Haunted Heart

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© Doug Thompson
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Photo Info
UploadedSeptember 1, 2007
TakenMarch 12, 2006
ModelCanon EOS-1Ds Mark II
Exposure133.1 sec at f/6.3
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length24 mm
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Photo license: © All rights reserved

I had a job photographing views from a man lift for a new development. During the shoot I noticed this old shack that they were going to tear down so I decided to photograph it that night after the sunset views. I was feeling the pain of a breakup so I wanted to express myself hoping it would help. I recruited my neighbor, Ray, to be the ghostly figure in the window.

This was about a two minute exposure on a Canon 1DS Mark II. I set the camera on bulb and tungsten white balance. Then I ran inside and strobed the interior with a flash while Ray stood over a flashlight. Then I ran back to the camera and carefully screwed a deep red filter to the lens so we could paint the walls with a flashlight. Ray did the heart and I did the "keep out".

17 responses

  • cosimo moccia

    cosimo moccia said (1 Sep 2007):

    excellent picture!

  • Thaddeus Sharp

    Thaddeus Sharp gave props (3 Sep 2007):

    all that work paid off...excellent!

  • Sean Davis

    Sean Davis said (3 Sep 2007):

    Superb technique.
    You architectural guys really know your color balance and long exposure. Was this captured on the first try, or did it take a few frames?

  • Waddy Thompson

    Waddy Thompson gave props (3 Sep 2007):

    The flashlight painting is just excellent! Like the clouds too.

  • Doug Thompson

    Doug Thompson said (4 Sep 2007):

    Thanks! Probably 75% of my commercial exposures are 2 seconds or longer. I actually shot nearly a dozen exposures with this one being #9 or so. It was very dark and difficult not to trip over all the debris. I couldn't use a light to see where I was going or it would have ruined the exposure.

  • Frederic Frognier

    Frederic Frognier (Deleted) said (14 Sep 2007):

    I love your photos! Lighting is so fabulous. Great work!

  • michelle tricca

    michelle tricca gave props (4 Feb 2008):

    another brilliant image of self expression & technical savvy

  • Laurie Search

    Laurie Search gave props (5 Feb 2008):

    Wow, awesome!

  • Reggie Mateo

    Reggie Mateo gave props (2 Nov 2008):

    That's a lot of work for one photograph, but it was worth it.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

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  • Latrenia Bryant

    Latrenia Bryant gave props (9 Sep 2009):

    Awesomely! Amazing!!

  • alexia velez

    alexia velez said (13 Sep 2009):

    wow thats crazyy cool

  • A. Selman Nur

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  • Anders Wimpelman

    Anders Wimpelman said (1 Mar 2010):

    amazing shoot, in concept and execution!

  • Karl Brauneis

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  • B. Orion

    B. Orion gave props (11 Jun 2012):

    Love it. =D

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