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Challenge: The Paranormal (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: UK
Date: Apr 14, 2008
Aperture: f/6.3
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1sec
Galleries: Digital Art
Date Uploaded: Apr 14, 2008

Been wanting to try this technique for a while, then this challenge came up and fitted perfectly.

Main light is a single flash with brolly. The ghost is a reflection in a piece of glass placed at 45 degrees to the lens axis (a Pepper's ghost). This allowed the ghost to be isolated from the main flash and hence allow the exposure to be balanced between the two elements of the shot.

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Post challenge:

Many thanks to everyone for the kind comments and votes. A new PB, a blue ribbon and it's my birthday this week so what an amazing present!

For those interested in the setup I hope this diagram explains things a bit more clearly

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Statistics
Place: 1 out of 107
Avg (all users): 7.9310
Avg (commenters): 8.8542
Avg (participants): 7.5581
Avg (non-participants): 8.0046
Views since voting: 11835
Views during voting: 603
Votes: 261
Comments: 83
Favorites: 40 (view)


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11/08/2008 05:46:05 AM
Wonderful visualization! I like this pretty much! Although belated by half a year happy birthday! And an advance one for nxt one in 2009! It may average out! :)
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04/26/2008 08:40:29 PM
Amazing Work!! Congrats on the Blue!!
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04/25/2008 07:54:00 AM
congrats on your PB and Blue Miles...excellent work
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04/24/2008 09:40:01 AM
This is truly one of the most amazing photos I've seen on this site. I cannot believe how well done it is.
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04/24/2008 12:02:16 AM
This is abnormally good.
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04/23/2008 05:30:08 PM
I could never ever dream of taht set up. Great shot!
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04/23/2008 02:34:50 PM
Excellent work here, I had this pegged for top honors and I'm glad I was correct! Congrats on Blue!

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04/23/2008 11:48:12 AM
Amazing. Would never have thought of it
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04/23/2008 10:23:12 AM
wonderful shot and deserved the blue, nice one ;-)
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04/23/2008 09:42:58 AM
Fantastic shot and setup! Congrats on your blue.
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04/23/2008 09:15:37 AM
wow..awesome technique..
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04/23/2008 08:26:42 AM
Hi Alex,

I hadn't seen that image before, but I can see why you would be reminded of it.

It looks spectacular - but might have been a bit more difficult to replicate under basic editing ;-)

Miles

Message edited by author 2008-04-23 08:26:57.
04/23/2008 07:54:56 AM
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this imagineer. Reminded me of it.
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04/23/2008 07:50:58 AM
Thanks for sharing the technique. I remember making a Pepper's Ghost box for my daughter. Now you teach me how to extend the idea ;-)
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04/23/2008 06:23:22 AM
This is wonderful, congrats on the blue and the great score.
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04/23/2008 05:31:57 AM
Thanks Giles

I certainly had all those old movie/theatre illusion methods in my mind. A great source of ideas when trying to do things the old fashioned way (i.e. without Photoshop!)
04/23/2008 05:17:23 AM
congratulations on the blue! incredible shot as well!

wouldnt have happed to be inspired by the victorian inventions book ?
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04/23/2008 05:07:30 AM
very nice indeed. Inspired by the great Imagineer?
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04/23/2008 04:28:21 AM
Awesome work. Congrats on your big score and Blue Ribbon. Well deserved.
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04/23/2008 03:09:55 AM
Just look at that score.....
Brilliant, just totally brilliant, thats for sure.
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04/23/2008 02:57:07 AM
Congrats on the blue, brilliant idea and execution
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04/23/2008 02:44:55 AM
FANTASTIC ,well done and congratulations
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04/23/2008 02:25:25 AM
Miles - fabulous shot, and what a treat to wake up to on your birthday :- )

Blue Ribbon and a PB . .

my paranormal powers suggest you will see this shot on your top line for some time . . . :- )

Many congrats
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04/23/2008 02:07:41 AM
That is an amazing job! Congrats on the score and the blue! :)
For those curious on the set up, google "Pepper's ghost", its the name of the technique. Its like the ghost you see at the haunted houses. :)
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04/23/2008 12:41:13 AM
I knew it! Congrats!!
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04/23/2008 12:34:17 AM
Originally posted by pearlseyes:

Wonderful image and executed to perfection. I have to admit though I didn't understand a word about your set-up....Yeah I'm a blonde.


Me neither. I'd love a more in depth explanation. Wonderfully done!!
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04/23/2008 12:30:29 AM
Wonderful image and executed to perfection. I have to admit though I don't understand a word about your set-up....Yeah I'm a blonde.

Message edited by author 2008-04-28 14:35:56.
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04/23/2008 12:18:01 AM
Amazing technique, hard for me to even figure it out mentally. What I'm having trouble figuring it out, is the 45 degrees to the lens axis. It sure looks like it is practically perpendicular to the lens axis. Congrats!
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04/23/2008 12:15:48 AM
I understand the pepper's ghost but I would still love to see this set up from a wide angle.

