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The Stanley Effect

No better way to spend Valentine’s day than staying in a haunted hotel. After taking a 90min ghost tour, one that happens to have a stop near your room, you are expected to enjoy your dinner and get a good nights sleep. Well, that didn’t quite happen. I am still deciding if I really heard the sound of turn of the century nannies moving their steam trunks across the floors in the rooms above us. No kidding. I’m not 100% sure, but I am about 90% sure that is what I experienced.

You can read more about the Stanley Effect by clicking here.

Nikon D300
Tokina 11-16 ATX Pro
Gitzo Traveler

Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 11.5 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Metered Shutter Speed: 2.0s

Processing Notes:
Capture (4 Images)
Photomatix (HDR/Tonemapping)
Photoshop (Curves adjustment – color cast, global contrast)
NIK Color EFX Pro (Tonal Contrast selectively applied to hotel and foreground)
Photoshop (Vibrance/Saturation boost)
Photoshop (Resize)
NIK Sharpener (Display 40% adaptive)

Tip: When working at night, especially cold nights, I have found that using mountain bike gloves does a good job of keeping my hands warm while still retaining their dexterity.

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  1. Hey Justin! Great shot (as always) and nice to hear that you guys got a little time away together in spite of the spirits that kept you up all night! Can you please share how long the exposures were? I can see stars in the sky so I know these shots had to be longer exposures… thanks much and keep up the great work!

    • Howdy!

      Thanks much. I checked the exif data, and the metered exposure was 2.0sec. The other shots (2 down and 1 up) were 1 stop each from there.

      Hope that helps.

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