Quote Originally Posted by Photo Engineer View Post
All emulsions are sensitive to the radiation emitted by lightning discharges such as static electricity. The density of the image formed is proportional to the speed of the emulsion.

All you need is a dry lab and you begin to get such discharges. You can even generate them with scotch tape. Put some tape onto a piece of plastic, sit in the dark to adapt your eyes and then peel the tape off of the plastic. You will see bright flashes.

PE
I also used to think this was static electricity, but it is called triboluminescence ! (Ralph calls it tension luminescence here http://www.apug.org/forums/forum37/6....html#poststop)

As if that isnt novel enough, the phenomenon also gives off x-rays !

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triboluminescence