Tim Edwards and Jose Escamilla sent CNI News lengthy rebuttals to Burt Brown's article. Edwards and Escamilla both agreed that interpretive errors were possible, and praised Brown for doing his experiment. However, they went on to describe their own efforts to eliminate such errors. Representative excerpts from Jose Escamilla's response follow.]
by Jose Escamilla
Re: Burt Brown's attempt to dis-infect the Rods: I did those same tests shooting into the sun in 1995... going through all the shutter settings in the camera and ending up with the 1/10,000 shutter setting. I would be looking at the "debris and insects" with the naked eye while yelling "bugs" at the same time.
At a high shutter setting there is a plain distinction between common insects, birds and Rods.
I feel Burt didn't do the accurate tests as he claims, otherwise he would not have seen "blurred" objects at the shutter setting of 1/10,000. I can prove this. A Dragon Fly would present itself as "a dragonfly."
Furthermore, the Rods we always shoot for are with the sun "behind us" so that there are no easily explained-away theories such as Burt's where the backlighting can affect the camera's light input.
Our research is more serious than just setting up a camera and claiming UFOs. That's not what I, or our fellow researchers are about. A callous attempt at trying to prove something that isn't there would not only be futile, but an embarrassment for those of us that are serious in our investigations.
Burt's quick expose' of a possible mis-calculation in filmmaking is not the answer to all that's out there... We now have 23 states where we have reported and videotaped evidence taken with higher quality digital camcorders at higher resolutions than before, with more detailed shots. We have Rods passing by as insects and birds are in the scenes, all shot at 1/10,000 shutter settings with cameras that have 500 lines of resolution.
We are three years ahead of anyone shooting for Rods, and we've taken the research to a higher level, after we dis-infected the insects, birds, jets, from the Rods videotapings ourselves in 1994. The next level is to shoot with stereo cameras and Kodak's Motion Analyzer camcorder which is used for stopping bullets mid-flight and for balloon deployment analysis. (40,500 fps).
Once we nail Rods with these set-ups and other scientifically proven techniques, then we would have at least answered all the questions pertaining to single camera footage that is relevant to our case.
All in all, I find that Burt Brown may have been sincere in his tests and although they were done carelessly, he does have the inclination to at least experiment.
Who knows? Maybe Burt and all the others claiming "insects" are right! Only these are insects that are a hundred or more feet in length...
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