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The Antelope Ghost

By MikeBonsall  
I came across a number of other visitors whilst making my way through the Lower Antelope Canyon and waited patiently on numerous occasions for them to pass before releasing the shutter. Eventually I had the idea that I could maybe incorporate one of these people in one of my pictures.

This is the result of one single 1.3 second exposure incorporating one of these people.

I must admit to feeling the hairs on the back of my neck standing up whilst I was working on this image last night. I love the way that the movement captured by the camera has somehow combined with the natural flow of the sandstone and especially love the way that the lower limbs and hand are so clearly defined. For me what really makes the image is the way that the supernatural 'face' in the rock above combines with the ghostly image.


Tags: Antelope canyon Landscape and travel

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Morgs 9 20 62 Wales
14 Jun 2011 9:23PM
And fabulous it is. Well conceived idea and wonderfully executed. Mono suits the image very well.


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martin.w 16 520 22 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2011 9:40PM
Spooky Wink

A great idea to use the figure and the slow shutter has created a very atmospheric image Smile
pmorgan 11 217 13 England
14 Jun 2011 10:09PM
Superb work Mike - Peter Lik would be proud! Smile

chris-p Plus
12 67 England
14 Jun 2011 11:17PM
Amazing ...........
BillyGoatGruff 11 191 199 England
14 Jun 2011 11:20PM
Hypnotic and very, very spooky!

MikeBonsall 12 474 3 Guernsey
14 Jun 2011 11:34PM
cheers guys. I must say that I keep coming back to this image. It really reminds me of the early surrealist experiments in photography, when photography itself was very much seen as something magical and mysterious.

When I first got hold of a camera as a young, wide-eyed teenager I was captivated by the mystical world that the camera could miraculously reveal. This image has somehow rekindled that feeling for me.

martinl 14 269 2 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2011 9:35AM
Full of atmosphere Mike, wonderful. Shortlisted.
SWMahy 10 21 2 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2011 1:42PM
The solidity of the rock contrasts so well with the spectral shape. I agree there is something charmingly old-fashioned and atmospheric about this.

I can imagined this standing quietly in a dusty back room somewhere, occasionally scaring the willies out of anyone who dares look at it too long.

Richsr 11 91 223 England
15 Jun 2011 3:01PM
Certainly worked well this one Mike.
Regards Richard
mattw 14 5.2k 10 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2011 5:04PM
What a mesmerising piece of work Mike!
I couldn't work what was going on until I read the description.
derekhansen Plus
9 210 24 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2011 8:29PM
A very well conceived and executed image Mike. Great impact.
MikeBonsall 12 474 3 Guernsey
15 Jun 2011 9:43PM
cheers for the great comments and awards Smile

Nigel_95 Plus
12 262 2 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2011 11:24PM
Terrific idea and end result.

jaktis 14 84 Sweden
16 Jun 2011 4:47AM
Magical feeling


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