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Staircase Shadow
Image credit: © Fate_happens

Uploader comment: I took this picture in the abandoned section of a local school on my Holga camera. I know Holgas are famous for their unusual images, but I've taken literally hundreds of pictures with this camer and have never seen anything like this. I also took several in the same place right after this and they all came out completly normally. I thought it could've been an error in printing, but the image is very clearly on the negative. I have no idea what this could be.


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Comment icon #10 Posted by Graves on 13 August, 2011, 18:26
Interesting image
Comment icon #9 Posted by Rottcodd on 22 July, 2011, 14:42
The flash wouldn't have to be attached. If you look at the light pattern on the stairs, you can see how closely it matches the shape of the anomaly. The dark spot is accounted for by the presence of the less reflective fan or chair.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Fate_happens on 18 July, 2011, 2:03
SquareTraveler, my flash isn't built into my camera, though and I almost never use it unless I absolutely have to, but here there was a big window at the bottom of the staircase near the ceiling, so I had it off my camera.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Rottcodd on 7 July, 2011, 17:03
Fate_happens, the photographic anomaly follows the pattern of the flash very closely. On such a camera, the flash itself can leak light into the camera. What likely happened here is that the light from the flash reflected off the surfaces and back through the low-tech and open shutter.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Blues Girl on 19 June, 2011, 21:46
Could it possibly be a spirit or maybe a vortex that the spirits come and go through?
Comment icon #5 Posted by Fate_happens on 15 June, 2011, 3:12
I have to disagree about the light leaks. I've had this camera for a long time and it has never had a single light leak before or since. Also, mine isn't a modified 120, its a 35mm.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Rottcodd on 13 June, 2011, 23:59
I have a couple of Holgas, and this effect appears in several of the images from the modified 120. It's a light leak, which is one of the charms of such cameras.
Comment icon #3 Posted by kitco on 5 June, 2011, 19:34
I dont see anything.?
Comment icon #2 Posted by s t e l l a on 5 June, 2011, 18:57
Cool photo. I don't know much about distorted images and what cameras can do what, I'm no expert, but this looks like it could be a spirit formation. It does have a slight shape of a body...interesting.
Comment icon #1 Posted by Desert Shroud on 2 June, 2011, 15:43
Awsome pic! Would creep me right out!
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