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Ghostly Figure.

By paulbroad
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.


Tags: Portraits and people Man ghost film

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ErictheViking 5 124 102 Scotland
17 Feb 2013 1:32PM
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 10 123 1235 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2013 2:03PM
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.

ErictheViking 5 124 102 Scotland
17 Feb 2013 2:06PM
Maybe you've just answered the mystery Paul and it is his ghost Wink

paulbroad 10 123 1235 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2013 3:09PM
The mod is an improvement, Eric. a bit more oooomph!

pamelajean Plus
12 1.0k 1997 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2013 6:57PM
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.
paulbroad 10 123 1235 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2013 8:28PM
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.


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