Can Rods be explained?


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On TV you may have heard about Jose Escamilla and the rods mystery. Gary Davidson of San Diego MUFON believes he knows what they are. After consulting with a video expert Gary was able to capture rods in about 1/2 hour based on the idea that they are just bugs. Gary will be commenting more in the future at this website on this subject, but for now here is what he has caught on videotape.

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Shot with a tripod mounted Canon OPTURA video digital/still camera, distance=12 feet, zoom=8x-optical, F=4.0, 1/60 sec. Area video taped was above a compost pile where there was fly activity. From the 3:00 o'clock postion the first 3 frames shows an in focus fly. The blur is caused by the speed of the insect as captured on each frame (1/30 sec). The fly is traveling at a couple inches (per 1/30 sec). As it decelerates to a very slow speed the blur is replaced by normal looking fly.

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Shot with a tripod mounted Canon OPTURA video digital/still, distance=12 feet, zoom=16x optical, F=4.0, 1/60 sec. These images look more like the typical Jose Escamilla "rod". The fly is not in focus (too close to the lens) and blurred by speed. The out of focus blurred white image is accented by the lighting angle.

Gary says "I will describe my experiences with KFMB-TV and reasons why they may want to keep RODS a mystery. I hope to experiment more when the weather warms up. I think dragon flys could be very dramatic with speeds of 30 mph, long bodies and 4 wings. My best guess is they may be the most likely candidate on the KFMB 'rod' video shot in at the cave in San Luis Potosi, Mexico". This site will be updated as more information is available.




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