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The Anomalies in the Photos from the Old South Pittsburgh Hospital Investigation

Yesterday I wrote about the K2 craziness I experienced in the Old South Pittsburgh Hospital’s basement. Earlier today I posted a pic of the thing that creeped me out most there. The last thing I want to write about is the two weird photos I took.

First, let me give you a little background.


These were taken right as we started setting up to investigate for the night. We started out on the 3rd floor.

I was of no use to Ghost Eyes or Southern Ghosts getting the equipment in place so I was trying to stay out of the way. While I was at it I thought I’d take some pictures.

I remember these two because of the blue hue. I’ve had my camera since 2007 and I’ve never seen it do that before. I honestly don’t remember having the flash on. I might have had it set to the night setting, but I’m not sure.

All I remember is thinking, “Wow! That blue looks neat. How come I’ve never been able to do that before?”

Then, right after the second picture, I couldn’t get it to do it again. It only happened for these two pictures. Try as I might to recreate the blue hue (which I’ve since tried to do, numerous times without success) I couldn’t.


The winged things from the 3rd floor (almost sounds like a title for a horror movie, eh?)

I didn’t see the “winged things” (as I’ve come to think of them) when I first took this shot. All I saw was the blue. (It wasn’t until I posted some of the pics to HJ’s FB Old South Pittsburgh Hospital photo album that I noticed the winged features.)

Here’s another shot of the same hallway in the pic above that I’d taken during the walk through:

3rd floor hallway of Old South Pittsburgh Hospital in the late afternoon

Thanks to the second photo you can tell that the “winged things” must be some kind of reflection. The “winged” bright points all match up to reflective surfaces like handles or door jambs, the clock or the window in the door at the end of the hall.

I’m fairly certain the flash wasn’t on. I was trying not to use it for some reason. (I’m thinking because I had the night setting on and had turned the flash off to see what happened, but I don’t really recall.) I either had the flash on and didn’t remember, or maybe there was just enough light from outside filtering in through the windows to cause this effect.

I’m not sure what caused it, but I’m pretty sure it’s not angels or ghosts as some have said. (Even as much as I’d like it to be.)


It’s all blurry except for that lightning-like streak

This was taken moments after the first shot above. We’re still on the third floor. I was trying to get a picture of Angie and Steve and everyone setting up.

Again, I didn’t see this streak thing. I only saw the blue on my screen. I think I also noticed it was out of focus and I believe at this point I fiddled with the settings to try and get a better shot. The pic below is the result of that attempt:

Second attempt to get a pic of everyone in set up mode

I didn’t exactly get it framed the way I wanted, but at least I got it in focus. However, bye-bye blue hue. (Much to my dismay. I remember desperately fiddling with my camera after this shot to try and get the blue back again.)


Are the pictures evidence of something paranormal or just my inexperience working a camera? Likely the latter. Still, the pics are intriguing. If for no other reason than maybe a more experienced photographer can tell me what I might’ve done to get such shots.

If anyone out there has any insight on how I did this and what caused these anomalies, I’d love your feedback

Courtney Mroch
Courtney Mroch, otherwise known as HJ's Ambassador of Dark and Paranormal Tourism, is an author, traveler, and ghost enthusiast. When she's not writing, jaunting, or planning her next trip, it's a safe bet you'll find her in one of three places: on a tennis court somewhere, on a yoga mat somewhere, or watching a horror movie somewhere. She currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

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11 thoughts on “The Anomalies in the Photos from the Old South Pittsburgh Hospital Investigation

  1. Yes in the 1st and 2nd photos you can clearly see what is making those reflections. The second photo is puzzling but it could be a bug (I know it has a zig zag pattern) Do you know if the girl had on a necklace and did you have your flash on. The guy in the 1st photo is bending over maybe it was a reflction of his hat and moving so fast that made that streak (it kinda lines up) Interesting photo. I enjoyed thanks Jack

  2. Thanks for your comments/insights, Jack! I had thought perhaps a bug too, but I had not considered the possibility of a reflection off a necklace or even movement plus reflection off something like a hat. I don’t remember if she had on jewelry or not, but I like you’re thinking! THANKS so much for stopping by to give me some more ideas to consider!

    And it was SO fun Jessica! THANKS for saying it was a nice post. Late, but I never seem to be able to get my act together and post quicker….

  3. Hey Jack here thanks Courtney for your comments. I enjoy thinking outside the box. Maybe I can look at some more pic in the future and give my opinion. Have a good weekend and keep hunting. Jack


  5. I’m pretty sure that the winged critters are just camera shake. Neat effect though. Same with the lightning streak. I have no idea why the blue colour appeared on the picture though.

  6. Lol “winged critters” Yep, that’s what they look like…but are really not. Wish I could figure out whatever I did to make it blue. I sort of like that tone… THANKS for your comment!

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