night. But I RARELY see things during the day. The darkness helps to see and record anomolies that would be next to impossible to see during the day. . . You've seen the shows where orbs and apparitions appear at night and you've noticed that even at night time, they're hard to see because of their make up. they're hard to see because of their undefined shape or level of transparency. Imagine trying to see that same thing in daylight conditions. it would be next to impossible to notice in bright light.

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Posted 23 November 2008 - 07:44 PM

I would add that using infrared tech is not as easy to work with in daylight. The less sources of light, the better when working with it.
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Posted 26 November 2008 - 05:22 AM

I agree. With the lights off, your attention is primarily focused on obtaining evidence because there is less to distract you.
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Posted 08 December 2008 - 04:03 PM

Thanx GI Corvis and Curious.......so, let me get this straight. For the technology (the instruments) it makes no difference, as one would expect. But as for subjective perception of phenomena, darkness helps to sharpen your (and the viewers) senses. . . That makes sense

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Posted 18 December 2008 - 08:53 AM

that could stand to be true. to lose one sense (sight in this case) other senses can be hightened (hearing, smell etc). . . We all know blind people have hightened senses to compensate for the loss of vision. Artificial loss of vision, or loss of any other sense, could lead to hightened senses as well.. . I know when I'm in dark places ghost hunting I am consciously using my sense of hearing to try to pick up on things. Even in daylight I'll close my eyes to listen better. sounds funny I know but it works. Kind of like when you're driving in an unfamiliar place with the radio on in your car. As the destination approaches, the driver will often turn down the radio so he/she can concentrate (look around...see) better. what does music have to do with being able to look around? Kinda strange huh? . . :w00t:

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Posted 19 December 2008 - 12:21 AM

I've had more experiences during the day but when they have happened at night it scares me more. Infared would not work during the day, not sure why you would need it then. Does it pick up something that our eyes don't?

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Posted 26 December 2008 - 08:59 PM

On the vast majority of paranormal investigation shows, psychics and investigators always do their thing in the dark. The viewer usually sees the investigation via night vision camera. Why? If there are fluctuations in the magnetic field or changes in temperature, won't they still be there in the light? Same goes for all the equipment used. Is there a paranormal investigator out there who can explain the value of darkness :santa: ....or it just better television?

Many investigate at night due to the fact that there are less people out and about making noise because they are asleep (talking, traffic noise and such) this way less possibility for contaminated evidence. Oh and it's creepy! http://www.parachasers.com

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Posted 05 January 2009 - 12:14 AM

Many investigate at night due to the fact that there are less people out and about making noise because they are asleep (talking, traffic noise and such) this way less possibility for contaminated evidence. Oh and it's creepy! http://www.parachasers.com

This is correct, most human activities are lessend at night. G.I. made a good point aswell, you are not using all your senses therefore your senses are heightend.

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Posted 22 January 2009 - 07:27 AM

I wonder if EM detectors might work better in the dark of night also. Bright sunlight and electric lighting could both cause magnetic fields that would complicate the detection of paranormal phenomena.
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Posted 22 January 2009 - 06:57 PM

Well, for my opinion, I have a couple of things to say about the reasons for conducting investigations in the dark. In the dark, people have heightened sences which allows people to make out things more clearly. Its not as if they don't have light, most investiagtors have a small light of some sort with them. I have to agree with Parachaser, night is the best time to investigate, less evidence contamination. For equiptment, its a ton better. EMFs are lower with lights out and its easier to find paranormal emfs within an area. Thermal cams will pick up every heat signature from the lights and might cause contamination.. . In the light, i find things to be not so interesting. For example, when the guys from Paranormal State(fyi, i do not like PS. Its bland and annoying to watch, not to mention that most things that happen are fake. its like the american version of Most Haunted which i also dislike) do an investigation in the day, they don't catch as much evidence in a location that could be potentially haunted as they would during the night.. . I did have ghostly occurances in the daytime and fully support that fact, but night does seem to be the ticket during paranormal investigations.

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Posted 14 June 2010 - 04:03 PM

TAPS: "There are two main types of spirits, those that emit light, and those who don't, the only way to catch both is to kill the lights and go infrared!"

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Posted 09 July 2010 - 07:21 PM

TAPS: "There are two main types of spirits, those that emit light, and those who don't, the only way to catch both is to kill the lights and go infrared!"

.Exactly. ;)
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Posted 22 July 2010 - 01:06 AM

I agree, but frankly infrared is new tech for the Ghost Hunters but suprisingly its quite effective. Some of the evidence theyve turned up is quite interesting.

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