Shroud Scope 10: my very own gallery of 20 close-up views of the Shroud – all lightly photo-edited for optimised colour-differentiation

Note added October 7, 2016

This posting from some 4 years ago is one of my most visited, and indeed I use it myself quite often when needing, as is often the case, to differentiate between blood and body image . (Elsewhere I have speculated on reasons why Mario Latendresse’s Shroud Scope image looks essentially monochrome –  dare one say ‘washed-out’- which I attribute to someone having decreased image contrast, which Mario himself denies). However, the main reason for adding this preamble is to flag up my final model for the Shroud image. I believe it to be of  medieval provenance, consistent with the radiocarbon dating (1260-1390), one produced by imprinting a whole man’s body onto wet linen using a simple but ingenious imprinting medium – vegetable oil and flour. (The subject is first smeared with oil, then dusted with white flour, then has wet linen pressed against his body contours). Here’s a recent result, using a 1/12th human scale plastic toy as subject, before and after 3D-rendering in ImageJ.


Centre: Galaxy Warrior, approx 15cm high. Left: flour/oil imprint of warrior onto wet linen, then  gently oven-roasted to 200 degrees C. Right: tone-reversed, i.e. ‘positive’, 3D-rendered imprint (ImageJ).

I’ll add an image of my hand later to show the method works with human skin, at least in principle. My wife has been spared the sight of  naked male volunteers wandering round our living quarters thus far.

Here’s the original posting from 2012:

These images were all obtained using Shroud Scope, with subsequent colour enhancement in MS Picture Manager using the brightness/contrast adjustment ONLY.

In other words, no new colour bias was introduced, except through a standardised re-processing of the existing RGB values (see my previous post for details of how the optimised  and STANDARDIZED settings were selected). No wisecracks please about rose-tinted spoectacles, even if the piccies do all have a rosey hue (which helps to differentiate blood from body image   – or maybe just a side-effect).

I will insert the pictures first, and then add captions later at leisure.  Most if not all should be instantly recognizable by those familiar with the Shroud image.

I am deliberately keeping this post free of my own interpretation aka deeply biased misjudgements, its purpose being to serve as a neutral resource for everyone’s use.


Fig. 1  TS head.  Needs no explanation

Click on any image to enlarge


Fig.2: Eyes, brow ridge and nose. A handy image for comparing blood stains on image-free area (top left) and eyebrow.



Fig 3: Epsilon-shaped (‘reversed 3’) blood stain above subject’s right eye.



Fig.4: Region between nose and chin



Fig.5: Chin region



Fig.6: Bloodstains in hair at top right of subject’s head



Fig.7:  Question mark-shaped bloodstain in vertical hair on left of head



Fig.8: Another bloodstain on hair, left side of head, crease in linen



Fig.9: Top of head

Fig.10: Dorsal view of head with bloodstains



Fig.11:  Right eye. What is often interpreted as junction between eye lids (“closed eye”) is in fact an irregularity in the weave that extends beyond the eye area.


Fig.12: Blood on right wrist. Maybe you can spot the nail wound, maybe not.

Fig.13: Problematical foot region, frontal view, with large bloodstain



Fig.14: Blood patch, left side of torso, adjacent to 1532 burn hole. Spear wound?



Fig.15: Top of right forearm


Fig.16: Left forearm



Fig.17: Bloodstains, feet, dorsal view


Fig.18: Bloodstains, dorsal view, small of back

18 images displayed so far. Two more still to be added for a nice round 20.

Now for the last two:

Fig.19: Scourge marks on back

And finally:

Fig.20: close-up of crossed hands

Technical postscript: all these pictures were obtained by loading Shroud Scope images into Microsoft Office Picture Manager, and resetting brightness/contrast/midrange values to -7/100/15 respectively.

Here is the process stepwise, going from default (0,0,0) to (0,100,0) to (-7,100,0) to (-7,100,15)

Fig. 21:  Stepwise photo-editing from default setting to maximum contrast, then slightly decreased brightness, and then a modest increase in mid-range tones.

In other words, the major difference between these and the default-setting Shroud Scope images is down to use here of maximum contrast, the first step above, the rest being fine-tuning. Simply raising contrast to maximum setting  reveals, unexpectedly perhaps,  cryptic encoded information on colour differences between, say, skin, hair, blood etc. One might almost say that my off-the-shelf photo-editing package does for colour what ImageJ and other 3D-effect software (VP-8* etc) do for encoded information on topological relief, real or apparent. See my previous posting, Shroud Scope 9 in this series, for some more background.

Postscript added 12 Nov 2012: here’s another view of those crossed hands.

Fig. 22: Crossed hands, adjusted brightness and contrast (-7,100,15)

Would readers agree (one in particular!) that there is clear evidence of “tenting”, i.e. the linen has failed to make contact with those parts of the torso (notably the abdomen) that are in the vicinity of the crossed hands. What’s more there is evidence of tenting in the region where one hand crosses over another.

Fig. 23: Note pale zone immediately below the upper of the two hands. Tenting?


About Colin Berry

Retired science bod, previous research interests: phototherapy of neonatal jaundice, membrane influences on microsomal UDP-glucuronyltransferase, defective bilirubin and xenobiotic conjugation and hepatic excretion, dietary fibre and resistant starch.
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5 Responses to Shroud Scope 10: my very own gallery of 20 close-up views of the Shroud – all lightly photo-edited for optimised colour-differentiation

  1. Adrie says:

    Thanks! It’s interesting.

  2. colinsberry says:

    Thanks Adrie. Even if the Shroud were a hoax/forgery and/or gallows, correction, barbecue humour on the part of the disbanded Templars, it’s a very interesting and infuriatingly elusive hoax/forgery.

  3. About seven years ago I attended a prayer meeting at a catholic church in Abercynon . We were praying the holy rosary, at the end of prayer meeting the holy face of the shroud appeared around the crucifix on the altar. There were ten people present eight were able to see it, two were unable to see it. If you look at the face on the shroud you will notice a cross of light across the forehead and down the nose area. This is exactly where the crucifix also appeared to line up with it in the church.

    • colinsberry says:

      Fascinating. But did all 8 see it simultaneously, or did one say “Hey, do you see what I see”? One always has to factor in impressionability, regardless of whether there’s a real phenomenon there or not. Scientists are as prone as anyone else to seeing what they are supposed to see, provided they look hard enough (or feel left out of things if they can’t) as witnessed by those who rushed to say they too had confirmed ‘cold fusion’ back in the 1980s..

      I love “Magic Eye”. For a long time I thought it was some kind of con, but can still recall vividly the first time one of those in depth 3D images suddenly leapt out the page. Correction – into the page and “behind”. Now that’s not just eery, but totally reproducible, once one has acquired the eye for it.

      • Hello Colin, (I apologize for the late reply). A lady by the name of Helen asked if anyone could see anything on the altar. We all looked, I saw nothing at first, then looking at the crucifix I suddenly saw the face of the shroud appear in soft light form. There was a man by the name of Paul present there and we simultaneously said together, “it’s the face from the shroud of Turin” we all saw it, with the exception of the priest father Michael Cronin and another man. Eight of us witnessed it.

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