Friday, October 29, 2010

Star-struck iron ghost of the past

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Or, in other words, an abandoned vessel rusting away on a beach at night overlaid with streaks of light formed by stars in a long-exposure shot … but the title sounds more poetic.

You may notice the rather ghostly figure at the rear (or stern) of the ship, there. I was momentarily puzzled by such an apparent apparition, until I remembered it was a long-exposure shot, which signaled that the person had simply strayed into the shot and stood there for a while as the camera was collecting light, resulting in a translucid figure. So don’t you go around claiming it’s more evidence of ghosts! (Seriously, some would. Hence the usefulness of critical thought.)

(via The Daily Grail)