David Lee Summers. Thanks David for contributing.
These photos are from a ghost tour my daughter and I took during Her Royal Majesty's Steampunk Symposium held aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach California on Friday, January 13, 2012. The strangest incident that happened was when we went to the first class swimming pool aboard the ship. It's a noted "hot spot" for ghost sightings. The first photo shows the pool. Off the upper balcony, we went into the women's dressing rooms. I snapped a photo of the corridor.
When I took the photo, I thought I saw a person in the flash and indeed, there is a strange, almost human-shaped shadow in the photo. I assumed it was one of my fellow tourists, but when I walked up the hallway, I didn't pass anyone or see any other people ahead of me in the corridor or the dressing rooms. I did get a serious case of the willies as I walked further down the hall and the hairs raised on the back of my neck.
When I downloaded the photo onto my computer, I assumed the shadow I captured was some strange trick of the light. However, I then did a simple brightness/contrast adjustment and adjusted the color curves a little in Adobe Photoshop and the image below popped out. I should note, the hallway was completely dark. The only illumination came from my flash. If this was a fellow tourist, they were standing in the dark with this apparently non-nonchalant pose. They had no flashlight and the flash didn't seem to illuminate them.
Another place that felt very eerie to me was the old boiler room. The top photo was taken just outside the boiler room. Inside, the boiler room, I took several photos. I kept feeling like I was seeing something move outside the corner of my eye. The one thing that I may have captured is the green glow in the lower left hand corner of the bottom photo.
I'm a professional astronomer and writer. I'm also an admitted skeptic. I'm hard pressed to say these photos serve as hard evidence of ghost encounters. Despite that, these photos do raise questions for meespecially the one taken in the dressing rooms.
For anyone who would like to read more about Her Royal Majesty's Steampunk Symposium, I posted a guest blog about the event at: http://darkcargo.com/2012/01/22/her-royal-majestys-steampunk-symposium-2012/
My regular blog is at: http://davidleesummers.wordpress.com
Thanks, Gayle, for letting me share my ghost tour experience!