|Occurred : 1/5/1997 01:10 (Entered as : 01/05/97 01:10)
Reported: 10/26/2013 9:45:31 PM 21:45
Location: Haleiwa, HI
|January 1977 1:00 am Haleiwa Hawaii Two craft (like power boats) at 5000 feet Exchanging power beam 1-2 hour duration
Hello: This photo was sent to Coast to Coast and I believe on their website. Also was sent to Unsealed Alien Files. Interestingly no one has ever contacted me about it except for a few non-scientific fanatics.
The photo was taken in Hawaii, on the island of Oahu in the town of Haleiwa. The date was sometime in January 1997. It's been a while. I am a long time professional photographer (surfing and stock) who has been in the business for over 40 years. One evening, after watching a movie with a friend, and they were leaving my home, they pointed out some strange lights in the sky, it was late about 1 am. I decided, what the heck, never shot a UFO foto, and got out my big surfing lens (a Nikon 800mm f/5.6 and added a 2x tele-extender and used a very heavy duty tripod) and took about 10-20 photos. The film was Fuji Velvia 35mm transparency, exposure was about f/8-f/11 for about 15 seconds. It was very clear that night, no clouds or haze at all. I have my own film processor so I pushed processed the film to a speed of about ISO or ASA 200+. I got two really good photos, this is a slide duplicate and digitized file of one of them. The bright light is not the moon. It was shot looking s! outhwest from the north ground position, roughly far above the center of Oahu.
As far as I could tell (its really hard shooting the sky at night) the objects were at least a mile or two up in the atmosphere (from previous experience shooting aircraft with the same setup during the day), I would say the objects were about as big as a 747? There were blinking multi-colored lights on their perimeters, and you could clearly see the outline of the craft thru the lens. This was the second series of photos over about a 1/2 hour period. The first series revealed only one object, triangular shaped, with pastel lights on each tip (maybe the Aurora?). During the second series of exposures about 20 minutes later there appeared to be two 'craft' and that is the photo I submitted. There appeared to be a super bright beam that connected the two craft for about a minute. Please be aware that the film was grainy and because it was 'pushed' (the only way I could get a decent exposure), and super dark night. Its really tough to shoot this kind of thing at night and get anything at all. As a professional there wasn't much else I could do to get the best exposure under the conditions. I didn't want to shoot too slow because of shutter vibration, wind etc, and this was a very long, very heavy lens.
At this point I will have to tell you that I thought about calling the local news, but I am a fairly private person and didn't want the publicity. I was able to call Art Bell's show several weeks later when I think he was interviewing Peter Davenport (my memory is a little foggy) but I remember Art or Dave mentioning that I could contact a fellow who Art had mentioned was a ufologist named Mark Bean in Nevada. Apparently he had some high quality equipment and said he could enhance the photos. I made some copies of the originals with a 'slide duplicator' and it ended up being a good decision because I mailed him (Mark) the two best 'originals' with the intent that he would scan them and return the originals. I never heard from him again, and sent the photos with delivery confirmation, but there was no record from the Post Office that they were ever delivered! A mystery! I tried contacting Mark a few times, never got any replies, and gave up. I just wonder if he ever got them!? It was a perfect typical 'Murphy's law' situation. I was just glad I had made duplicates. I've been sitting on the 'dupes' for over 10 years.
The one I submitted to Coast to Coast was from a duplicate that I took to Costco last year and had scanned to a fairly large digital file (about 4 mb). That's the one I sent digitally to the show. Please be aware when you make a duplicate of a dark photo like this you really lose a lot of the original quality in the second generation exposure, and then again when scanning the image.
I have the 'triangular view of the single craft' duplicate in my files and can look for it again. If someone could spend some time on these with photoshop and very high quality equipment they could probably get a better enhanced image or maybe recreate an artist's conception of what these objects looked like.
I've been a techno geek in photography for over 30 years and still can't figure out exactly what I photographed, as I have shot other time exposures in darkness and have my work published in national photography magazines.
Please note: There are so many small details, and opinions I have that it would take a few pages to give my theory and opinions what these objects are. I always wanted to shoot a UFO, (doesn't everyone?). Aloha, Bill Romerhaus On Jan 7, 2013, at 1:28 PM, mack carroll wrote: Hi Bill, Thank you for contacting us and your interest in Unsealed Alien Files! We would definitely like to see your photograph and possibly feature it on our website or even on our show! You can reply to this email or if the file is too big we can arrange a way to send it. Thanks again and looking forward to viewing it! Best, Mack Carroll Bellum Entertainment