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Mark Sawyer
22-May-2017, 14:15
One of the stranger traditions in photography is "spirit photography", dating back (at least) to William Mumler's work in the 1860's. It was taken very seriously in its day; Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a big believer in it, as was Alfred Russell Wallace, co-discoverer of the theory of evolution. Mary Todd Lincoln had her portrait taken with the "spirit" of her deceased husband Abraham behind her.

These days it's more an amusement. My students and I made quite a few pinhole spirit photographs when I was teaching high school photography, and it's still a fun thing to do with friends who drop by for wet plate portraits. Here are a couple from yesterday, keeping the 150+ year old tradition alive...

http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g139/Owen21k/Spirit%201%20s_zps88crc0hc.jpg (http://s55.photobucket.com/user/Owen21k/media/Spirit%201%20s_zps88crc0hc.jpg.html)

http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g139/Owen21k/Spirit%202%20s_zps1h3uzz1e.jpg (http://s55.photobucket.com/user/Owen21k/media/Spirit%202%20s_zps1h3uzz1e.jpg.html)

jon.oman
23-May-2017, 07:21
This is a self-portrait I did a while ago, using an 4x5 pinhole camera.


http://www.gophotog.org/allphotos/pinhole/large_photos/SelfPortrait.jpg

Tim Meisburger
23-May-2017, 09:50
here is mine, of a ghost in Paris...
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ScottPhotoCo
23-May-2017, 18:43
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170524/e4a8fbdd9933ac6d4a9cb5b16adb73cc.jpg

Does this count?

Robert Brazile
25-May-2017, 04:50
Ha! Counts for me.

Here's mine:

https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3687/10788292806_4b07bfbf6b_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/hrjPAo)
CSC-017, Ghost (https://flic.kr/p/hrjPAo) by Robert Brazile (https://www.flickr.com/photos/rbrazile/), on Flickr

Robert

bgh
25-May-2017, 08:08
What a great idea for a thread! I finally got around to giving one of these a try a month or two ago during a return visit to the 1906 South Presbyterian Church in Syracuse together with my architect friend and colleague. His "spirit" is there on the balcony, though I didn't have the timing quite right and he's a bit, well, pale. It was fun to try anyway!

Bruce

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4x5, Shen Hao. Acros 100, Fujinon 150mm, Epson V750 flatbed scan

austin granger
25-May-2017, 08:28
https://c1.staticflickr.com/6/5186/5734499029_641fe8ebb5_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/9JJNLV)Ghost, Abandoned Farmhouse, Sauvie Island (https://flic.kr/p/9JJNLV) by Austin Granger (https://www.flickr.com/photos/austingranger/), on Flickr

austin granger
25-May-2017, 08:31
https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8186/8081836179_5f124a7d1e_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/djawk6)Self with Guitar, Alvord Desert, Oregon (https://flic.kr/p/djawk6) by Austin Granger (https://www.flickr.com/photos/austingranger/), on Flickr

John Olsen
25-May-2017, 17:15
This is from 1996 in Albuquerque. A note blew against my fence so I staged a ghost photo to suit. It provided lots of entertainment for my neighbors who were having a front yard BBQ at the time. This is scanned from the print. (The house was built in 1883 so a little ghostliness was in order.)

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rorye
26-May-2017, 15:49
From Battery Godfrey165400

Mad Kiwi
31-May-2017, 15:31
Ha! Counts for me.

Here's mine:

https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3687/10788292806_4b07bfbf6b_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/hrjPAo)
CSC-017, Ghost (https://flic.kr/p/hrjPAo) by Robert Brazile (https://www.flickr.com/photos/rbrazile/), on Flickr

Robert

Super work, just perfect

David Lobato
31-May-2017, 16:05
Unknown tourist stepped into the scene when I pushed the cable release.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/55432652/Big%20Spring%20Can%20Overlook%20003%20875LFF.jpg

tgtaylor
31-May-2017, 17:45
Don't you just hate that when it happens? Except for the blur it looks like it would make a fine print. Maybe some retouching of the negative or print could eliminate it. I have a somewhat easier albeit larger problem with a faint wisp of cloud in the Manzanar image posted in the Kallitype thread. I could possibly spot it out but it's 2 or 3 inches in length.

Thomas

John Olsen
31-May-2017, 20:42
Unknown tourist stepped into the scene when I pushed the cable release.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/55432652/Big%20Spring%20Can%20Overlook%20003%20875LFF.jpg

If you're not hung up on full-frame purity, why not crop out that far right side? Good image that way too, I think.
(My personal curse is an unexpected bird flying into the frame, so I do sympathize.)

ImSoNegative
2-Jun-2017, 04:18
A ghost that was kind enough to pose for me beside her stone

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4222/34205347834_c01c4d2f4c_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/U7Bmds)img213 (https://flic.kr/p/U7Bmds) by john golden (https://www.flickr.com/photos/126756312@N03/), on Flickr

Robert Brazile
7-Jun-2017, 11:37
Thanks, Mad Kiwi!