Sunday Morning Mystery: Lost World?

if you go down to the woods today…

This image was my first attempt at creating ghostly figures by using a slow shutter speed, and I came across it again the other day. I converted it to monochrome using Nik’s Silver Efex Pro, and by playing about I got the effect I wanted…the idea of a lost domain, something unattainable…mysterious, wistful, other-worldly. What do you think, does it work? For some reason, it had me thinking of Le Grand Meaulnes (a book by Alain Fournier that I read many years ago)

Lost domain

Lost domain

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14 comments

  1. Works beautifully!! Must be lovely in colour as well.

  2. Interesting, but I’m not sure I’m getting this one. Have you thought of using a theme where you can show your photos bigger? Like Dina does? I always feel that I want to enlarge your lovely images.

  3. I looks like a four legged animal or something mysterious.

  4. Oh yes, I can definitely see that ghost flitting between the trees. 😯

  5. I can see your ghost, Sue, but I think it needs something more? Good that you’re experimenting, though. Much more adventurous than me.
    Jude’s right about the photo size. The bigger, the better 🙂

    • Well, yes, I know about the photo size…. I’ll have a think! This was my earliest Ghost experiment, so will return to this theme and hopefully improve it sometime when I get an opportunity!

  6. It’s so interesting following your experiments as you push yourself in new directions. I’d like to see the original of this shot. Would it enhance the effect even more if the bg was paler? Or would that wash out the work you’ve already done?

    • I tried with both darker and paler backgrounds, and this seemed tome to be the best compromise…..I need to practise some more shots…… Glad you like it! 🙂

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