Naysayers of the Orb experience will tell you that they can create orbs, and indeed they can.  When photographing and hoping for orbs there are a few things to be mindful of so you don’t capture false orbs.

To assure authentic orbs, one should not take photos during conditions like mist, rain, snow, wind or dusty conditions as these will in fact produce false orbs.  Also, never shoot directly into sunlight and stay away from reflective surfaces because of the flash.

Another good rule of thumb to follow is to make sure that the lens is clean.  If you think you see an orb but it appears over and over again in the exact same place, then you have a dirty lens.  If you are ever in doubt as to what you captured, and can reproduce it in more then one photo, then the image did not come from Spirit.

If you have a question about your photo I would be happy to offer my opinion if you would like to send it to me.  Below are two examples of false orbs.

This photo was taken at night, outside in a very dusty  area.  There seems to be 1,000’s of orbs but it is only the result of all the dust in the atmosphere.  Notice also the lack of color or any of the familiar designs on the inside.

This is a great example of a sunspot, not an orb.  This pictures was taken with my phone directly into the sun.  Although dramatic and beautiful, the pink spot is not an orb.