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I've put this in for speculation. It was shot in 1963 on a Halina 35X on a tripod for 1 second @ f5.6. Film was home processed Ferrania - remember that. I used to weigh out the chemicals at work on nights in the lab. The reason I've put it in is the ghostly figure on the left. looks to be leaning forward, has hat on and sweat towel.
It ids the casting of molten steel from an open hearth furnace.

Nothing special in itself, but that man could not have been there. He would have fried. The camera had a double exposure prevention winding device and I swear it was not contrived or fixed in any way. AP had a look at it a year or so later and could not suggest a reason.

35mm slide scanned at 3200dpi on Epson 4990 flat bed and processed in CS3.

Any ideas.

Paul

Lens:fixed
Recording media:Ferrania
Title:Ghostly Figure.
Username:paulbroad paulbroad
Uploaded:17 Feb 2013 - 9:09 AM
Tags:Man; ghost; film;, Portraits / people
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ErictheViking
ErictheViking e2 Member 1124 forum postsErictheViking vcard Scotland102 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2013 - 1:32 PM

Hi Paul
I love this shot and I see what you mean, for the non-believers its a bit of lens flare? from the molten steel or for the believers its just what it looks like the ghost of a past steel worker keeping a watch on the process!!

I find I like shots like this to really have high saturation so I could resist adjusting the levels slightly and boosting the saturation.

It also seems to show up our friend better so maybe your initial thoughts are right?

Eric Grin

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom843 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2013 - 2:03 PM

It is interesting. What caused a bit of fun at the time was that a chap had been killed on that furnace quite a few years earlier. Deaths and injury in the industry were once quite common. Not uncommon in my early years. Made a good story.

Paul

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ErictheViking
ErictheViking e2 Member 1124 forum postsErictheViking vcard Scotland102 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2013 - 2:06 PM

Maybe you've just answered the mystery Paul and it is his ghost Wink

Eric

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom843 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2013 - 3:09 PM

The mod is an improvement, Eric. a bit more oooomph!

Paul

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pamelajean Critique Team 8752 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1578 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2013 - 6:57 PM

I love spooky things like this, Paul, and am quite happy to believe it's a ghostly figure.
Of course, if someone were to investigate further, they could get a picture of the man who was killed there a few years earlier and compare the two. That would be interesting.
Pamela.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom843 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2013 - 8:28 PM

The supposed death was in the early 1950's so a picture would be difficult to track down. I have always found it interesting, though. Can only think it was some kind of reflection or refraction as the furnace crew were standing behind me watching. I could imagine one of them leaning on the handrail resulting in a bodily shape like my ghost here.

Paul

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