GREAT SCORE, WOW. One of the best images on this site man congrats on a well deserved blue.
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04/23/2008 12:11:22 AM
a well deserved ribbon, congrats.
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04/23/2008 12:07:45 AM
I thought this was an incredibly amazing shot. What a beautiful way to interpret the spirit leaving the body. Looks like your technique worked well. Congrats on the blue!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/22/2008 08:04:31 PM
What??! Confusing:D Definitely a 10:D Im keeping an eye on it...
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04/22/2008 06:43:46 PM
Excellent, best i've seen so far. Very creative and well lit - 9
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04/21/2008 11:42:03 PM
This is one of the 2 coolest shots in this challenge. I only gave out 2 10's, and this is one of them! Great work!
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04/21/2008 05:13:19 PM
Outrageously clever and not only that but brilliantly executed. Wonderful desat. If this does not ribbon then we should all give up hope - 10
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04/21/2008 12:37:28 PM
THIS is amazing- I hope this gets a ribbon- because it is one of my faves...very well done :) I hope to see the details of how you did this when the challenge is over! :) (ten)
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04/20/2008 10:19:43 PM
awesome concept
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04/20/2008 10:14:20 PM
Wow...awesome!
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04/20/2008 10:03:35 AM
Not sure how you did this...if it's legal for the challenge I'm VERY impressed.
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04/20/2008 09:28:15 AM
did you fiddle the books here?
hope you get away with it 8
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04/20/2008 12:46:05 AM
Beyond spooky!
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04/19/2008 08:13:35 PM
This is one of those, "I'd love to know how you did it shots." 8
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04/19/2008 02:25:24 AM
This one represented the "paranormal" theme the best. I love the contrast between b&w and the blue...great job....
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04/18/2008 09:19:33 PM
Very very cool.
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04/18/2008 08:41:48 PM
Wow, amazing...: )
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04/18/2008 05:58:38 PM
That's pretty amazing. Looks great. bump up
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04/18/2008 05:49:41 PM
Excellent work! 10 for sure.
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04/18/2008 02:27:45 PM
Great idea and execution.
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04/18/2008 12:49:27 PM
My pick for the Blue! Wow!
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04/18/2008 11:37:29 AM
This is really cool. i love the electric blue color and the desaturtion on the recently deceased. Great lighting. Funny, that blue looks an awful lot like the blue ribbon...
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04/18/2008 11:10:59 AM
Not sure how you did this, but I like it. Very interesting concept.
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04/18/2008 09:47:13 AM
love this photo and the composition is great
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04/18/2008 09:18:59 AM
this is the best shot i have seen so far in this shoot. amazing job i like the color and creativity a lot
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04/17/2008 11:10:41 PM
thats way too cool for any vote lower than a 10
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04/17/2008 02:38:27 PM
spooky picture
will you reveal how its done?
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04/17/2008 01:52:12 PM
This is brilliant. I only hope you haven't done a selective desat on this. Good luck, hope for top 5 for you.
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04/17/2008 01:06:32 PM
The best of the challenge so far, would be surprised if it didn't ribbon.
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04/16/2008 10:42:25 PM
Very nicely done! I will be surprised if this isn't one of the winners :o)
It gave me the creeps! LOL
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04/16/2008 09:10:04 PM
Very cool. I have no idea how you did this, but it's a great image.
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04/16/2008 08:26:05 PM
Fantastic! We're sure to see this on the front page (not that I have any paranormal predictive powers). Love the lighting & composition and this illusion is particularly impressive for basic editing. I have a couple of guesses, but I do hope you'll share with us how you achieved this.
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04/16/2008 08:06:36 PM
Fabulous .... apart from that wonderful spirit/soul/apparition with it's gorgeous colour, I love that you desaturated the face.
If I HAD to pick on something, I'd say the mouth is a little TOO open.

Can't wait to find out exactly how you did this in basic editing.

Perfect for this challenge. My pick of the bunch. 10.
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04/16/2008 06:31:31 PM
Beautiful!!! Most of the images in the challenge are cheesy and lame but this is creative and tasteful.
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04/16/2008 05:50:22 PM
I was finding this challenge very difficult to vote on, until I saw this. Obvious 10, with a high standard now set!
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04/16/2008 04:04:37 PM
Creative, beautiful and wonderfully executed composition!
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04/16/2008 02:44:28 PM
sweet. very cool shot. Nicely done.
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04/16/2008 01:54:53 PM
Awesome shot. Love to know how you did that. Color and contrast are done well also.
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04/16/2008 12:43:35 PM
Rather a cliche but well executed, none-the-less. Nice overall composition. 7
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04/16/2008 10:44:12 AM
Stunning image!
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04/16/2008 10:38:00 AM
This is a truly amazing photograph. 10 all the way.
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04/16/2008 09:08:50 AM
Holy moly........this is creepy!!!! Very creative!
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04/16/2008 08:52:52 AM
Very bizarre.
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04/16/2008 08:26:25 AM
How do you do this without combining two images?
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04/16/2008 08:16:00 AM
Brilliant - I can't wait to find out how you did this with just basic editing.
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04/16/2008 08:09:51 AM
Good job! Just a little more face on the spirit and it would be perfect.
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04/16/2008 06:29:30 AM
Very inventive and well executed sure to do well, good luck.
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04/16/2008 05:43:30 AM
fabulas picture,my fav so far. well done
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04/16/2008 05:13:13 AM
Wild concept,... like to know how you got a B&W face and colour in the spirit.
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04/16/2008 03:41:36 AM
Winner!!
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04/16/2008 01:27:15 AM
It took me less than a second to move the cursor straight to 10!!!

Awesome job.
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04/16/2008 01:24:23 AM
Yes. 10.
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04/16/2008 12:41:06 AM
this is awesome. love the title.
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04/16/2008 12:28:09 AM
The only problem I have with this is the lighting on the "spirit" does not match that of the face. But very nice otherwise.
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04/16/2008 12:16:52 AM
WOW!! I think this will be a ribboner, great work, 8.
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