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Double Exposure


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Photo by: William Lewis

Although this photograph of the full moon at Michigan’s Old Presque Isle Lighthouse was taken this past July 12th, it could be considered a great Halloween picture.

Actually the photo is the result of a double exposure, something the 25-year-old Minolta XD-11 camera of William Lewis of Presque Isle. Michigan, allowed him to do on purpose.

The first exposure was of the lighthouse scene using a zoom lens at about 85mm. The sun had already set and the moon was rising. It would have been faintly visible through the clouds in the scene, if it hadn’t been hidden behind the roof of the bell support next to the tower.

He second exposure was taken a couple of hours later after switching to his 1,000,mm Celestron lens, when the moon was higher in a then clear, darkened sky. It was also taken from a different location where William had a clear view of nothing but moon and sky. If he hadn’t used a big lens, the moon would have appeared smaller than a dime in a 4x6 photo.

Film selection, camera settings, etc. are important, so William hasn’t given away all his secrets. The only think lacking ion the photo is the ghost, but in July, it might have been too early in the year for him to make an appearance.

This story appeared in the October 2003 edition of Lighthouse Digest Magazine. The print edition contains more stories than our internet edition, and each story generally contains more photographs - often many more - in the print edition. For subscription information about the print edition, click here.

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