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Ghost Bride of the Battery



Poor Victoria McMenamin. She promised a young Paul her hand in marriage before he left for the second Great War; but Paul lost his life at the Battle of Wake. R...
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Poor Victoria McMenamin. She promised a young Paul her hand in marriage before he left for the second Great War; but Paul lost his life at the Battle of Wake. Receiving word of Paul’s death, Victoria followed shortly, falling tragically to her death at the Kuhn Cinema.

Now, Victoria wanders the abandoned Battery, a gun base under Fort Stevens. Lost and in search of her betrothed.
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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in an area of Oregon known as The Batteries. There's a plethora of local urban myths and folklore surrounding the area involving lonely spirits and the death of soldiers. Of course, none of this is true; but, it's fun to think about.
Time
Despite the dark hallways, and dismal atmosphere, I took this late on a sunny afternoon.
Lighting
The sunlight shining through the old bunkers creates some of the best atmosphere.
Equipment
Nothing fancy, just a Nikon D5100, a tripod, and a ladder.
Inspiration
I'm fascinated with the eerie atmosphere of the Pacific Northwest; Twin Peaks country, ya know? This area is chock full of secrets and magic. Also Samsquanches.
Editing
This is actually three photos compiled into one. I had my model stand on a ladder snapping my first shot, then took two others after removing the ladder to get a good range of highlights and shadows. The magic happens in Photoshop, using non destructive editing, and a few other tricks. I can't give up all my secrets.
In my camera bag
A few years ago, I inherited my fathers old camera equipment. It's all Nikon gear from the 70s. An old nifty 50, a mirror lens, a telephoto. With the exception of the 50, the other lenses were custom built. The convenient thing about Nikon's is that you can use old FX lenses with them, without needing an expensive adapter. Of course, this means you have to know how to shoot in manual too. I keep these in my bag along with my 5100, lens cloths, cleaning solution, etc.
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