Tuesday, September 16, 2008

MAPR second to TAPS? Kind of...

As of now, if you search Google.com for "atlantic paranormal," aside from the nine other links pertaining to TAPS (The-Atlantic-Paranormal-Society) that appear, Mid-Atlantic Paranormal Research shows up as the fourth listed link and the only non-TAPS related link on the first page.

Pretty cool.

~Chris Orapello

Monday, September 8, 2008

If you are "lights out," then you are probably in the dark!

This is an issue that has been surfacing in our investigative protocol. Why turn the lights out? Why not just leave them on? After all, infra-red cameras don't see that well without sufficient extra IR illumination and theoretically when you use IR light you are simply lighting up the room, but you just can't see the light so what's the point? The truth is there are no real positives to turning the lights out in order to investigate, but there are some negatives.
  • It's tough to see and your eyes could play tricks on you.
  • The cameras don't work as well so you can't document as much of the space as you could if the lights were on.
  • It doesn't increase paranormal phenomena and may even enable false camera footage and photographs if one isn't careful.
  • You could injure yourself or the environment by tripping, falling, or bumping into something.

I posed this question to the guys of Haunted New Jersey (Episode #65 - Check it out!) and aside from just working in the dark out of personal preference, or to enhance one's senses, the only reason they could say to turn the lights off were if the lights were creating a lot of noise. (Or in the situation of a case we are currently involved with, we turn the lights out when most of the household is going to bed for the night.)

Simply put, turn out the lights during an investigation if the situation warrants it, if not, keep them on! There's no need to be in the dark.

~Chris Orapello