Shoot that Saucer: Preps for World UFO Day


Alright, so you want preserve a UFO on to a piece of film? Well, you have you work cut out for you. Luckily, I’m here to make things a little easier. I’ll tell you what you need, where you should go, and how to snap that photo of an unidentified flying object .

I was an avid UFO fan since I was 9. I even made my family go on a road trip to Roswell, New Mexico. I’ve outgrown it, but I still have a soft spot in my heart for aliens. Alright, let’s get right in to it. You will want to prepare everything you need during the day because you will be UFO hunting at night. What you will need:

  • Flashlight
  • Watch (to record time of activity)
  • Binoculars equipped for night viewing
  • Your Lomographic camera
  • High speed film
  • Tripod
  • Shutter release cable (optional
  • Witnesses (It is more believable when more than one hunter has a picture of the sighting due to the abundance of UFO Hoaxes out there)
  • Snacks (You may be waiting a while)

Where should you go?

Alright, you and some of your lomoamigos should get out of the city and go to a more secluded place. Historically, UFO’s are sighted more in rural areas. Plus, it’s easier to see them and take pictures without buildings in the way. Go to higher ground for a better view of the night sky. Be sure to choose a night with clear skies and good weather.

When should I go?

Night watches are historically more successful according to Chicago’s center for UFO studies (CUFOS). Most sightings happen around 9:00 PM and 3:00 AM. You should check old newspaper archives or the internet if there is a history of UFO sightings near where you are and go there. Areas known for repeated sightings are called “Hot spots”.

Alright, now how do I capture a UFO on film?

Now comes the fun stuff. Once you find your location for UFO hunting during the day, gather up your iso 800 or 1600 film (UFO’s can be very fast) and set up your lomo camera on a tripod with an (optional) shutter release cable attached. The cable is very helpful though because you don’t have to be looking through your viewfinder for a UFO. You can just stand/sit next to your camera, watch the sky, and press that release cable when you think you see something shooting across the sky. Make sure that before you start shooting, you set up your camera facing + focused on your desired area of the night sky

IMPORTANT SHOOTING TIP: Since hoaxes (fake) UFO photos are very common, it is good to have
A. Your friends/ other people with you to shoot or see a UFO (Safety/believability in numbers)
B. Include a recognizable object or building (such as a tree line or building) in the photo because a photo of just the sky with the object could have been easily hoaxed.

Alright, that’s all I’ve got for you guys. Above all, just stay calm and be patient. July 2 (World UFO Day) could be your day!! Happy Hunting!!

Since I personally do not have any photos of a UFO (YET), I will show pictures of where I will be shooting on July 2nd :) Thanks!

written by ajaxattack on 2011-07-28 #gear #tutorials #art #tutorial #tipster #shoot-that-saucer-ufo-alien-unidentified-flying-object-saucer-night


  1. francesco1
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  2. ajaxattack
    ajaxattack ·

    Haha, published a little late, but it's fine! Thanks for the likes and comments everyone!

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