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The haunted lane
The haunted lane
The haunted lane, a photo by Helen in Wales on Flickr.

43/52 for the group 52 of 2012

This week's theme was: Spooky

I thought of the usual graveyard shot, but I've done that before. I therefore took a photo of the country lane where I walk my friends' dog, turned day into night in PhotoShop and added a coach and four that I photographed a few years ago.

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asakiyume From: asakiyume Date: October 27th, 2012 07:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nicely done!! I like it!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: October 27th, 2012 08:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I find fiddling with PhotoShop a bit like writing in the sense that you are too close to what you've produced to say whether it works or not. I'm so glad it does. :)
nutmeg3 From: nutmeg3 Date: October 27th, 2012 07:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I absolutely love this! It makes me think of Alfred Noyes' "The Highwayman," one of my favvorite poems, even though I'm sure it's thoroughly unfashionable of me to admit that.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: October 27th, 2012 08:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have a great fondness for "The Highwayman" and other poems of that ilk, though I have now learned to like modern poetry too.

But that was exactly the sort of image I was after, so I'm glad it worked.
poliphilo From: poliphilo Date: October 27th, 2012 07:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Clever!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: October 27th, 2012 08:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. Once you know how to do it, it's not actually difficult to insert elements from one photo into another, just a bit time-consuming.
inamac From: inamac Date: October 27th, 2012 07:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wonderfully spooky! I like the composition and the detail of the moon.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: October 27th, 2012 08:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I was just hoping, when I took the photo of the lane, that the angle would be right for inserting the coach later.

I had intended to take a photo of an old cottage and put a "ghost" in the garden, but when I went back the following day, the clouds had disappeared and the sun was shining brightly, from totally the wrong direction! This was therefore a sudden stroke of inspiration.
athgarvan From: athgarvan Date: October 27th, 2012 08:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love it. I would love to be able to do it in PhotoShop.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: October 28th, 2012 09:48 am (UTC) (Link)
I've been using PhotoShop elements for some years now and gradually acquired a variety of techniques. Taking something from one photo and inserting it into another is the modern equivalent of cutting it out with scissors and then sticking it into another picture. Not really difficult, but it does take a steady hand and a bit of patience to go round the edges of the object.
sartorias From: sartorias Date: October 27th, 2012 09:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's astounding--would make a terrific book cover!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: October 28th, 2012 09:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. That's the sort of look I was after. :)
aulus_poliutos From: aulus_poliutos Date: October 27th, 2012 09:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
There's a plotbunny or two hiding in this one. :)
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: October 28th, 2012 10:08 am (UTC) (Link)
There's a junction with the main road not all that far from where this picture was taken. Over the years there have been a lot of unexplained crashes there involving just one vehicle. For years I've been telling my husband that it's because a ghostly coach occasionally drives along the old road and across the Llanelltyd Bridge (now blocked to traffic and only accessible to people on foot or bicycle) to emerge unexpectedly by the old church, thus causing cars to swerve. :)
khiemtran From: khiemtran Date: October 27th, 2012 11:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Cool! I like how the front two horses seem to be looking at the camera...
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: October 28th, 2012 09:58 am (UTC) (Link)
They probably were looking at the camera. Or at least they were looking at me as I stood taking the shot. :)

It was back in October 2009 that I just happened to see a coach and four as I was driving to my Welsh class. The photo I used for the ghostly coach wasn't one that I had uploaded to Flickr, but the angle fitted the lane better.
buymeaclue From: buymeaclue Date: October 28th, 2012 01:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, creepy.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: October 28th, 2012 10:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. :)

I actually took the photo of the coach and four back in October 2009. I just happened to two horse drawn coaches as I was driving to my Welsh class. The photo I used for the ghostly coach wasn't one that I had uploaded to Flickr, but the angle fitted the lane better.
readthisandweep From: readthisandweep Date: October 28th, 2012 09:16 am (UTC) (Link)
The Johnny Depp film! Damn - what's it called? Sleepy Hollow! (I was just going to Google it when it came to me.)

That's what I thought - the instant I saw this picture. It's fabulous!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: October 28th, 2012 10:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. That's exactly the effect I was after. :)
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