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The Vanishing Lamplighter - Long exposure

Posted on Wednesday, April 28, 2004
Uploaded by Lottie
The Vanishing Lamplighter - Long exposure
Image credit: (Copyright expired) archive image

Uploader comment: The first ghosts in photographs were the result of accidents. During a long exposure--such as those required in photography's infancy--a person who stood still would register as clearly as a building. But a person who moved out of camera range after only a portion of the exposure was completed would instead appear as a see-through blur.

Image status: HOAX Demonstrating how long exposures can produce "ghosts" in old photos.


Recent comments on this image
Comment icon #10 Posted by mandamay321 on 11/13/2004
kinda like the horses head, dead head
Comment icon #9 Posted by arcane on 12/10/2004
the woman on the street on the left has a ghostly fell about her......o~0
Comment icon #8 Posted by ghost@borley on 12/21/2004
Camaras in those days wern't up 2 much but u never know??
Comment icon #7 Posted by dr_kelz on 1/7/2005
so why would you leve a ladder in the street to wait for the ghost???????
Comment icon #6 Posted by iseedeadppl on 1/18/2005
well if the fact that when someone moved they appeared as ghosts is true , if you look closely the figure isnt moving its standing .If it was moving up the ladder wouldnt it have a diffrent shape?
Comment icon #5 Posted by tygurtar on 1/20/2005
its a ghost standing on the ladder that is just left there for no reason! omg and look at the ghost of the woman across the street! oh my, look at the horses head! the horses head is dead, yet the rest of it still lives! its a miracle! iseedeadppl, if an object moves fast enough then whatever image the camera might have picked up gets "covered" by the rest of the scene, which is much brighter than the object. Try taking a long exposure of a car on the highway from an overpass at night. the h...
Comment icon #4 Posted by e.b.e. on 1/21/2005
I think the ladder looks strange because part of it looks like its in front of the ladder but the rest is behind it.
Comment icon #3 Posted by lunamoon on 1/23/2005
How about the orb to the right of the cart?
Comment icon #2 Posted by doubtingthomas on 1/30/2005
Orb? Oh, you mean speck. Anyways, as has been said, this is proof that just because it was around before Photoshop, doesn't mean it's real. Faked ghost photos were all the rage in the mid - late 1800's.
Comment icon #1 Posted by nme_locus on 3/4/2005
So, there's a ghost lighting a street lamp.. I wonder how much he got paid per hour...hum
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