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Time Travel - To A Haunted Past? | by Pierre Contant
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Time Travel - To A Haunted Past?

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Location

This image was taken at Opemican , one of my favorite places to visit that is close by. For more details about Opemican, see this photo. This image was taken with my buddy Martin who should post his version soon.

 

Technical

This is my second attempt at star trails. This image is a 31 minute exposure while the light painting of the house as done on another exposure which was blended. So what do you do for 31 minutes in the dark while this exposure is being recorded? Easy - Since this Ghost town is on the lakefront of Lake Temiscaming, you head out to sit on the dock to gaze at the stars and mostly think about the fact that this place is Haunted! (Oh yeah I forgot. A cold Canadian Beer helps quench your thirst while you wait.)

 

Strobist

The house interior was exposed with several flashes of an SB-25 at full power. I used DIY gels. They are actually cutouts from colour binders purchased at the Dollar Store. The house was then illuminated with a 12V Spot Light pointed into a silver umbrella. The house needed to be painted with light in order to expose it all. I couldn't expose the far end as I would have been seen by the camera.

 

The Haunted House – READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!

This house has a history of haunted stories. I have been told some stories of this ‘resident ghost’ by the son of the caretaker who managed this establishment many years ago when it was in operation. And when this similar image was taken a year ago, something mysterious happened that makes me believe that there may be some truth behind these stories. And that said, whether you believe in these stories or not, I can tell you that when you enter this house at night in total darkness in order to flash the rooms with gels, you start to think about what you may encounter. And like always I tend to not close my eyes fast enough when firing the flash which ends up worsening my ability to see. So as I walk around the house, blinded by flashes, I must use my hands and feel around, looking for walls and doorways to get from room to room. And as I navigate throught the house, I always dread the thought of touching something.....that may be warm, that may move or even grab me……

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Taken on November 6, 2008