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The ghost of the present haunts the past

23/52 for the group 52 in Twenty Eleven

This week's theme: Long exposure.

This is taken in the Roman museum in Caerleon. I used a long exposure to cope with the low light levels. (6 seconds at f22). I used the timer which allowed me to walk into the picture and stand for a few seconds by the display case.

As I couldn't use a tripod, I had to do the best I could with resting the camera on one of the display cases.

My original idea was to take the photo with people in it, hoping that they would look ghost like, but the school party flooded straight through and out into the Roman Garden, so I had to put myself in the shot.

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jongibbs From: jongibbs Date: June 10th, 2011 09:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd love to visit there :(
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: June 11th, 2011 08:30 am (UTC) (Link)
If you're ever back in the UK...

Mind you, I suppose there are many other places you would like to visit/re-visit if you did manage to get over here.

The nice thing about the museum is that it's free! :) Though I did give a donation. I am so tempted by some of the Roman themed toys in the gift shop too.
jongibbs From: jongibbs Date: June 11th, 2011 02:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm a big fan of all things Roman. I'd like to visit Stonehenge again sometime too :)
carl_allery From: carl_allery Date: June 10th, 2011 10:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Great photo! Such a good museum, there's a lot there and it's very well displayed. I took friends last year and got to try on a replica helmet.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: June 11th, 2011 08:36 am (UTC) (Link)
I like all the little personal items and information about things like the soldiers' funeral clubs. The Roman Garden is interesting too, though I didn't visit this time due to it being full of small school kids.
khiemtran From: khiemtran Date: June 10th, 2011 10:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nice effect!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: June 11th, 2011 08:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. It was my first attempt at doing it and I must play around with it a bit more in a slightly less public place!

If you just walk around at a normal speed, you just don't show at all on the photo. Very interesting... I had to stand for about three seconds before I became even slightly visible. I think I might take some pale gauzy material into the woods one day and see if I can conjure up some ghosts!
khiemtran From: khiemtran Date: June 11th, 2011 09:10 am (UTC) (Link)
I had to stand for about three seconds before I became even slightly visible.
That figures. If you're standing there for half the exposure, there should be a fifty-fifty split of light from you and light from the background (assuming equal lighting of course).
feodora From: feodora Date: June 11th, 2011 05:09 am (UTC) (Link)
The Best Museum ever I saw in York. The one abut the wikings. You sit in a kind of car and "drive" backwards in time. Arrived in the "right" time You drive through a village. You not only see but smell and hear everything. Really nice it was. There last time somewhere in the 80th, don't know if it still the same.

Edited at 2011-06-11 05:11 am (UTC)
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: June 11th, 2011 08:34 am (UTC) (Link)
I haven't been to Yorvik (I think that's what it's called), but I remember all the excitement when it first opened. The last time we visited York though my husband insisted on going to the railway museum!
poliphilo From: poliphilo Date: June 11th, 2011 08:35 am (UTC) (Link)
I really like that.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: June 11th, 2011 08:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. It's an interesting technique and now I know how to do it, I want to experiment with it more.
From: aulus_poliutos Date: June 11th, 2011 12:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, that's a fun one.

Though personally I like it when I can get places, be it musuems or castles, without people running through my photos. ;)
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: June 12th, 2011 05:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well now you know how to get rid of them. Just set a very slow shutter speed and they vanish, just like magic! :)
green_knight From: green_knight Date: June 12th, 2011 02:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think that's a fantastic concept, and well-executed. Impressive result.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: June 12th, 2011 05:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I want to play with the technique a bit more. I'm sure I could produce some lovely ghost photos in the woods or other dark places. I just need it to stop raining...
green_knight From: green_knight Date: June 12th, 2011 05:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I just need it to stop raining

You're scheduling a photosession for next April, then?

So much for a daily bike ride. I'm not that hardy.
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