Ghostly Image Captured In Photograph Spikes Curiosity

A mysterious photo of a ghost-like figure has many asking if it's real-live ghost. INSIDE EDITION gets to the bottom of the mystery.

It's a haunting photo of Britain's Houses of Parliament taken on New Year's Eve. But look closer: a ghostly figure looking transparant, gazing across the shimmering river Thames. It appears to be a young woman in modern dress: Uggs and a red jacket.

The photograph is capturing world attention with headlines like: "Picture of Ghost Stood Opposite Parliament" and "Mysterious Apparition Caught On Camera."

Professional photographer Jules Annan says he used a $3,000 Nikon D800 camera to snap the picture.  

"I can't explain it. There was no one there when I took the photograph," he said.

It's even more baffling than another mysterious ghostly image was caught by a surveillance camera at an Ohio gas station in 2007. The blue image hovered in mid air, drifted about, appeared to land on a car windshield and vanished as mysteriously as it appeared.

So, what's the explanation for this latest phenomenon? Photography expert George Delgado says that's no ghost, and he showed INSIDE EDITION exactly how the image could have been created.

Delgado told INSIDE EDITION's Megan Alexander, "Sometimes photographers do it accidentally but sometimes photographers will deliberately create an image like this."

He took a photo of INSIDE EDITION's Megan Alexander, keeping the camera shutter open for a full 30 seconds. She stepped out of frame after just 20 seconds. The result is this ghostly transparent image, just like in the ghost photo.

"So, you came out a little translucent and ghostly looking," noted Delgado.

"I'm a ghost," said Alexander.

"Exactly," said Delgado.

"And that's how it's done?" asked Alexander.

"No mystery about it," confirmed Delgado.

So, no ghost this time, but some are still likely to believe that's really a lost soul haunting the streets of London.