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Vive la Muerte

Vive la Muerte - Ghosty Series 2015

Vive la Muerte – Ghosty Series 2015

Some sorrows never die. They leave their echo for all who are sensitive enough to hear them.

At the Alois Hotel, a beautiful, historic and haunted building located in Mt. Joy, PA, the employees and frequent guests swear that there are several kindly, resident ghosts that watch over the property.  One is a woman in white.

This image was taken on the upstairs landing by the Mardi Gras room where I slept after photographing a CD release party last year.  Just last week I returned and this image is the result.  And while I did some cropping and pushed the colors and lighting a bit with my Lightroom software, this photo is basically unaltered from how I shot it.

Vive la Muerte.

Geeky Photo Stuff: Camera: Nikon D800, Lens: Nikon 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0, ƒ/16.0, 22.0 mm, 160 ISO, zero flash.

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Alois Hotel Haunting

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This is a photo of a near fully-formed ectoplasmic entity encountered on 18 February, 2015.  It is part of my ‘Ghosts Imagined’ series.

Last year, I had the great fortune to do a ghost hunt and photo shoot at Bube’s Brewery in Mt. Joy, PA.  This week I returned and tried to capture some entity images at the Alios Hotel, which is restaurant and hotel that is attached to Bube’s Brewery.  The place is a maze of catacombs and connections, color and history and a great place to capture ghost images.

The complex is  huge.  It was built in the 19th century and was a used a brewery throughout most of its very powerful history. It was part of the underground railroad before the Civil War.  Employees now report the place to be haunted with a number of entities. According to the employees these are benevolent entities, but sometimes bit mischievous. It was reported to me that they seem to care about the well-being of the business and it’s current owner Samuel Allen.

More Location Stuff: Alois Hotel  at Bube’s Brewery, Mt. Joy, PA – a haunted 19th century restaurant, bar with attached catacombs tunnels, and a maze of amazing photo ops around every corner.

Geeky Photo Stuff: This was a long exposure made in order to leverage the color vibrance of the upstairs hallway.  The camera was set on a tripod to avoid blur and shake. The ghost was most gracious to appear for the photo. He, along with the other shoot participants and I, all shared food and drink during the shoot.  Ghosts models know how to party I recommend putting out a food tray to attract them during any photo shoot.

Back to the scene of the crime.

In our return to Bube’s Brewery tomorrow we will definitely be looking for more ghosts.

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Last year was an amazing experience as I worked with artists, models and hair/makeup people to document the surreal experience of Bube’s Brewery, a haunted, Underground Railroad building in Mt. Joy Pennsylvania. Now the home of haunted dinner theaters, live music, a wonderfully quirky hotel and an excellent restaurant, this location is a must for anyone who wants to photograph ghosts, real or imagined.  I took this photo last year during a ghost hunt by myself, Sirena Domino Hildebrand and Greg Ferreira prior to a great photoshoot with one of my favorite bands, Sofeya and the Puffins.  Ghost photos are very much a tripod affair.  I’m looking forward to what the event will bring this year.

Lost boys

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Every summer, in the small town of Harpursville, New York, magical forces and mythical beings converge to create the New York Faerie Festival.  There, the barriers between human and animal, magic and muggle, dissolve.  There, these lost boys wander the woods in search of handouts – or a hand – to devour.  This is a wonderful, lush streamside family event with plenty of adult entertainment and brilliant photo opportunities around every corner.  Plan to camp out for the best experience.

Link; The New York Faerie Festival, June 26 to 28, 2015.

Geeky Photo Stuff: I went wide for this shot because I love how it distorts the subject.  I would have been happier if I had a wider lens on the camera at the time, but 28mm was wide enough for this one.
Nikon D800, Tokina ATX Pro 28-70mm f/2.8 Lens at f/2.8  and 28mm. 1/500 sec. Converted to Black and White in Photoshop Lightroom.

Urban Faerie

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Urban Faeries – Some Fae folk that have adapted to deforestation and acclimated to humans. You’ll find them living in cities and towns, taking advantage of deserted buildings and alley ways.  Sometimes they’ll live in attics and cellars of occupied buildings – usually unnoticed. Never to be bothered – at your own peril.

Models: Alex and Julie Abene – The Twin Bees

Designer: Kristin Costa Designs – https://kristincosta.wordpress.com/

Techie Photo Stuff:

This photo was made with the awesome Tokina 11.0-16.0 mm f/2.8 for Nikon – a DX format lens that is worth it’s weight in awesome.  I call it my Tim Burton lens and it is my go to for so many shots because it is small, compact, inexpensive and light for a solid f/2.8 lens. The light was thrown using Nikons onboard wireless controller – CLS – to a Nikon SB-600 speedlight held above the subject in Vogue ‘high key’ position.  Kudos to Bill Gekas and Johannes Vermeer.
  • Nikon D90
  • ƒ/4.0
  • 12.0 mm
  • 1/60 sec
  • 200 iso
  • Flash (on, fired) (Wireless remote)

What haunts you?

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Personal Ghost
“An idea, like a ghost, must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself.” –
Charles Dickens

Photo Techie Stuff (or how to shoot a ghost):

1. Wait until there is a ghost.

2. Grab camera and shoot.

3. Run like hell.

Mom, I’m dating a clown. And he’s evil.

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Any grrrl that has her own snake should be smart enough to know not to date an evil, undead clown.  Gertrude is an exception. All you evil, undead clowns out there take heart – you need not spend your life alone eating Cheetos and watching porn movies; There’s a lid for every pot.

A straight-on, hand-held Nikon flash was fired slightly off camera using Nikon’s wireless CLS system to create an even fill. The aperture was stopped down to reduce ambient intrusion, however you may notice a second head growing out of clown boy’s cheek.