Something a Little Different

Every now and then an accident turns into a great shot!

Daily Photo – Something a Little Different

While I was taking those sunrise photos on Sunday I set my camera to snap a set of three brackets to which I walked in front of the camera, but I had walked out of the frame prior to the final (longest exposure) finishing. The result a ghostly transparent version of me staring out over the river.

I thought it was kind of cool and I hope you all like it! Again I’d love if you’d share this post on your own social networks – yesterday’s sharing sent a record number of people from Facebook to Phogropathy – Thanks everyone! 🙂


  1. Janine

    That’s crazy cool! You should experiment more with that style! 🙂

  2. Michele

    Hello. I’m stopping by from your comment on DPS. This photo is amazing! Thank you for sharing.

  3. John Davenport Post author

    Thanks Daniel! Always nice to hear when my photography inspires someone to share 🙂

  4. Debbie K

    Love this image and thought for sure it was photoshopped! I do a lot of HDR but never considered stepping into the frame like this. Great inspiration and I’ll have to try it some time. Thanks for sharing.

  5. John Davenport Post author

    Well I mean there is a tid bit of photoshopping to get the details to where they are, I mostly used Topaz Adjust 5 for that. However, I’m assuming you meant the transparency of the person in the frame. Which is infact just me standing infront of a long exposure for only a fraction of the full exposure. I used an ND filter to create the longer exposure time to allow me to do this without blowing out the sky/snow.

  6. Heather MacKenzie

    John, this is an awesome picture! keep it up!

  7. Kristin Stusiak

    I have never tried photo in HDR and don’t know how to set it to shoot 3 in a row on my Canon… now i have to look it up… you inspired me for sure 😉

  8. John Davenport Post author

    Always happy to hear when I’ve inspired someone! I’m not familiar with Canon’s cameras, but most DSLRs these days are capable of bracketing exposures – Even if you google “How to auto bracket with [insert your camera model]” you’ll probably find thousands of results! Good luck!

  9. Jan Stoll

    Great photo!! Need to try something like this.

  10. Holly

    Was looking though your photos again and came back to this one. It really is very cool in an almost creepy way. This “ghost of the river” is really well put together. It tells a story. This cold, the stillness, the solitude, the loneliness make a very interesting picture. It could be a book cover for a mystery novel.

  11. Stacy Taylor

    I agree with the rest of the bunch — one of the coolest, most interesting photos I’ve ever seen!

  12. Darlene

    Kristin – look for the AEB setting somewhere in your menu. Set it to shoot 3 shots, 2 stops apart for max range. You then need to process your bracketed images together into a tone mapped HDR image using either Photomatix, Photoshop or some other program that you like for processing.

  13. Darlene

    Oh and Trey Ratcliff has some great ebook on how to do HDR images. I think John has linked to them somewhere on this site – John?

  14. Phyllis

    As a beginner in photography as a hobby, & as a new subscriber to your newsletters, I was looking thru your website & came across this photo. It just blew me away! Really, really awesome! I hope to achieve something as unique as this photo one day in my photos. Thanks for sharing.

  15. John Davenport Post author

    Glad you’re enjoying the site Phyllis! This is still one of my favorite photographs and I’m glad you were able to find it 🙂

    Thanks for subscribing as well!