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A Haunted Picture of The Emily Morgan

It’s Halloween!  Time to get dressed up in your costumes and go to various masquerades and fun events. So, to get you in the mood, I took a shot of the Emily Morgan hotel in San Antonio.

The Emily Morgan Hotel sits on land right next to the famous Alamo in San Antonio Texas.  But what makes it really famous is the hotel is known to be among the most haunted hotels in Texas.

Emily Morgan Haunted
The Haunted Emily Morgan

So,  how did I make the picture look like it’s haunted?

First, I took the picture just after the tower lights came on at dusk.  Second, I had to find the right angle to get the shot I wanted.  While the tower itself is a great piece of Gothic imagery, I wanted to include the roof because of the lines and exquisite detail.  Third, I put the image through a high contrast red filter.

The results are quite spooky.  The clouds suddenly took on this ominous haunted look, while the tower with its lighting really added a ghostly glow to the ornamental sides.

So, enjoy your Halloween, Dias de Muertos, All Saints Day , or just your weekend.  Have fun.

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The Model Bug

Sometimes it’s fun being creative.   Maybe it’s a character fault, I don’t know, but I’m convinced that creative people are just a little off-center every so often. .  The picture above is “Bug Model”.  This critter was at Norris Lake in Tennessee during the summer.  In the early morning, sometime very pre-coffee while my family enjoyed the sunrise on a sundeck, I pulled out my camera to take some snapshots.

I saw this bug and wanted it’s picture but it kept moving.  Not being totally awake yet, remember pre-coffee, I started to mumble something about the insect not being very photogenic.  Suddenly, the little bug stopped and waited for my fumbling hands to start snapping pictures.  Now, I’m not sure why I started talking to it, but I started giving it directions like at a “photo shoot.”   “ Yes, Yes, Perfect… More wing Please, Show me those eyes….  Now tuck the hind leg… Perfect!”…. As I said it, the bug would follow the commands.  It was working!   That’s when I realized half of my family was laughing at me and the other half was wondering if I was on any medication I should tell them about.  You just can’t take life too seriously, besides, it is unorthodox, but, it worked and I got the pictures I wanted.

Unfortunately, upon going home, I soon discovered that my non-caffeinated attempts met with limited success.  The shoot was fun, and I wanted to do something to honor that little bug.

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